Cafritz Foundation Grants
Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2021

Later deadlines: Mar 1, 2022 2:00pm PST, Jul 1, 2022 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $250,000

Fields of work: Civic Engagement & Education Homelessness Services Child Foster Care & Adoption Services Juvenile Justice Education Marine/Ocean Conservation Show all
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program
Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County Show all

The Foundation seeks to be responsive to community issues and needs. Our process is highly competitive and is open to new projects and new organizations. The following summary, Examples of our Grant-Making, is offered to help guide applicants. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive description and may, as appropriate, change over time, we hope that the following will suggest the kind of meaningful work in which the Foundation is seeking to invest.

Generally, the Foundation looks to support work that improves the lives of DC-area residents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and underserved individuals. We encourage organizations that provide comprehensive services and work towards systemic change, which addresses all levels of, and all who are affected by, the issue. The goal is that all in the region become self-sufficient and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. We search for nonprofits that also employ effective partnering and show cultural competence in engaging effectively with communities and people of various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. On occasion, the Foundation invests directly in strengthening the nonprofit sector by helping current grantees to build organizational capacity and by supporting advocacy and other efforts.

Grants are made in five program areas:
Arts and Humanities
Our giving in the Arts and Humanities includes theater, dance, music, visual arts, film and other multidisciplinary art forms, as well as organizations that promote the humanities. We focus on nonprofits that have deep, meaningful impact and can demonstrate the depth and breadth of their local initiatives. The Foundation examines how access to the Arts and Humanities for diverse populations is created and how unique opportunities are provided for all ages to engage. In addition to more traditional approaches, we believe in the power of the Arts and Humanities to be innovative and create social change.

Community Services
Community Development: The Foundation’s Community Development grant-making includes affordable housing production and preservation, homeless services, transitional and permanent supportive housing, foreclosure and eviction prevention, community economic development and wealth building, and civic engagement

Children, Youth and Families: The Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families portfolio includes out-of-school time programs, youth development and academic enrichment in schools, as well as programs for homeless youth or those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Justice: Access, Violence Prevention, Reentry: The Foundation invests in organizations and programs that help increase access to justice for low-income individuals.

The Foundation’s Education docket invests in learning from cradle to career. It includes schools that provide early childhood education, kindergarten through twelfth-grade instruction and undergraduate and graduate institutions. The Foundation also looks for models that provide comprehensive services to help students improve academic success and future employment outcomes. This may include charter and private schools, college access programs, groups focusing on teacher and school leader training, as well as certain supportive scholarship programs. In addition, the Foundation invests in adult basic education, literacy programs and preparation and testing for the General Equivalency Diploma.

The Foundation’s grants related to workforce development largely reflect two types of organizations: those that focus on a specific field and help individuals on a career pathway or those that concentrate on broader job- and career-readiness.

The Foundation strives to preserve the region’s resources and raise awareness so that individuals can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives in a clean environment. Through our grant-making, we support groups that are concerned with our natural environment’s past, present and future. To help restore and protect our region’s natural resources, we have focused on local parks, the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We have also funded programs that create future stewards. Through such education and outreach efforts, the public becomes more aware of the dangers of an unhealthy environment — including pesticides and toxins — and better understands the need to protect open natural spaces.

Our giving in Health and Wellness supports integrated healthcare and prevention efforts and broad collaborations, to ensure that all DC metropolitan residents live longer, healthier lives. We strive to bridge the worlds of health and healthcare through a broad range of investments. These may include support for community-based nonprofit health centers and coalitions of healthcare providers, in order to increase access to coordinated, high-quality medical, dental and mental health services for our region’s low-income and most vulnerable residents.

We also look for models that keep people healthy in the first place. Support may go towards increasing access to nutritious, affordable food; creating opportunities for better health in our neighborhoods, homes, schools and workplaces; and decreasing the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the DC metropolitan region.

To address disparities among our region’s most vulnerable populations, the Foundation also funds nonprofits that provide community-based, culturally competent, comprehensive services to children, older adults and disabled individuals. Our hope is that every metropolitan Washington resident can actively participate in a robust community life and maintain independent living for as long as possible.

