37 Local Nonprofits Awarded $1.3 Million in Grants to Support Community-Driven Work

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $1.3 million in grants to 37 nonprofit organizations serving District residents on behalf of the City Fund’s Safer, Stronger DC Opportunity grant initiative.
“The Safer, Stronger DC Opportunity Grant is a targeted approach to assist nonprofits who are actively engaged in empowering our most vulnerable communities every day,” said Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “The Community Foundation supports placed-based grantmaking that serves the immediate and diverse needs of our various neighborhoods and residents.  We applaud the District’s leadership in partnering with the nonprofit sector to improve quality of life outcomes for our most at-need neighbors.”
The awardee organizations will receive grants for up to $50,000 for project/program support in the following issue areas:  arts, education, environment, health, public safety, senior and disability services and workforce development.  The grant period is one-year.
This grant from the City Fund has provided the Far Southeast Collaborative an opportunity to create a Community Impact Center that is truly be community-driven.  The Center will provide a serene space where those residing and/or working in the community can build upon the concept of “Each One, Teach One,” said Perry Moon, Executive Director of Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative.  “Residents will be provided an opportunity to not only further develop their skills sets, but also teach others in their community those skills. It will be a space for not only learning, teaching, and having fun, but also a space for obtaining resources by being self-guided or with assistance.”
Today’s announcement serves as the fourth round of another very competitive and rigorous grantmaking process.    The Community Foundation received over 80 proposals totaling $3.6 million in funding requests. 
To date, the City Fund has committed more than $10 million of its $15 million to nonprofits that are using proven and effective methods to deliver programs that contribute to a prosperous and sustainable city for all.
About The Community Foundation
The Community Foundation is an independent, public charity, with an independent board of trustees. The Foundation utilized an independent grant review committee, during the review process, comprised of individuals with no direct D.C. government affiliation.  As the City Fund Administrator, The Community Foundation is charged with implementing the City Fund’s grantmaking strategy which began in October 2013.  For more information, visit

 About The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Opportunity Grant
The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant seeks to provide funding to nonprofits that help improve the lives of individuals and families living in District neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by inequities related to social determinants of health including:

  • Access to educational, economic and job opportunities
  • Access to health care services
  • Quality of education and job training
  • Recurring exposure to violent crime.

Nonprofit grant recipients include:

Breast Care for Washington
Building Bridges Across the River
Calvary Women's Services Inc.
City Gate
Collaborative Solutions for Communities
College Success Foundation
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Community Services Agency of Metropolitan Washington AFL CIO
DC Creative Writing Workshop
DC Urban Greens Inc.
Do The Write Thing Foundation of DC*
FAIR Girls
Family Matters of Greater Washington
Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative
The Fishing School
For Love of Children
Healthy Babies Project Inc.
Higher Achievement Program
Institute for Local Self Reliance
Kid Power
Leading Educators
Living Classrooms
The Muscianship Inc.
Open City Advocates
Reading Partners
Rockson Community Development Corporation
Seabury Resources for Aging
Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment
Teens Run DC
Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
Thrive DC
Turning the Page
Urban Teachers
Washington DC Police Foundation
Washington Parks and People
Young Playwrights Theater Inc.
* Grantee and fiscal sponsor on behalf of Swagola Productions