Mayor Bowser Announces Grant Awards to Community Organizations Working to Prevent Violence

Mayor Bowser has announced 33 awardees of the City Innovation Fund’s Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant Competition, administered by the Greater Washington Community Foundation. The grants, which total $1.5 million, are part of Mayor Bowser’s Safer, Stronger DC initiative.

“We know that public safety and violence prevention are not just policing issues,” said Mayor Bowser. “As my Administration works with the community to build a safer, stronger DC, these grants will provide financial resources to outstanding organizations that are improving the lives of individuals and families in neighborhoods throughout our city.”

The grants will support the work of organizations whose missions and programs provide targeted interventions and strategies that:

  • reduce incidents of violent crime;
  • improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of residents in the priority communities;
  • increase community and civic participation; and
  • engag e residents in meaningful and productive activities.

The 33 organizations were selected through an independent grant management process managed by the Greater Washington Community Foundation. 

“We applaud the District’s leadership in providing critical assistance to community-based organizations in the form of general operating grants and capacity-building support," said Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. "The Community Foundation is proud to partner with District leadership to administer the City Fund and advance our shared goal of improving the quality of life throughout the region.”

In all, 104 organizations applied for funding this round – the most ever for a Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant Competition. The following organizations are being awarded grants:

  • Access Inc.
  • Apple Tree Early Learning Public Charter School
  • Bread for the City
  • City Kids in the Wilderness Project
  • City Year DC
  • Citydance Ensemble, Inc
  • Collaborative Solutions for Communities
  • DC Creative Writing Worksho
  • DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Inc
  • DC Youth Orchestra Program
  • Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC
  • East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership
  • Excel Automotive Institute
  • Exodus Treatment Center
  • FAIR Girls
  • Homes for Hope Inc.
  • Innercity Collaborative Community Development Corporation
  • Institute for African Man Development Inc.
  • Jah Kente International, Inc.
  • Kid Power
  • Live It Learn It
  • Men Can Stop Rape
  • Nomis Youth Network
  • One Common Unity
  • Open City Advocates
  • Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC
  • Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment – SAFE Inc.
  • Teens Run DC
  • University Legal Services
  • Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
  • Y.O.U.R. Community Center
  • Young Women’s Project
  • Youth Entrepreneur Institute

The disbursement of grant payments is contingent on organizations successfully satisfying all District of Columbia business and tax requirements. In Fall 2017, during the next round of grants, an additional $1.4 million will be awarded. Technical assistance will be provided to organizations interested in applying and those that did not get funded this round.

Information on the final grantmaking round is forthcoming. Visit the City Fund website for more information.