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The City Fund: First Round of Grant Awards Announced

April 16, 2014


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CONTACT: Jenny Towns                                                                                                                          

Grants totaling over $3.5 million to be awarded 58 DC nonprofits

April 16, 2014 –The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region ( is pleased to announce grant awards to 58 nonprofit organizations for the first round of grantmaking from the City Fund. The $15 million City Fund, proposed by District Mayor Vincent C. Gray, supported unanimously by the DC Council, and funded by the District government, supports effective nonprofits that provide critical programs and services across the city. The City Fund seeks to advance the three broad goals as outlined in Mayor Gray’s One City Action Plan: grow and diversify the District’s economy; educate and prepare the workforce for the new economy; and improve the quality of life for all.  (The full list of grant recipients is included below.)
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Administrator of the Fund, is implementing a grantmaking strategy over a three year period. Today’s announcement applies to the first round of the competitive process, which results in grants of up to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations for the following issue areas: arts, education, environment, health, job readiness, public safety and senior services. The Request for Proposals was released in October 2013, and 315 applications with requests totaling more than $30 million were submitted for consideration. The Community Foundation is awarding grants in excess of $3.5 million for this first round.
The Community Foundation is an independent, public charity, with an independent board of trustees and grant review committee comprised of individuals with no D.C. government affiliation. The Community Foundation will provide the donor (District of Columbia) and the community at-large ongoing reports of grantmaking from the fund, as well as evaluate the impact of the fund over time.
“The Community Foundation is so pleased to award these City Fund grants to organizations that are doing the essential work of improving our community,” said Terri Lee Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. “There is great need in our region, as evidenced by the outpouring of grant applications. We are honored to house this fund and help push resources out to the community where they can most effectively be used for good. The City Fund is providing a much-needed infusion of resources for our local nonprofits.”
“I’m deeply gratified to see the City Fund moving forward and begin its first round of grant-making,” said Mayor Gray. “When I initially came up with the idea, I had hoped we could find a partner to move this forward — and it’s clear that we found that partner in the Community Foundation.” 

Grant recipients include:

AARP Experience Corps DC
Academy of Hope
ACCESS Youth, Inc. 
ARCH Development Corporation
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Bread for the City
Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Building Bridges Across the River t/a THEARC
Calvary Women’s Services, Inc.
Casey Trees
Center for Inspired Teaching
Christ House
City Blossoms, Inc.
College Success Foundation
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council
Council for Court Excellence
Covenant House Washington
Critical Exposure
Cultural Development Corporation of Columbia
Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
DC Central Kitchen
DC Jazz Festival
DC Wheel Productions, Inc. / dba Dance Place
Euphemia L. Haynes Public Charter School (E.L. Haynes)
FAIR Fund Inc
Family Matters of Greater Washington, Inc.
Grupo De Artistas Latinoamericanos (GALA Theatre)
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Liberty’s Promise
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
Mentoring Today
Metro TeenAIDS
National Building Museum
Neighborhood Legal Services
One World Education
Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts
PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
Project Create
Resources for Inner City Children
Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.
Seabury Resources for Aging
SOME, Inc.
Step Afrika! USA, Inc.
Strive DC
The Ellington Fund
The Shakespeare Theatre
The Washington Middle School for Girls
TrueChild Inc.
Turnaround for Children, Inc.
University Legal Services
Urban Ed, Inc.
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
Year Up National Capital Region
Young Playwrights’ Theater, Inc
Young Women’s Project

For more information about the City Fund, please visit  


About The Community Foundation
The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. The Foundation, and our two regional affiliate foundations – The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County – are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations and other organizations. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million. 

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