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CityCenterDC Opportunity Grants to Provide $200k to Local Nonprofits

January 30, 2014

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce $200,000 in new grants to excellent local nonprofits offered through our CityCenterDC Opportunity Grants.  A new philanthropic partnership with CityCenterDC, these investments further the development team’s vision for a vibrant urban center and help to ensure that local residents benefit from CityCenterDC’s emerging economic opportunities.

The grants will provide one-time, one-year grants of up to $50,000 to four respected local organizations providing work readiness services, English as a Second Language instruction, Adult basic education/literacy instruction, and short-term job training programs to District residents residing within the boundaries of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 2C, 2F, 5E, and 6E surrounding the CityCenter DC development.

Based on 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the Census tracts immediately surrounding CityCenterDC are home to approximately 40,000 residents, including 30,000+ working-age adults. A significant number of these residents could benefit from additional education and training to boost their earnings: more than 10,000 working-age adults in these communities have no post-secondary credential, 2,000+ residents report that they speak English less than “very well,” and approximately 2,000 working-age adults in this area are unemployed.

The four awardees include:

The Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO will receive funding to help local residents launch careers in construction through its Building Futures program.

DC Central Kitchen will receive support to assist low-income District residents build their skills and find employment in the culinary arts.

N Street Village will use its grant funding to help support homeless and low-income women in the District through work readiness and supportive services.

Urban Alliance will work with to provide its High School Internship Program including year-round professional training, paid internships, mentoring from an adult professional, and case management services to District youth.

“These four organizations have proven track records of excellence and will use this funding to improve the lives of local residents,” said Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman. “The Community Foundation is very pleased to partner with CityCenterDC, and grateful to Hines for their generosity of spirit and commitment to our community.”

For more information on CityCenter, please read more here.

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