The Center is sometimes asked by other organizations to share grant opportunities with our members. Recognizing the critical role grants can play in funding and expanding programs and outreach, we are happy to provide this information.


Past grant opportunities

Next Gen Giving Circle

Applications close August 27, 2021. Information sessions will be held on August 11 and August 19. Full guidelines and application form (In English and Spanish) can be found on their website.

NGGC invites applications from organizations with annual budgets up to $1 million that work to ensure individuals and families can build assets and establish financial strength and security. Eligible organizations might include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizations that provide career/workforce training, assistance with securing living-wage jobs or starting small businesses, or financial literacy/counseling.
  • Organizations that engage in advocacy or community organizing around issues that directly impact people’s ability to secure their financial and economic well-being, such as access to affordable childcare, fair wages, rental assistance, and other resources

Organizations that work anywhere within the Greater Washington region with budgets up to $1M are eligible to apply, and funding will be prioritized for organizations that are BIPOC-led. We expect to make multiple awards between $2,500 – $10,000.

The Barbara McDowell Foundation

Applications close August 1, 2021.

The Barbara McDowell Foundation is now accepting applications for Social Justice Litigation Grants to be awarded for the following fiscal year, starting on October 1, 2021 and ending on September 30, 2022. The Foundation anticipates grants being between $40,000 and $50,000 per each recipient.

For more information, please visit the online application page.

MoC0 Economic Development

The Application Window is July 6-16, 2021.

“Competitively selected grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 will be awarded to Montgomery County nonprofits whose work aligns with the state’s intent to assist community organizations that create and sustain jobs. Nonprofits that serve the larger community with a mission or program focused on economic development and economic recovery are eligible to apply describing their current or proposed work in support of one of the four identified priorities of: (1) Minority Entrepreneurship, (2) STEM Education, (3) Research and Innovation Development, and (4) Small-Scale Manufacturing.”

For more information and a link to the application, visit their website.


Next Gen Giving Circle

Deadline for applications is September 3, 2020 at 6:00pm

The Giving Circle is comprised of members contributing monthly donations that get pooled together for impactful grants to community causes. Funds are held at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, which supports and connects our region’s dedicated donors with nonprofits working to improve our communities. The Giving Circle is seeking grant applications to support small nonprofits and community groups addressing housing and food insecurity in the region. Visit their website to view the grant guidelines and complete the application.


Barbara McDowell Foundation

Deadline for applications is August 1, 2020

The Foundation is accepting applications for a 2021 social justice litigation grant June 1 through August 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded for the following fiscal year of the Foundation, which is October 1st, 2020, to September 30th, 2021. The Foundation expects to allocate $150,000 to $250,000 between five organizations for its 2021 grants. A review of successful past grant awards and the Foundation’s Mission Statement provides insight as to the matters that interest the Foundation. Generally, the Foundation funds litigation matters that are consistent with our namesake Barbara McDowell’s past legal efforts and her beliefs regarding social justice. The application must be for a specific case.


COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Greater Washington Community Foundation, in collaboration with regional partners, has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support emergency preparedness and response efforts that will help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region. Through this fund, we are focused on addressing lost wages, relief for small business and gig economy workers, expanding access to medical services, and meeting the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, among other needs. Learn more about what this fund supports and how you can submit an RFP.


Potomac Health Foundation

Deadline for Letters of Intent is January 24, 2020

Potomac Health Foundation has announced its 2020-2021 Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grant Program call for Letters of Intent. This year, the focus is on Access to Health and Capacity Building. The Foundation will be presenting a webinar on the opportunity on January 7 at 1:00 p.m. Foundation staff will also be holding “office hours” to discuss potential projects January 13 and 14. LOI’s are due on Friday, January 24th. Lean more details and how to apply.


Pepco and the Center

Deadline for applications is 4:00pm, November 8, 2019

The Center is proud to be partnering with Pepco in their 2020 Call for Exhibits. Through a transparent and competitive process, a minimum of twelve nonprofit organizations across the Pepco service territory will be selected to participate in a two- to four-week residency that involves an in-kind donation of gallery space at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. This a unique, innovative way for nonprofits to broaden outreach. Learn more


Arlington Community Foundation

Deadline for applications is November 8, 2019

Arlington Education Fund Grants provide up to $1,500 to educators in Arlington to support innovative or unique projects that supplement and enrich the learning environment for preschool to adult students in Arlington.


Many Hands

Deadline for applications is November 15, 2019

Committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children and families in need, Many Hands awards four grants annually, one each in the focus areas of education, health, housing and job readiness. The grants include a $100,000 Impact Grant and three Partner Grants. Questions about the grants can be emailed from October 1-15, and answers to all questions received are posted on their website.