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Rainmakers Giving Circle Grant

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Nonprofits
to Support Disadvantaged Girls and Women in the DC Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Washington Area Women's Foundation (WAWF) - Rainmakers Giving Circle

Deadline Date:

12/03/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for activities that support and empower disadvantaged girls and women up to age 24 in the Washington, DC area. Eligible programs are those that target populations in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Maryland or Arlington County, Virginia.

Funding is intended to improve the lives of young women and girls by supporting programs that foster their empowerment, self-esteem, and ability to achieve their full potential.

Specifically, the Funding Source awards grants to programs that:

- Encourage the development of healthy behaviors and the prevention of risk factors among economically disadvantaged girls and young women (up to age 24);
- Increase the competence of this target population in such areas as education, health, interpersonal relations, financial management, and employment
- Provide legal services for the purpose of preventing incarceration or loss of housing or to enhance employment or housing prospects

Rainmakers will consider requests for general operating support made by a nonprofit whose mission is fully consistent with the Rainmakers’ mission (i.e., an organization that exclusively serves economically vulnerable girls and women age 24 or younger living in an eligible jurisdiction). Organizations that do not qualify for a grant exclusively covering general operating support must apply for funding for a specific Eligible Program and such requests may include funding for general operating support up to a maximum of 20 percent of the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177110

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

4 - 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants typically range between $10,000 and $15,000. This year, Rainmakers will award a total of $65,000 to $75,000 in grants.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:

- Be a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code;
- Provide services to the Targeted Population;
- Have been in operation for at least two years; and
- Not seek funding for a program that proselytizes for a religion or a faith-based organization.

Nonprofits serving economically vulnerable girls and women age 24 or younger who reside in neighboring jurisdictions will not be eligible for funding during this grant cycle.

Rainmakers will not consider requests to fund:

- Individuals;
- Programs that provide services to boys or young men;
- Scientific or medical research;
- Programs that promote religious doctrine;
- Endowments;
- Capital improvements, including construction or renovation projects; and/or
- Debt retirement.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due no later than Monday, December 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.

The Rainmakers Giving Circle will evaluate eligible proposals and select 9 to 12 applicants to receive site visits. Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2019 whether they were selected for site visits. A member of the Site Visit Committee will contact each selected applicant to arrange a mutually convenient date in March or April 2019.

Funding decisions will be announced in May or June 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Send the proposal and its attachments via email to both email addresses:


Questions may be sent to the first email address above.

Washington Area Women's Foundation
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Prince George's County;   Virginia: Arlington County;   Washington, DC