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For Nonprofits

The Community Foundation invests directly in nonprofit organizations, communities, and systems change to solve problems and change lives. We seek out and support innovative solutions that lead to community transformation. We are fortunate to partner with thousands of local nonprofits who are working every day to make our communities a better place for all who call our region their home.

Open Grant Opportunities

The Resilience Fund

The Resilience Fund is interested in identifying community-based solutions which respond to federal policy shifts impacting our region. Organizations located in or serving the Greater Washington region may submit a letter of inquiry for programs addressing current or emerging issues, including immigration, justice reform and civil rights roll-backs, and efforts that expand access to citizenship and democracy including voter registration and participation efforts. New proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by the Fund’s Steering Committee in 2019.  

Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund

The Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund was created to support local nonprofits with a demonstrated track record in successfully preserving, protecting or encouraging sustainable use of exceptional natural or built environments in the National Capital Region, particularly those environments affecting low-income populations. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for general operating or program-specific grant requests.

GRANT ROUNDS 2018-2019

As a trusted steward of local charitable assets on behalf of hundreds of donors in the region, The Community Foundation operates many individual grant rounds at various times throughout the year. We have listened to our nonprofit partners and in FY19 will continue to group funding opportunities into fewer rounds with uniform due dates. The Community Foundation will offer three grant rounds in the coming year:

Winter 2018

RFP Opens: November 5, 2018

Spring 2019

RFP Opens: february 4, 2019

Summer 2019

RFP Opens: june 10, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. New opportunities may be added to the list over time.

Types of Grants offered by the community foundation

Discretionary Grants

The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application process, usually during three scheduled grant rounds (see schedule above). Grant committees complete a rigorous review of each application to determine how funding is distributed based on criteria established to fulfill the charitable mission of the fund. Learn more about some of these funds.

Donor Recommended Grants

The Community Foundation stewards a variety of donor advised funds. Grants from these funds are awarded based upon the recommendation of the donor (or their designated representative) to the causes and organizations they choose. These are not open or competitive application opportunities. In most cases, we do not share the donor’s information.

The Community Foundation can only make grants to nonprofit organizations which are tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or an entity that meets IRS charitable guidelines. Find more answers to frequently asked questions.

resources for nonprofits

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Communications Guidelines for Grantees


Gifts Online 101 Webinar for Applicants


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions