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Community Impact Funds

The Greater Washington Community Foundation is the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the region. Since 1973, we have granted more than $1.4 billion to thousands of nonprofits, including more than $78 million last year. The following community impact funds represent The Community Foundation’s discretionary and competitive grantmaking. For information about available grant opportunities, please visit the For Nonprofits section.

Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund is an initiative focused on community-based efforts to support small business, micro-enterprise development, and entrepreneurship. The Catalyst Fund is an outgrowth of The Community Foundation’s long-standing support for job training and workforce development solutions and represents a shift in our strategy to consider the changing nature of our region’s workplaces and economy. The Fund recently made $170,000 in grants to renew support for partners focused on wealth-building and entrepreneurship among low-income residents of color through microloans, small business training programs, and support for micro-enterprise development. It also supported the expansion of La Cocina VA’s new Entrepreneurship and Training Center.

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Children's Opportunity Fund

The Children’s Opportunity Fund (COF) is a public-private partnership funded jointly by the Government of Montgomery County, Maryland and Montgomery County Public Schools. COF’s objective is to champion, plan, and fund strategic investments that improve the lives of low-income children and families in the county – with a specific focus on innovative, evidence-informed efforts that work to close the opportunity gap.

To date, COF has invested to expand opportunities for out of school time programs, internships and career prep programs, and early childhood care and education for low-income families. Recent grants of $200,000 will further COF’s strategy to improve third grade literacy rates by supporting early literacy programs, tutoring programs, and out of school time activities.

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Fund for Children, Youth, and Families

The Community Foundation began administering the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families five-year grantmaking strategy with the inaugural round in 2016. It was established to invest in the betterment of underserved children, youth, and families in the region. The 2021 Fund for Children, Youth, and Families Grant Cycle awarded $4.8 million in multiyear grants to 50 nonprofits offering housing services, permanency support, academic support, and early career development programs. Through its grantmaking, the Fund supports effective organizations working to make the community healthy and stable.

DC Fund for Just & Peaceful Neighborhoods

The DC Fund for Just & Peaceful Neighborhoods is designed to support nonprofits working to transform criminal justice and implement violence intervention and prevention services in DC. In January 2020, the DC Fund made $140,000 in grants to eight nonprofit organizations working to engage and mobilize individuals who have been impacted by violence and the criminal justice system through programs including job training and reentry supports, access to trauma informed services, policy education sessions, and the creation of safe spaces for youth and young adults. All DC Fund recipients receive in-kind technical assistance and participate in a learning cohort led by Frontline Solutions, a DC based firm that helps organizations working on the front lines of change to define goals, execute plans, and evaluate impact.

+Meet our nonprofit partners

  • Collective Action for Safe Spaces to expand capacity to offer training and resources to address harm through bystander intervention, community accountability processes, and healing services for women and LGBTQ survivors of color.
  • Open City Advocates to provide mentoring and holistic advocacy to justice-involved youth to ensure successful reentry and prevent community violence, improve practices and supports for youth who enter the juvenile legal system after contact with the child welfare system, and support systemic reform efforts to strengthen the rights and legal representation of youth after sentencing in juvenile court.
  • Rights4Girls for advocacy training for survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, and public education and engagement focused on girls of color and gender nonconforming youth.
  • The National Reentry Network to help build a strong, national network comprised of individuals returning from incarceration who support each other’s successful reintegration.

  • TraRon Center to participate in a peer learning cohort and activities provided by Frontline Solutions to support organizational development and ensure sustainability, which includes organizational assessments, peer learning, and design thinking sessions and technical assistance and support services.

  • Voices Unbarred to participate in a peer learning cohort and activities provided by Frontline Solutions to support organizational development and ensure sustainability, which includes organizational assessments, peer learning, and design thinking sessions and technical assistance and support services.
  • Alliance of Concerned Men to participate in a peer learning cohort and activities provided by Frontline Solutions to support organizational development and ensure sustainability, which includes organizational assessments, peer learning, and design thinking sessions and technical assistance and support services.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens to participate in a peer learning cohort and activities provided by Frontline Solutions to support organizational development and ensure sustainability, which includes organizational assessments, peer learning, and design thinking sessions and technical assistance and support services.

LGBTQ+ FUND

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The LGBTQ+ Fund for Philanthropy aims to support and build our region’s LGBTQ+ community. Through this effort, we seek to empower and engage the LGBTQ+ people throughout Greater Washington. Our vision is for our region to be an inclusive place where all LGBTQ+ people and communities can thrive.

The Fund provides support for both immediate and long-term needs, including investing in solutions to issues impacting LGBTQ+ people, promoting diversity and inclusion, offering collaboration opportunities, and educating our community. Together, we can fulfill our vision of creating an equitable Greater Washington where everyone can thrive.

Partnership to End Homelessness

Led by the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness, The Partnership is the first-of-its-kind initiative in DC to bring together the public and private sectors to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. Our goal is to increase the supply of deeply affordable housing, help more people obtain and maintain stable housing, and ultimately end homelessness in DC.

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Peace for DC

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Everyone deserves to grow up and live in a community free from gun violence. The Peace For DC Fund is dedicated to funding proven strategies to reduce shootings and homicides in the District. By focusing on transforming the lives of the small number of individuals most at-risk of gun violence, and treating trauma in the communities that have suffered from the city’s highest homicide rates, we can dramatically reduce incidents of gun violence. In consultation with the nation's top gun violence reduction experts, we will build the capacity and scale of evidence-based programs run by trusted neighborhood based nonprofits. Peace For DC’s investments will interrupt the cycle of violence to stop shootings before they happen. Eliminating gun violence in DC is key to establishing racial and economic equity for everyone. Together, we can create and maintain Peace For DC.

Prince George's County Domestic Violence Fund

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Prince George’s County, through the Department of Family Services, established the Domestic Violence Community Grants Fund in March 2017 to award mini-grants to domestic violence prevention nonprofit organizations. Grants assist individuals, families and survivors of domestic violence in achieving a greater level of independence, strengthen the family’s ability to cope with healing, and rebuild the family unit by removing various challenges which inhibit self-sufficiency, including but not limited to legal services, counseling services, support groups, employment, training and housing. The Fund recently made $120,00 in grants to provide survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with counseling, housing, transportation, and legal services.

+Meet Our Nonprofit Partners

  • Community Advocates for Family and Youth to support the recently launched Begin Again and Thrive program to address housing needs by providing emergency accommodation, permanent relocation, and financial assistance.

  • Community Crisis Services to provide shelter transportation, limited rental support, and to meet individual needs such as school lunches or school supplies for a family or student.

  • Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County to continue funding a staff attorney position and program offering legal assistance.

  • House of Ruth Maryland to support the provision of counseling/therapy services including IPV education, safety planning, and trauma reduction.

Sharing DC

Sharing DC supports nonprofit organizations based in and directly serving low-income children, youth, adults and families in the District of Columbia. With staff facilitating an annual vetting and site visit process, Sharing DC’s donor-led grants committee evaluates each applicant’s program, management, and leadership to make sure it is the best possible investment. Last year, Sharing DC awarded over $112,000 in grants focused on workforce development and adult education programs that support individuals, youth, and families to improve literacy proficiency while learning skills or earning credentials needed to be competitive in the job market.

+Meet Our Nonprofit Partners

  • Briya Public Charter School to support English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for over 500 immigrant adult learners, workforce development programming for 100 adult students pursuing a Medical Assistant or Child Development Associate credential, and early childhood programming for 150 children whose parents are Briya students.
  • Literacy Volunteers and Advocates to serve 50 district residents who are reading at or below a fifth-grade level with classes in reading, mathematics, digital literacy and expose learners to careers in Culinary Arts and Home Health Aid.
  • Next Step Public Charter School for the Labs at The Next Step program serving students of color, who have been disconnected from traditional school environments, to support their readiness for the workforce by addressing academic basic skills and content knowledge.
  • Samaritan Ministry to expand the STRIVE job readiness program to provide up to 250 DC residents who are homeless, precariously housed, and/or unemployed or under-employed with critical soft skills training to enhance their employment prospects and help place graduates in living wage jobs.
  • Southeast Ministry to provide adult basic education classes and workforce development programming that will help 150 low-income adults primarily in Wards 7 and 8 with high barriers to employment advance toward their education and career goals.
  • Urban Ed, Inc. to continue the implementation of its 4 year plan and STEMAcad program to serve 75 un/underemployed young adults primarily from wards 7 & 8 by creating more entry points into sustainable careers in the high-demand IT field.
  • YouthBuild DC Public Charter School to better serve and prepare opportunity youth – recent immigrants and students who are overaged, undercredited, have dropped- or aged-out of a traditional high school environment – for post-secondary education and living wage work.

Sharing Montgomery

The Sharing Montgomery Fund provides grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with programs or services which directly serve low-income children, youth, adults, families, and/or seniors living in Montgomery County. Since its inception, the Sharing Montgomery Fund has distributed nearly $7 million in grants to some of the best community-based nonprofit organizations offering safety net, education, and workforce development programs. Sharing Montgomery recently invested $395,000 in 62 nonprofits providing safety-net services to help individuals in crisis to lift themselves out of poverty, educational activities to prepare young people for a successful transition to adulthood, and workforce development programs to help residents earn a living wage.

Sharing Prince George's

Sharing Prince George's brings donors together to invest in nonprofit organizations with programs or services that directly serve low-income residents living in Prince George’s County. Grants are awarded to high-impact nonprofits that are working to make a real difference in the lives of children and families. Our current focus is to ensure a just and equitable recovery from COVID-19. Since its inception, Sharing Prince George’s has awarded more than $1 million in grants to some of the best community-based nonprofit organizations serving Prince George’s County residents. The last round of grants included $140,000 invested in eight local nonprofits serving County residents.

+Meet Our Nonprofit Partners

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County to provide 105 foster youth with coaching and support to match with appropriate job and career advancement opportunities to secure living wage careers.
  • End Time Harvest Ministries to support 60 intern stipends for the Jobs for Youth component of its Pathways to Career Success Program based in Bladensburg High School focused on academic success, on-time graduation, character and leadership development, workforce readiness and college access and preparation.
  • Food & Friends to support the preparation and delivery of 235,450 medically tailored meals to 725 clients and their children living with life challenging illnesses.
  • Latino Student Fund to support 80 youth and adults with individualized tutoring for students, while families attend ESL and computer literacy classes to help support their child at home.
  • Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc. to support 735 households in the Emergency Services program.
  • Nick’s Place to support transitional home and programming for 10-12 young men in recovery from Substance Use Disorder.
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork to provide 40 youth with emergency shelter for homeless, abandoned, abused, neglected, and runaway youth with the goal of transitioning to longer-term, stable housing and/or family reunification.
  • Side by Side to support the Great Start Program at six partner public elementary schools in Laurel and Beltsville and Reading Teams at two elementary schools.

Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund

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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. Funding is available for eligible nonprofit organizations providing programs and activities which are directly related to the following priorities:

  • Preserving the regions historic places and protecting neighborhood diversity;

  • Preserving and ensuring equitable access to the regions natural resources;

  • Promoting smart growth and conservation efforts; and,

  • Supporting education, civic engagement and advocacy pertaining to environmental issues.

For FY2021, the Fund granted a total of $50,500 to four organizations

  • ECO City Farms, to maintain and strengthen farming operations, including the Beginning Farmer Training and Apprenticeship Program, and community farm shares (CSAs)

  • Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, to continue their community engagement and training programs, including Nature Explorers And Restorers (NEAR) and the River Health Exploration program.

  • Live It Learn It, to engage DC Title I students in virtual environmental education

  • Potomac River Keeper’s Network, to ensure drinkable, swimmable, fishable rivers through citizen support and legislative enforcement

Workforce Development Collaborative

The Workforce Development Collaborative envisions a Washington, DC metropolitan region where all people, all communities can thrive. The mission of the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative is to drive resources to programs and policies that enable people to increase their skills, credentials, employment and wages with an emphasis on systems change that eliminates income gaps based on race, ethnicity, and gender. The Collaborative makes grants that improve the quality of our regional workforce development system. It also supports research, advocacy, and consensus-building efforts to inform key state and local workforce policy decisions – investing $10 million and leveraging $48 million through advocacy efforts. Recently, the Workforce Collaborative has continued supporting research and advocacy work aimed at expanding benefits for low-income families, such as paid family and medical leave, access to quality affordable childcare, minimum wage increase, and Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

+Meet Our Nonprofit Partners

  • Maryland Center for Economic Policy to advocate for expanding Maryland’s Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers, creating a family and medical leave insurance program, and increasing access to high-quality affordable childcare.
  • The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (TCI) to support policy and advocacy efforts in Virginia focused on increasing the minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and the promotion of a state-based health exchange. TCI has received consistent support from the Workforce Collaborative for its efforts to expand Medicaid in Virginia along with partners in the Healthcare for All Virginians Coalition. These efforts paid off last year when Virginia finally expanded Medicaid coverage to nearly 400,000 low-income residents.

