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FY 2018 African Community Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits to Meet
the Needs of African Immigrant Communities

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Government of the District of Columbia - Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA)

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Deadline Date:

09/01/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit community-based organizations to meet the needs of African immigrants residing within the District. The purpose of this program is to provide culturally and linguistically targeted resources and services to address the priorities and needs of the District’s African constituency.

Funding priority areas identified for FY18 are:
1. Education
2. Jobs & Economic Development
3. Public Safety
4. Civic Engagement
5. Health & Wellness
6. Youth Engagement
7. Arts & Creative Economy

Applications need to clearly reflect how the proposed program will address one or more of these funding areas as an avenue for improving the quality of life of the District’s African residents and business owners.

The target population for this grant is the District’s African-born community and their children. Representing over 17% of the District’s foreign-born population, the African community in DC is a fast growing and highly diverse constituency comprising of many ethnic, linguistic, and cultural communities that make up the larger African community. Through this grant, MOAA looks to ensure equitable, as well as culturally and linguistically targeted engagement of the most isolated and hard to reach segments of this population.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how they will engage specific segments of the community. Applicants should also indicate opportunities for the Mayor’s participation in the grant-funded program in particular, or in the applying organization in general.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163637

Number of Grants:

MOAA expects to award up to 10 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award sizes will vary, and eligible organizations can be funded up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant will be awarded for one year starting in October 1, 2017 and ending on September 30, 2018. The program must be ran and evaluated during this period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all of the following conditions:
-Be a Community-Based Organization with a Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or evidence of fiscal agent relationship with a 501 (c)(3) organization;
-The organization or program serves the District’s African residents or business owners;
-The organization’s principal place of business is located in the District of Columbia;
-The organization is currently registered in good standing with the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, Corporation Division, and the Office of Tax and Revenue;
-Current grantees must be current on any reporting obligations for the FY17 grant cycle.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong evidence of responding to one of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s policy priorities: focusing on the youngest residents; transforming workforce training; and creating economic opportunities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2017 at 2:00 - 4:00 PM at:

Frank D Reeves Center
Edna Cromwell-Frazier Community Room
2000 14th St NW
Washington DC, 20009

Applicants who have questions regarding the RFA are encouraged to attend the meeting.

MOAA will post answers to all questions received before or during the “Grant Orientation” session on its website.

Pre-Application Information:

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you are encouraged to email your questions to the contact person listed below before Friday, September 1, 2017.

Applications are due to be submitted electronically no later than Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM. All applications will be recorded upon receipt. Applications received after Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM are disqualified and will not be forwarded to the Review Panel for funding considerations.

Please note that applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants.

Award notifications will be released in October 2017 via email.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP to the August 16 Pre-Application Orientation Here:

For language access needs such as translation or sign language, please contact Aly Kaba at 202-727-6613, 3 to 5 days before the pre-application conference.

Mamadou Samba, Director

Mayor’s Office on African Affairs
2000 14th Street, NW Suite 400 North
Washington, DC 20009

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