For Nonprofits

The Southwest Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Southwest DC (20024). It seeks out and invests in solutions to sustain and improve the quality of life for all Southwest DC residents.

We are pleased to announce a special grant opportunity that opens on October 1, 2021. The foundation expects to award up to seven grants for innovative projects that enhance the lives of people living in Near Southwest DC (20024). These grant funds have been made possible by a community benefits agreement negotiated between ANC6D and Douglas Development.

SWCF will award grants through a competitive application process to non-profits whose programs/projects benefit the residents of Southwest DC. SWCF will complete a rigorous review of each application to determine how funding will meet the SWCF’s mission to enhance the quality of life in Southwest DC. Typical grant awards will be from $1,000 – $10,000. Applications for the fall grant cycle are accepted between October 1, 2021, and November 15, 2021. Applicants will receive a written decision on their proposal in February 2021.

2021 Community Grant Program Guidelines

Who is eligible for funding from Southwest Community Foundation?

Tax-exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), including public charities as described in IRC 509(a)(1)-(4) and 170(b)-(c). Schools are also eligible.

Will the Foundation award grants to organizations that are not 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization but have a fiscal sponsor?

Yes, provided the fiscal sponsor meets the eligibility criteria. Enter the fiscal sponsor’s EIN (Tax ID)

What is ineligible for funding?

Contributions to political or labor organizations, candidates, or causes.

Contributions that facilitate religious mission, doctrine, or organization.

How much funding is available?

The Foundation will award up to $50,000 for this grant round.

How large are the grants?

Community Support grants range from $1,000 minimum to maximum $10,000 for the purposes described above.

What are grant proposal deadlines?

Applications for the fall grant cycle are accepted between October 1, 2021,  and November 15, 2021. Applicants will receive a written decision on their proposal early February, 2021.

When are grants funded?

Grants funds will be paid within 60 days of notification of the award, provided all conditions have been met.

Are there restrictions on the length of time needed to complete projects or programs funded by grants?

Grant-funded projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant award date unless otherwise approved by the Foundation. There is no time restriction on programs.

What criteria apply for awarding grants?

The Foundation prioritizes giving based on criteria that include but are not limited to:

  • alignment with giving priorities

  • perceived potential for the proposal’s success,

  • breadth of impact on the community

  • strength and stability of the applicant organization

  • availability of funding from other sources to fulfill the goals of the grant

  • impact on low- to moderate-income, disadvantaged and/or marginalized persons or families

  • the extent to which the proposal improves the quality of life in Southwest Washington, DC

Can I contact the Foundation if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to email the Foundation at Be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached.

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