Please check our knowledge base below for more information about The City Fund.

Q. What is the target audience for The City Fund?
A. Nonprofit organizations serving DC residents in the following Police Service Areas (PSAs): 507, 602, 604, 705 and 706. The Fund cannot be used to support communities outside the District of Columbia.

Q. What kind of organizations can apply for a grant?
A. Active 501(c)(3) organizations.

Q. If the funding will be used to serve District residents, may nonprofits from other states who serve residents of other states, still apply?
A. Yes, but the nonprofit must be able to document that funding from The City Fund is used to support DC residents only.

Q. Will funding be available to programs/projects sponsored by The Community Foundation?
A. This will be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Q. May charter schools apply for The City Fund?
A. Yes, if the school is a 501(c)(3) they are eligible to apply.

Q. Can an organization apply for both program support and capacity building?
A. An organization cannot receive funding for both program support and capacity building in the same year. If an organization applies for program support but is not awarded a grant, they are eligible to apply for capacity building.

Q. My organization’s fiscal year ended in September, what budget should I submit?
A. You must submit your organization’s most recent organizational budget.

Q: How competitive is the City Fund grant process?
A: Although we anticipate that there will be considerable interest, we have no way of knowing how many organizations will submit proposals for this City Fund grantmaking opportunity.

Q: If my organization submits a proposal, is it possible that the organization may be awarded less money than requested?
A: Yes, it is possible that your organization will be awarded a smaller grant than what was requested.

Q: What if I still have questions? Can I talk to staff about our proposals?
A: Please contact Manon Matchett at mmatchett@cfncr.org if you have specific questions about eligibility or the review process.

Q: When will we be notified regarding the status of our proposal?
A: Selected organizations will be notified early January 2017.

Q. What is a Charitable Solicitation License?
A.  A Charitable Solicitation License gives an organization the legal right to solicit charitable donations in Washington D.C.

NAICS Code: 81300-1

NAICS Description: Charitable Solicitation means the request directly or indirectly for any contribution on the plea or representation that such contribution will or may be used for any charitable purpose.

Endorsement Class: General Business

Legal Authority: DC Code: 44-1700; 47-2851 DC Municipal Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 13

License Duration: Two (2) Years
Application Fee: $70.00
Category License Fee: $280.00
10% Technology Fee: $37.50
Endorsement Fee: $25.00
Total Fee: $412.50

Charitable Exempt Certificate

NAICS CODE: 813110

NAICS DESCRIPTION: Charitable Exempt means the request directly or indirectly for any contribution on the plea or representation that such contribution will or may be used for charitable purposes associated with the activities of a religious and/or educational organization and/or institution.

Endorsement Class:  General Business

Legal Authority:  DC Code: 44-1700; 47-2851; DC Municipal Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 13

License Duration: Perpetual
Application Fee: $0
Category License Fee: $0
10% Technology Fee: $0
Endorsement Fee: $0
Total Fee: $0

Q: Where do I obtain a Charitable Solicitation License?
A: To obtain a Charitable Solicitation License you must go to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).


Q: What is a Tax Wavier Form?
A: A Tax Wavier Form gives the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) the right to obtain and review an organization’s tax records.

Q: Where do I obtain a Tax Waiver Form?
A: The Tax Wavier form is issued by the Community Foundation as a requirement of The City Fund.

Q. What are the Fund’s grant making areas?
A. Arts, education, environment, health, public safety, senior and disability services and workforce development. For each grant cycle, nonprofits may apply for either program support OR capacity building grants, but not both.

Q. What are Program/Project Support Grants?
A. Program/project support grants fund expenses related to a specific program. This may include ongoing expenses (i.e., salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc.), as long as they are program specific.

Q. May organizations apply for general operating support?
A. No.

Q. May advocacy organizations apply?
A. No.

Q. Can organizations apply for funding for more than one program?
A. Not at this time.

Q. What is the relationship between a grant from The City Fund and other funding?
A. A grant from the Fund should not supplant other funding, but should be additive. This means that recipients of Fund grants will be expected to be able to sustain programming (if needed by clients) once grant funding has ceased.

Q. What is the total size of The City Fund?
A. $15 million, of which 94% will be re-granted to nonprofit organizations.

Q. Are there any minimums or maximums for funding requests?
A. Grants will be made for up to $50,000.

Q. Will funding be available on a first-come, first-served basis?
A. No, it will be a competitive proposal review process.

Q. Are matching funds required?
A. No.

Q. Who will serve on review panels?
A. The review panel will be independent from the DC government and comprised of Community Foundation staff and external experts in the grant issue areas.

Q. Can a group of organizations submit a collaborative proposal? If they are able, may they also submit individual proposals?
A. Yes, collaborative proposals will be allowed. Individual proposals for projects different from the collaborative projects may be submitted. Organizations will not be penalized for partnering.

Q. Is collaboration with other organizations required to receive a grant?
A. No.

Q. What sort of accounting documents will be required?
A. The RFP will define required financial documents; these may include audited financial statements, balance sheets, current and prior year budgets, as well as funding sources.

Q. Will review criteria be available as part of the request for proposals?
A. Yes; see the “Apply” section of our website.

Q. Will there be technical assistance to organizations before proposals are due?
A. The Community Foundation will offer two webinars per grant cycle, answering frequently asked questions regarding the proposal preparation process, but will not review proposals in advance or provide other technical assistance to individual organizations.

No hard copies or faxes will be accepted.

Q: What format should we use for the e-documents?
A: All required attachments must be submitted as PDF documents. When naming your file, please do not use special characters (such as /, *, %, etc.) or spaces in the file names. Such files are unrecognized as PDFs to some systems. A list of PDF generators can be found in the LOI guidelines.

Please make sure that uploaded attachments are not password protected.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements of the City Fund? What are the geographic restrictions?
A: To be eligible to submit an LOI, your organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization with programs/projects that directly serve District of Columbia residents.

Organizations headquartered outside the District are eligible to apply. However, they must
specifically demonstrate the impact of the programs/services they offer in the District .

Please reference the LOI for the complete list of eligibility requirements.
Q: Does the City Fund make grants to support general operating expenses, capacity building, or capital improvements?
A: In this grantmaking round, the City Fund will not make awards for general operating support, capacity building or capital improvements.

Q. The legislation calls for an evaluation. What kind of evaluation will be done?
A. Grantees will be required to submit an interim and final report which includes an evaluation against the measurable outcomes of their proposal. The Community Foundation will be responsible for the evaluation of the Fund.

Q. Will there be flexibility in evaluation?
A. Yes, but only as the outcome metrics stated in the proposal vary from organization to organization. These metrics should be quantifiable and based on your mission.

Q. What kind of evaluation of the Fund will The Community Foundation conduct?
A. The Fund will provide interim reports to the donor (The District of Columbia) every six months. These reports will include distribution of grants and expenses, as well as quantitative and qualitative impact measures to-date. The Fund and its overall performance will be evaluated by a third-party evaluator that will be identified by The Community Foundation through a competitive selection process.

Q. Will the sub-grant and Fund evaluations be public?
A. Yes.