IRS-registered, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations with a public charity status of 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) only.
These organizations must serve residents in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia.

In addition, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation does not generally fund the following projects:
Capital campaigns
Multi-year grants
Special events or tables for special events

Please also note, the Foundation does not fund:
Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS
Private Foundations
Public charities with a non-private foundation status of 509(a)(3)
Organizations whose missions fall outside our Funding Priorities
Organizations serving residents outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area (see Eligibility Quiz)

Here is the link to apply: https://www.cafritzfoundation.org/apply/application-process/

Many Hands Invites Applications From Nonprofits Serving Women, Children and Families in the Washington, D.C. Area
Deadline: November 5, 2021

Since 2004, Many Hands has awarded more than $2.25 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families of socioeconomic need in the Washington, D.C., area.

The organization currently makes four grants a year, one in each of its four focus areas: economic empowerment, education, health, and housing. Of the four annual grantees, one receives the Many Hands $100,000 Impact Grant, and three receive Many Hands Partner Grants, the value of which is determined before the Annual Meeting based on the total amount raised in membership contributions that year. In 2021, each Partner Grant was $72,500.

Applications that pass the initial screening will be forwarded to the organization's focus area committees, which will review applications from late January into March 2022. Based on its review, each focus area committee will select several organizations for site visits, which usually take place in March and early April. Following the site visits, each Many Hands focus area committee will ask up to three applicants to submit updated financial information and answer any final questions from the financial review committee. 

Many Hands will take written questions about its eligibility requirements, focus areas, and application procedures through October 15. Questions can be emailed to Many Hands at grants@manyhandsdc.org. Applicants may participate in a call via Zoom on October 19, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., where members of the Many Hands grant committee will be on hand to answer questions about eligibility requirements, grant priorities, and application software. To participate in the applicant call, register here.

For additional information and to register for the applicants call, see the Many Hands website. Here is the link to apply: https://manyhandsdc.org/grants/

Legal Assistance Enhancement Program

Deadline: Dec. 20, 2021

Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living

NOTE: This is a Forecasted Opportunity.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Opportunity Number: HHS-2022-ACL-AOA-LAEP-0054
Opportunity Title: Legal Assistance Enhancement Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:  
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:  
Expected Number of Awards: 8
CFDA Number(s): 93.048 -- Special Programs for the Aging, Title IV, and Title II, Discretionary Projects
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Version: Forecast 1
Estimated Post Date: Oct 19, 2021
Estimated Application Due Date: Dec 20, 2021  
Estimated Award Date: Sep 01, 2022
Estimated Project Start Date: Sep 01, 2022
Fiscal Year: 2022
Archive Date:  
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,500,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $100,000

Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Agency Name: Administration for Community Living
Description: This funding opportunity is designed to enable legal assistance providers, including Older Americans Act-funded programs, to enhance and strengthen legal assistance programs to serve older Americans with economic and social need. Cooperative agreements under this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), the Legal Assistance Enhancement Program (LAEP), are dedicated to identifying and executing enhancements and innovations that improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and availability of legal assistance offered to older adults. Enhancements and innovations may include, but are not limited to, developing and implementing: new programs to expand access to legal assistance, methods to increase the delivery of legal assistance, and technologies to improve the efficiency of providing legal assistance. Projects under the LAEP NOFO should be consistent with the fundamental principles of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), particularly as they apply to addressing inequities and increasing access to legal assistance in underserved communities. Enhancements made through this funding opportunity will support quantifiable and sustainable improvements to the delivery of a full range of legal assistance to older adults, from legal advice to full representation.
Link to Additional Information: https://acl.gov/grants/open-opportunities
Grantor Contact Information: Ms. Elizabeth Petruy: 202-260-0868

The Venable Foundation, Inc.

Venable LLP

The Foundation provides funding for place-based organizations and initiatives, meaning that organizations must be based in or impacting regions where Venable has major offices. These are the metropolitan areas in and around Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, DC.

The Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation does not fund projects that promote or proselytize on behalf of any religion.

