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Philip L. Graham Fund Grants

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Nonprofits
for Health, Human Services, Arts, and Education Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Philip L. Graham Fund

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 5:30 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 to Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible cities and counties for programs and projects that focus on the areas of arts and humanities, education, health and human services, and community endeavors.

Preference is given to requests for special, one-time needs (e.g., equipment and capital needs).

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

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

Please keep in mind that while consideration is occasionally given to other requests, the Fund remains committed to primarily funding requests for special, one-time needs of organizations (e.g., equipment and capital needs) rather than general operating, staffing, or program support.

Further details on each of the program areas are as follows:

Arts and Humanities:
From its earliest days, the Philip L. Graham Fund has supported both large and small arts organizations in and around Washington, D.C. Many of the City’s largest and most innovative theater companies, museums, dance companies, and arts education programs can trace their earliest funding back to the Graham Fund. 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.

Community Endeavors:
Recognizing the importance of Washington, D.C., to the nation and the world, 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. These include support for 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.

The Philip L. Graham Fund is committed to supporting efforts to advance and expand educational offerings for the children of the Washington, D.C., 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.

In recognition of the role charter schools play in the public education landscape of Washington, D.C., the Fund awards grants each year to three high-quality public charter schools that have demonstrated solid growth in student achievement, strong school and board leadership, significant parental involvement, and prudent financial planning and sustainability. In keeping with the Fund’s giving philosophy, requests for one-time special needs receive highest priority. Proposals from newly created public charter schools are not accepted.

Health and Human Services
The Health and Human Services segment of the Fund’s portfolio is the largest portion of the Fund’s giving and includes a wide array of services designed to ensure everyone in the greater metropolitan area has access to the tools necessary for healthy and productive living. Nonprofits providing shelter, food, medical care, and workforce development programs to members of our community are a high priority for the Fund as well as efforts to increase access to fresh foods, legal services, routine primary care and dental visits, and comprehensive behavioral health services for children and adults.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179543

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund typically awards grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $75,000, with larger grants awarded on occasion.

Term of Contract:

The Fund rarely awards multi-year grants. Please contact the Fund prior to submitting a multi-year request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 (see Grant Coverage Areas below for details).

The following types of organizations are generally not accepted for consideration:

- Individuals
- Government Agencies
- Membership Organizations
- 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
- Research
- Endowments
- Special events, conferences, workshops, or seminars
- Travel expenses
- Annual giving campaigns, benefits, or sponsorships
- Courtesy advertising
- Production of films or publications

Requests from organizations that have received a grant within the last 36 months or have been declined within the last 12 months will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

The Fund is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry. Applications will be accepted until 5:30 pm EST on February 1, 2018.

The Philip L. Graham Fund follows a two-step application process. Organizations interested in applying for funding from the Philip L. Graham Fund must first submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) through the online application system prior to one of three deadlines each year. Within 30 days of each Letter of Inquiry deadline, all applicants will be notified of their application’s status. Select applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.

The Fund's three LOI deadlines are February 1, July 1, and December 1. Applications from public charter schools are only accepted for the winter deadline each year.

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

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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.

Apply online:

Caitlin E. Orth, Grants Manager

c/o Graham Holdings Company
1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1700
Arlington, Virginia 22209

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Geographic Focus:

USA: 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;   Washington, DC