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Many Hands Grant

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

GrantWatch ID#: 165111
Agency Type:

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Many Hands


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Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia nonprofits serving women, children or families for programs in the areas of health, education, workforce readiness and housing, especially for homeless families. 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 our 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 four grants each giving cycle, the largest of which is $100,000.

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
- 100% of the Many Hands grant must be allocated locally
- 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.

Many Hands makes grants in four areas: Education, Health, Housing, and Job Readiness. Divided into committees, members do all of the work involved in vetting potential grant recipients: researching nonprofit organizations, performing site visits, reading grant applications, and interviewing staff. Each committee ultimately selects one nonprofit to be considered by Many Hands’ full membership.

After financial review, the four finalists’ grant applications are presented to donors, and finalist organizations attend Many Hands’ annual meeting to make short presentations and answer questions. Donors vote to select the recipient of our $100,000 grant. Additional funds are divided equally among the other finalists.

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

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Washington DC, metro area, including Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland

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USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC

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