Many Hands Grant

Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Nonprofits for Education, Health, and Housing Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 165111
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Many Hands


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Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofits serving women, children, and families in the Washington, DC area for programs in the areas of health, education, workforce readiness, and housing. Applicants will compete for votes to be awarded a grand-prize grant. Three smaller grants will also be awarded.

More details on the focus areas are:

The number of high school students who graduated from DC Public Schools in 2015 reached 64%. While an improvement over recent years, it is still well below the national average of 81%.

In the region, 47,200 families with children under age 18 live in poverty. In 2008-2012, 30% of households with children in the District of Columbia said they were unable to afford enough food. This is the second worst rate in the nation.

Family homelessness in DC is rising due to a shortage of both affordable housing units and living wage jobs, and homeless families now outnumber homeless adults for the first time since 2001.

Job Readiness
In 2015, 80,000 women in the region were unemployed, and over 170,000 women were employed in low-wage jobs. It's estimated that fewer than half of these women have the education or training needed to obtain good jobs.


Many Hands awards a $100,000 and three smaller grants.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for a Many Hands grant:
- 501(c)3 status
- 5 years minimum in existence
- $500,000 minimum annual budget ($450,000 minimum in cash)
- Maximum annual budget cannot exceed $10 million
- 100% of the Many Hands grant must be allocated locally. District of Columbia, Montgomery County (MD), Prince Georges County (MD), Arlington County (VA), Fairfax County (VA), and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church (VA) organizations must have independent budgets and local boards of directors.
- Organizations should be secular and non-partisan in mission and program, and should not promote or compel political or religious participation or affiliation
- Organization must serve women, children, and/or families
- Government funding acceptable but cannot be a government agency or program
- No charter schools (they are a government entity)
- Finalists for smaller grants must skip a cycle before being considered again
- $100,000 grant recipients are ineligible for all future Many Hands grants.

Every year, Many Hands members each donate $1,000. These gifts are aggregated into a single pool, from which one $100,000 grant and three smaller grants are made.

In the fall, organizations interested in receiving a Many Hands grant will be asked to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Grant Application. The Many Hands Grants Committee will review these letters, and qualified organizations will be referred to one of four focus area committees — Education, Health, Housing, and Job Readiness — for further consideration.

In April, each committee will request additional financial information from three organizations whom they consider best suited to receive the $100,000 grant. In May, each committee will select one nonprofit to present to Many Hands donors for a vote. One organization will receive $100,000, and the other finalists will receive equal shares of the remaining grant money.

Applications must be received by October 31, 2017.

Community focus areas:

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

Apply online:

Many Hands, Inc.
P.O. Box 15048
Chevy Chase, MD 20825


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USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince Georges County;   Virginia: Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church ;   Washington, DC

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