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Pathways Out of Poverty Program

Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Nonprofits for Literacy and Vocational Programming

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The Herb Block Foundation

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofits in the metropolitan Washington area to help young people succeed academically and in the workforce. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. The focus of this program is to provide a quality education for needy youth and adults.

For projects serving youth, The Herb Block Foundation seeks proposals which focus on improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Projects may include in-school and community-based educational programs, after-school activities, and mentoring programs. Programs designed to increase high school graduation rates are encouraged to apply.

For projects serving adults, The Herb Block Foundation seeks proposals to provide literacy education and GED preparation, and to offer vocational training and job placement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174661

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be considered for one year's funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants for the Pathways Out of Poverty Program must be located in and/or provide services in the greater Washington, DC region, defined as the District of Columbia, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and the city of Alexandria in Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.

Grants will not be made for capital or endowment programs, nor for sectarian religious purposes.

No more than 10% of a grant may go to indirect costs (outside of those for general operating support).

Grants cannot be used for lobbying or other partisan purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

The Herb Block Foundation uses a two-step process for evaluating grant proposals: a Letter of Inquiry and a Full Proposal. Your organization must choose to either proceed through the whole application process via online or hard copy.

All applicants, including current and past grantees, must submit a Letter of Inquiry if you expect to apply for the next fiscal year. The Foundation selects projects for further consideration with an invitation for a Full Proposal. Those organizations that mailed in a Letter of Inquiry will receive their request by mail and may use the WRAG Common Grant Application.

Letters of Inquiry sent via mail must be received by or dropped off in The Herb Block Foundation's offices no later than 6:00 p.m. on the deadline date listed in the Application Timetable. Provide one copy of the Letter of Inquiry to either Marcela Brane (President) or Sarah Alex (Executive Director). Letters of Inquiry are not accepted via email.

Those organizations that submitted their Letter of Inquiry online will receive email notification and a link to the Foundation's Online Full Proposal Application. Online applications must be submitted by midnight of the deadline

If you mailed a hard copy letter of inquiry and the Foundation requests a full proposal, then the Foundation will expect a hard copy full proposal.

-LOIs Due: February 6, 2019
-Full Proposal Invited: March 20, 2019
-Full Proposal Due: April 18, 2019
-Proposed Board Meeting: May 21, 2019

LOIs are submitted online. If invited, applicants may use the Common Grant Application to submit a full proposal.

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Contact Information:

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

Submit an LOI online:

The Herb Block Foundation
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC 20036

P: 202-223-8801
F: 202-223-8804

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George's Counties;   Virginia: Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the city of Alexandria ;   Washington, DC