City Fund

Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant

The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grants seek to provide funding to nonprofits that help improve the lives of individuals and families living 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
  • Recurring exposure to violent crime.

Grants are available for programs/projects located within the Safer, Stronger DC Community Partnerships target Police Service Areas (PSAs): 507, 602, 604, 702, 705 and 706.  The specific focus areas are: arts, education, environment, health, public safety, senior and disability services and workforce development.

Application Requirements:

Applicants must submit a proposal via The Community Foundation’s online application system no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, November 11, 2016.

MANDATORY Applicant Informational Webinars:

Two informational webinars will convene on Thursday, October 27th from 10:00 am to noon and Wednesday, November 2nd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  All applicants must participate in one webinar to be eligible to apply.

To register for the webinar, please follow the links below:

Eligibility Information:

Applicant organizations and partnerships must meet the following criteria to be eligible for grant consideration:

  • 501(c)(3) designation.
  • For partnership applications, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations must serve as the lead applicant or fiscal agent.
    • The lead applicant for all proposals must have a physical location in the District of Columbia
    • The funded program/project must exclusively serve District of Columbia residents.
  • Applicant organization, lead applicant and fiscal agent must be compliant with all District business and tax requirements, including:
    • Registration as a non-profit with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and be in good standing.
    • Possession of a valid Charitable Solicitation or Charitable Exempt license.
    • Arrearages less than $100 to the District government. Applicants must complete and sign a Tax Waiver form. (Available in PDF at
  • Only one application per organization and/or Federal Tax Identification Number.

Grants Available:

Organizations may request between $10,000 to $50,000 in support of direct services for programs and projects for District residents in the targeted Police Service Areas identified. The grant period is one year. Grant awards will not be made for general operating support, expenses incurred or obligated prior to or after the grant period, capacity building support, capital improvements or advocacy efforts.

Questions and Contacts:

Please direct all questions to Manon Matchett