The Foundation does not fund organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any veteran’s status. Furthermore, the Foundation does not support medical research or funding to individual schools or parent/teacher associations, and will not provide sponsorship support for special events, galas, or other fundraisers.

The Venable Foundation accepts applications three times per year. 
February 1
June 1
September 1

Decisions are announced approximately three months after each deadline. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply once per calendar year.Funding Priorities

The Venable Foundation envisions that its philanthropic investments provide essential resources to nonprofit organizations in communities across the country. Guided by the belief that everyone has the right to equitable employment opportunities, healthcare, housing, food, and a vibrant cultural community, Venable grantees ensure that economically disadvantaged people are given the tools they need to thrive.

Grant support is provided to assist with general operations and projects. Currently, the Venable Foundation’s funding priorities include:
Human Services
Legal Services
Workforce Development
Youth Impact
Arts and Culture

You can learn more about each of these funding priorities below:
Human Services – The Foundation has a strong track record of supporting a breadth of essential human services, including programs that impact people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, incarcerated and returning citizens, LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities, and those affected by domestic violence and housing insecurity.

Legal Services – We support the delivery of free or affordable legal services in our communities. Pro bono consulting and representation focus on a variety of issues, including domestic violence, housing, immigration, public benefits, and discrimination, among other areas. Legal service nonprofits providing “know your rights” training and other activities are also supported. The Foundation also supports training for youth and adults to ensure diversity and access to careers in the legal profession.

Contact: Michael W. BigleyDirector, Venable Foundation  

Here is the link to apply: https://venable.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

​Roddenberry Fellowship
Roddenberry Foundation

Next predicted deadline: May 7, 2022 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)
Later predicted deadlines: Jul 23, 2022 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)
Grant amount: US $50,000 
Fields of work: Climate Change Resilience Environmental Justice & Advocacy Immigration & Refugee Rights Civil Rights Sexuality & LGBTQ Rights Women's Rights & Equality Show all
Applicant type: Nonprofit, Working Professional
Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Fellowship

Action, A Way Forward
Launched in 2016, the Roddenberry Fellowship is a U.S.-based fellowship awarded to extraordinary leaders and advocates who use new and innovative strategies to safeguard human rights and ensure an equal and just society for all.

The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program that offers Fellows $50,000 to take an existing initiative (e.g. campaign, organization) to the next level and amplify its impact OR to launch a new initiative.

A New Reality
COVID-19 has and will continue to severely exacerbate existing and long-standing social inequities in marginalized and underserved communities. Individuals and families already experiencing housing instability, unemployment, limited health care access, and food insecurity will undoubtedly feel the pain more than others. For these communities, COVID-19 will amplify and compound economic, health, and racial inequities and reveal in stark and terrible terms the consequences of the historic disparities in which we live.

This year, in addition to seeking to support efforts that will mitigate and alleviate the new realities for these communities, we are also introducing a new issue area – Health + Wellness – to identify solutions that address health inequities in underserved communities, such as access to basic care, affordable treatment, and mental health services.

Issue Areas
Up to 20 applicants working in one of five issue areas will be selected as 2022 Fellows:

Civil Rights
Fellows will work toward equity for all, including in our public schools, criminal justice system, and places of work.

Environmental Protection
Fellows will work to mitigate the human impact on our natural resources, neighborhoods, and communities.

Immigration & Refugee Rights
Fellows will work to ensure the rights of all newcomers to the US regardless of where they come from or why.

LGBTQIA & Women’s Rights
Fellows will work to secure rights and opportunities for everyone, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

Health & Wellness
Fellows will work to overcome the barriers that prevent underserved communities from accessing the healthcare they need and deserve.

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following:

United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, individuals with a valid grant of employment authorization or immigration status, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its territories.
Individuals who are the principal of their initiatives or organizations, including Founder, Co-Founder, President, CEO, or Executive Director.
Individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
Individuals employed by or affiliated with organizations or institutions with a budget of $2M or less.
Individuals whose primary focus of their work is: immigrant and refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ and women’s rights, environmental protection, or health and wellness.

