The Greater Washington Community Foundation is the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region – we have granted over $1 billion to over 8,000 nonprofits in our 43-year history, including about $80 million in the past year.

Available Grant Opportunities

The following competitive funding opportunities are available to nonprofit organizations serving residents of the metropolitan Washington region and eligible individuals in the metropolitan Washington area. Our ability to make grants and scholarships depends on the source and availability of grant/scholarship funds. Please review eligibility guidelines, requirements, and deadlines. Please note that unsolicited or out-of-area applications/proposals will not be accepted.


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The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant

The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant seeks to fund nonprofits that help improve the lives of individuals and families living in District neighborhoods disproportionately affected 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 and recurring exposure to violent crime.


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The Community Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund is issuing a call for ideas on solutions that support poverty disruption through wealth-building, impact investing, and other strategies that provide economic opportunities for low-income residents of the Greater Washington region. 


The Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund

The Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund was created to support local nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated track record in successfully preserving, protecting or encouraging sustainable use of exceptional natural or built environments in the Greater Washington region, particularly those environments affecting low-income populations.


Prince George’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiative Innovation Grant Fund

The Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) Fund for Community Innovation was established by the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive and Prince George’s County Public Schools. The Fund provides general operating, program funding, and capacity building support to school-and community-based organizations that currently provide quality free and/or affordable programming for youth, ages 0-18, and families living in Prince George’s County in its TNI communities.

Grant Rounds for 2017-2018

As a trusted steward of local charitable assets on behalf of hundreds of donors in the region, The Community Foundation operates dozens of individual grant rounds at various times throughout the year. We learned from our nonprofit and community partners that this structure is difficult to navigate and track when funding opportunities are available. As such, The Community Foundation has consolidated its grant-making to competitive seasonal rounds, beginning this summer.

SUMMER

RFP Opens: June 12, 2017
RFP Closes: July 14, 2017

Funds:

  • Sharing Montgomery
  • Fund for Children, Youth & Families

FALL

RFP Opens: July 24, 2017
RFP Closes: August 28, 2017

Funds:

    • Sharing Prince George’s
    • Donors InVesting in Arts (DIVAs) Giving Circle

    WINTER

    RFP Opens: November 6, 2017
    RFP Closes: December 4, 2017

    • Community Catalyst Fund
    • Spring Creek Environmental Fund
    • Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative

    SPRING

    RFP Opens: March 5, 2018
    RFP Closes: April 2, 2018

    • Fund Opportunities TBD
     

    For 40 years, The Community Foundation has brought together people and resources to tackle critical community issues, providing leadership and ensuring that our region is safe, vibrant, and thriving for all residents.

    Greater Washington Community Foundation focuses its Community Leadership work in three key areas—Education, Workforce Development and Safety Net —with the overarching goal of achieving economic security for all residents of the greater Washington region. Economic security is only possible when our youth graduate high school ready for college and careers; adult workers can obtain the skills and credentials needed to thrive in the region’s economy; and residents feel secure with their basic human needs such as food and shelter. 

     

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