Retired Funds of Note


City Fund

From 2013-2018, The Community Foundation partnered with District Government and served as Administrator of The City Fund, investing $15 million over 5 years as part of the District’s overall public safety and violence prevention agenda. The initiative supported local community-based organizations focused on improving the lives of individuals and families 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, and recurring exposure to violent crime. In April 2018, The Community Foundation facilitated the City Fund’s final rigorous, independent and competitive grant review process as part of the Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant Competition, which awarded $1.2 million in grants to 25 nonprofit organizations. While this initiative is no longer active, the impact of its funding is still being realized.

the resilience fund

The Resilience Fund was created in early 2017 in partnership with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, with contributions from other foundations and individuals. The Fund was a rapid response vehicle to address changes in federal policies and budget priorities and the increasing climate of hate and intolerance disproportionately impacting local people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. The Fund raised more than $1.3 million and made grants to 46 local nonprofits, thanks to our committed donors.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we made the decision to spend down the Resilience Fund’s remaining resources by making grants to nonprofit partners serving immigrant communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Following the distribution of these final grants, we shifted our focus to prioritize meeting our community’s needs related to the pandemic through our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Starbucks Memorial Fund

The purpose of the Starbucks Memorial Fund is to support nonprofit organizations providing a pathway to employ opportunity youth (ages 16-24 years old), veterans and refugees. The Fund's priority focus is to invest in organizations that provide work readiness, soft and hard skills training, and on the job training experiences to foster leadership confidence, innovative thinking, risk taking and teamwork. Recent grantees include:

  • Asylum Seeker Assistance Project to enroll 16 asylum seekers (refugees) in a comprehensive employment program, Reach Higher combines 30 hours of work readiness training, career coaching, informational interview matching, and job placement assistance.

  • DC Central Kitchen, Inc. to serve 55-60 young adults through its culinary arts program and provide alumni services to 2019 program participants, including assistance with securing and keeping employment, engaging in further education, and advancing their careers.

  • Dog Tag Bakery to support 30 fellows in its five month fellowship that is comprised of five elements: education, hands on learning, learning labs, a capstone project, and wellbeing and reflection for service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers.

DC partners with Dog Tag Bakery, a memorial fund grantee.

DC partners with Dog Tag Bakery, a memorial fund grantee.

Transforming Neighborhood Initiative Fund for Community Innovation

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 in 2014 and ran until 2019. The Fund provided general operating, program funding, and capacity building support to school and community-based organizations that provide quality free and/or affordable programming for youth, ages 0-18, and families living in Prince George’s County in its TNI communities. It has provided support to nonprofit organizations offering educational assistance to improve academic achievement, recreational activities to encourage wellness and violence prevention, and life skill activities to foster leadership development and civic engagement. In 2019, TNI awarded its final grants of $75,000 to four community-based organizations providing quality free and/or affordable out-of-school time programming for youth and families living in Prince George’s County.

+Meet Our Nonprofit Partners

  • The Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club to impact 150 youth by offering programs designed to help increase academic achievement outcomes, build good character and leadership skills, and lead a healthier lifestyle.
  • Leep to College Foundation to provide developmental and supportive services that contribute to increased high school graduation rates and college attendance for students at Northwestern, Oxon Hill, and Suitland High Schools.
  • Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc. to support its leadership development/life skills and STEAM program at Barnaby Manor Elementary, Andrew Jackson Academy, and Crossland High School.
  • Vine Corps, Inc. to provide teenage students with access to weekly study halls (including tutoring, mentoring, and college and career preparation), weekly open gym sessions, summer employment, and leadership development experiences.