Here is the link to apply: https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/roddenberry-fellowship/

Borealis Philanthropy Communities Transforming Policing Fund Welcomes LOIs
Deadline: Rolling (Letters of Inquiry)

The Borealis Philanthropy Communities Transforming Policing Fund welcomes Letters of Inquiry.

CTPF is a donor collaborative that provides resources to organizations in local communities impacted by deadly and discriminatory policing practices working to build power, increase police accountability and transparency, and redefine safety by advocating for investment in community-based programs and services as alternatives to police, jails, and prisons.

To that end, CTPF provides one-year general operating support grants to ranging between $15,000 and $30,000. (Amounts will be determined based on the nature of the request and available resources.) In addition to financial support, all grantees will have access to ongoing capacity-building opportunities, including regular learning webinars dedicated to key issues related to their work, opportunities for peer sharing with other grantees, and weekly newsletters that compile field-related news, updates, resources, and funding opportunities.

Applicants must work authentically within communities impacted by policing and incarceration; have an explicit, demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice that is reflected in the organization’s leadership and staffing and in how it conducts its work; and demonstrate a clear power-building and leadership-development strategy that meaningfully engages directly impacted communities in defining problems, solutions, and actions.

Priority consideration will be given to Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led organizations; organizations led by individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system; ongoing campaigns in jurisdictions with particularly timely opportunities for change; and groups who do not receive significant support from national foundations.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

Letters of inquiry will be accepted on a rolling basis. Within two to four weeks of submission, the fund will respond to applicants to inform them whether they are able to move on to the proposal stage.

See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://borealisphilanthropy.org/ctpf2021loi/

Ford Foundation launches $50 million global fellowship program

The Ford Foundation has announced the launch of a ten-year, $50 million initiative aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of social justice leaders working to advance solutions to inequality.

The inaugural cohort of twenty-four Ford Global Fellowsincludes social change leaders from Brazil, the United States, East Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa with a range of approaches to the challenge of ending inequality, from restoring voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, to advancing LGBTQ+ rights, to boosting the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Many of the fellows are members of communities directly impacted by inequality and will be drawing on their lived experience.

This week, participants in the initiative will kick off the program, which was developed in partnership with the Institute of International Education, by attending a multi-day virtual training convening. In addition to a $25,000 stipend, each fellow will benefit from an individualized learning program and be expected to participate in additional convenings, either virtually or in person, over the next eighteen months.

"The Ford Global Fellowship builds on the Ford Foundation's long-standing commitment to investing in the ideas, individuals, and institutions that drive meaningful, systemic change," said Hilary Pennington, the foundation's executive vice president of programs. "We are proud to introduce our inaugural cohort of Ford Global Fellows, which includes some of the world's most innovative and promising social change leaders committed to tackling inequality — the defining challenge of our time, now more than ever. We cannot go back to the old normal that existed before the pandemic, and this program is an investment in reimagining solutions to global challenges that respect no borders. By connecting fellows to each other and to the broader Ford network, we hope to create a catalytic effect that accelerates the impact of their individual and collective work, to address challenges during the pandemic and beyond."

For a complete list of the inaugural class of Ford Global Fellows, see the Ford Foundation website. Here is the link: https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/investing-in-individuals/the-ford-global-fellowship/

Omidyar Network Welcomes Applications to Economic Response Advocacy Fund

Rolling Deadlines

As the coronavirus pandemic upends the economy, it is critical that government respond with action to support the stability and well-being of American families, particularly those already struggling economically and vulnerable to the consequences of an economic recession.

To inform this conversation, Omidyar Network’s COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund will infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future.

Between now and the end of the year, Omidyar Network plans to award $1.5 million to groups working to realign the nation’s economic policies and systems so that they work better for everyone.

The fund is not intended to support entirely new efforts; instead, funds will be awarded to campaigns that are already in motion and can leverage 501(c)(4) dollars to capture the attention of policy makers. Omidyar Network will continue to review applications and award 501(c)(4) funding to support advocacy response work on a rolling basis through the rest of the year, with a focus on direct advocacy efforts aimed at achieving policy or regulatory solutions at the national, state, or local level that protect and assist working people and small businesses now and establish new precedents that improve worker power and well-being in the future; digital organizing that reconfigures campaigns that can no longer be carried out in person due to the virus; and/or strategic communications, coordination, and narrative development efforts that bring like-minded organizations together to create a more unified voice calling for policy and regulatory changes at the national, state, or local level that result in a stronger economy.

