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Philip L. Graham Fund Grant

Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Nonprofits for Arts, Education, Human Services and Health

GrantWatch ID#: 176003
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Philip L. Graham Fund

10/17/16 5:30 PM EDT

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of arts and humanities, community strengthening, education, and health and human services. Priority will be given to one-time requests, such as capital needs and equipment purchase.

The Philip L. Graham Fund awards grants to organizations located in and primarily serving the following jurisdictions:

-Washington, DC

-Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties

-Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Interest Areas:

1) Arts and Humanities - The Philip L. Graham Fund has supported both large and small arts organizations in and around Washington, DC. The Fund remains committed to supporting longstanding organizations devoted to bringing high-quality and unique programs to the community and to seeking out new organizations bringing fresh ideas and offerings to the metropolitan area.

2) Community Endeavors - The Fund considers requests from institutions that tell the stories of the country’s history, values, accomplishments and those that strengthen the greater metropolitan community as a whole. Requests are considered from a broad spectrum of organizations, such as institutions of national significance located in the metropolitan area, improvement of local parks and playgrounds, and efforts to help the community through programs that strengthen families and neighborhoods.

3) Education - The Philip L. Graham Fund is committed to supporting efforts to advance and expand educational offerings for the children of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Fund gives highest priority to programs that improve public education at the pre-college level for disadvantaged, low-income students and schools that address other special needs segments of the population.

4) Health and Human Services - The Health and Human Services segment of the Philip L. Graham Fund’s giving portfolio focuses on organizations serving those in greatest need in the community. Organizations providing shelter, food, medical care, and counseling to low income members of the community remain a high priority for the Fund. The Fund does not accept proposals from hospitals.

The Fund typically awards grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $75,000, with larger grants awarded on occasion.

The Fund rarely awards multiyear grants. Applicants must contact the Fund prior to submitting a multiyear request.

The Fund only accepts letters of inquiry from organizations that have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not private foundations as defined in the Code.

The Fund does not typically support an organization within its first three years of operation as a 501 (c)(3).

The Fund requires that organizations be based in and primarily serving residents of one or more of the jurisdictions included in the Fund's Giving Footprint in order to be considered:

The following types of organizations are generally not accepted for consideration:
-Government Agencies
-Membership Organizations
-Individual early childhood education or daycare centers
-Individual public or private schools other than public charter schools
-Public charter schools opened within the last three years
-Parent Teacher Associations
-Institutions of post-secondary education
-Foundations established and operated by a university or college
-National or international organizations or concerns
-Hospitals or hospital foundations
-Organizations significantly involved in advocacy, litigation, or efforts to change public policy

The following types of requests are generally not accepted for consideration:
-Advocacy, litigation or efforts to change public policy
-Special events, conferences, workshops, or seminars
-Travel expenses
-Annual giving campaigns, benefits, or sponsorships
-Courtesy advertising
-Production of films or publications

Please also note that applications cannot be considered from organizations that:
-Have received a grant from the Fund in the previous thirty-six months;
-Have had a funding request declined by the Fund in the previous twelve months;
-Are undergoing an executive leadership change; or
-Have not submitted a Final Grant Report for a previously awarded grant.

The Fund is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry. Applications will be accepted until 5:30 PM EDT on October 17, 2016. The Fund only accepts applications through its online application system.

Organizations will either be invited to submit a full proposal or declined within thirty days of each LOI deadline.

After your organization has been invited to submit a full proposal, the Fund will coordinate with your application’s request contact to schedule a meeting, conference call, or site visit.

Each grantmaking cycle lasts approximately four months from the Letter of Inquiry deadline to receipt of the final decision.

More information about the Foundation's funding areas may be found here:

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Application instructions may be found here:

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

Submit an LOI:

Philip L. Graham Fund
c/o Graham Holdings Company
1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1700
Arlington, VA 22209

Washington, DC; Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s Counties; Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

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