The Southwest Community Foundation has announced the results of its first round of grants to local organizations. The Foundation awarded grants totaling $25,220 to eight organizations in its 2021-22 round of grantmaking.
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The SWCF facilitates innovative and sustaining projects, initiatives, programs, and events that enhance the quality of life in Southwest DC in collaboration with other civic organizations, community and government leaders, and the business community.”
The Southwest Community Foundation was established in 2015 by residents of near Southwest to provide a formal means for improving the quality of life in the quadrant through philanthropic giving.
The founders acted in response to the accelerating pace of real estate development and demographic change that had been sweeping through the quadrant for the past decade. They believed that the community needed a formal, impartial, nonpartisan vehicle for directing philanthropic monies to those areas where they were most needed and best deployed.
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The Southwest Community Foundation (SWCF) recently announced a grant of $250,000 to the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID). The grant funds, provided by Mill Creek Developers, will support a project that will assess and plan for renovation of the current Duck Pond Park. It will also create a vision for establishing a Greater Duck Pond Park stretching from 6th St. to Delaware Ave., SW—something planned in the original urban redevelopment effort of the 1950s but never fully implemented.
The need for preserving and enhancing greenspace in Southwest has become acute as widespread development reduces the community’s open space and increases the population.
The foundation looks forward to working with the SWBID, the community, local property developers, the DC Council, the Mayor’s office, District agencies, business enterprises and individual donors to raise funds for a beautiful, useful and necessary greenspace in Southwest DC.