Through this open call for proposals, ON hopes to reach grassroots groups that are underresourced and hit  hardest by fundraising constraints stemming from the current crisis. The rolling application process will get some funds to campaigns immediately while ensuring there are additional resources in reserve to maintain momentum throughout the year.

For additional information and/or to access the application form (passcode: “advocacy”), visit the Omidyar Network website. Here is the link: https://www.omidyar.com/spotlight/omidyar-network’s-covid-19-economic-response-advocacy-fund-aims-help-working-families-now

Knight Foundation Accepting Applications for 'Governance, Norms and Values – Research on the Future Internet'

Rolling deadlines

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. We wish to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.

Please see below for additional detail on the opportunity and application instructions.

In recent years, significant questions have surfaced about the basic norms and values undergirding the regulation of the internet, with a focus on social media. The convergence of these questions has drawn attention to less-developed issues in law and research that demand further scrutiny from a range of perspectives. Some of these issues include: harms associated with online content, censorship, free speech, data ownership, antitrust and competition, private rights of action and effective regulatory approaches when confronted with quickly-evolving technologies.
Long one of the largest independent funders of journalism, Knight Foundation has begun to explore these issues through a range of grant-making aimed at the sea change in how our society is informed in the digital age.*

We seek to support efforts that advance research – both theoretical and empirical – on topics related to governance and the rights and responsibilities of individuals, commercial interests, non-governmental organizations and government in the digital era. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Content: the rights and responsibilities of users of services, as well as the rights and responsibilities of social media companies and digital service providers, with regard to content. This includes issues of content moderation, content liability, algorithmic content generation and optimization, as well as actual or potential harms and benefits associated with digital/platform services.
Market: how to understand the digital services and social media marketplaces, including theories of competition, empirical work on the nature of these markets, and issues of market concentration and power.
Regulation: regulatory response – in terms of self-regulation, consumer behavior and government regulation – including new regulatory theories and specific regulatory proposals. Our interest comprises laws and rules, jurisdictional questions, regulatory infrastructures—within government, specific commercial concerns and civil society (consumers and non-governmental actors), and regulatory enforcement.

We will consider proposals to support:
Research and Pedagogy
Course relief to enable faculty research
Publication development, such as special journal issues or volumes
Collaborative efforts of researchers from multiple institutions
Research assistant(s)
Symposia, workshops or other convenings
Legal clinics or other innovative pedagogy that engages students in these topics
Data acquisition

New full-time faculty or researchers
Visiting professorships

Post-doctoral fellows
Visiting fellows (for non-faculty or mid-career scholars from industry/government)

We invite letters of interest of no more than three pages that address the following, as applicable:
What is your research objective?
Why is it significant in understanding the future of internet governance?
What activities do you seek to have funded?
Budget (if multiyear, include a complete budget by year)
Short bios of the principal investigator(s), with emphasis on previous ad rem research

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This call will remain open until otherwise indicated. Please monitor kf.org/internetrfp for updates.
Please send all questions and letters of interest to John Sands at sands@kf.org.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org.



Give a Sick Child More Time With Family

     Faced with a child’s illness, life stops overnight and parents enter a world of fear and worry. For parents who don’t live close to the medical care their child needs, there’s an added stress: Distance. 
     Hundreds of families in our region travel hours every day to come to the DC area for treatment. Living expenses quickly add up. Long drives, lost jobs, worried siblings, sleeping in cars. Being far from family and friends. These are extra burdens no family should have to experience.
     At Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC), our mission is to ease the hardship of childhood illness on families and children. And we need your help!  
     Your support of just $15 will cover a one-night stay for a family when their child needs medical care.  Donate now to give families the ability to spend more time with their sick children, to interact with their doctors, and to make important decisions about their children’s care.

Give now at www.rmhcdc.org. 

For more information, contact Sarah Quillen at squillen@rmhcdc.org or (202) 424-2708.

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