City Fund

Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant

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 While this initiative is no longer active, the impact of its funding is still being realized. Stay tuned for our forthcoming Impact Report.

The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grants provided 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 supported 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.

Questions and Contacts:

Please direct all questions to Manon Matchett mmatchett@thecommunityfoundation.org.