Community Action Grants - Washington, DC Metro Area

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Nonprofits
for Education, At-Risk Youth, and Social Welfare

GrantWatch ID#: 179722
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Gannett Foundation

08/29/17 Postmarked

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities in the Washington metropolitan area. Priorities include programs for at-risk youth, services for special populations (i.e., families in crisis, homeless children, ill/poor elderly), and grassroots education programs (i.e., after-school tutorial programs).

The service areas are:
-District of Columbia
-Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties
-Virginia: Alexandria, Falls Church, and Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun.

The Foundation prefers program support over general support, especially for organizations with operating budgets of $1 million or more.

The average grant amount is in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.

The Foundation does not consider consecutive year grants to an organization.

Multiple-year pledge campaigns will not be funded.

As a rule, the Gannett Foundation generally does not consider Community Action Grants for:
-Arts organizations or arts-related education projects
-Capital campaigns
-Colleges or universities
-Events, conferences, seminars, debates, competitions, fundraising events or similar short-term projects
-Hospital-based programs
-Public policy or social research organizations
-Salary support
-Organizations funded by the Gannett Foundation in the previous year
-HIV/AIDS prevention and service organizations, because the Foundation supports the Washington Community AIDS Partnership.

What Community Action Grants do not fund:
-Private foundations
-Organizations not determined by the IRS to be a tax-exempt public charity under §501(c)(3)
-Organizations classified by the IRS as 509(a)(3)
-National or regional organizations unless their programs address specific local community needs
-Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets
-Elementary or secondary schools (public, private or charter schools)
-Political action or legislative advocacy groups
-Endowment funds
-Multiple-year pledge campaigns
-Medical or research organizations, including organizations funding single disease research
-Organizations located in or benefiting nations other than the US and its territories
-Fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, volunteer firefighters or similar groups

Applications should be postmarked no later than February 28th or August 29th.

Applicants are notified by mail of final decisions about 90-120 days after deadlines.

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

Sue Madden

Gannett Foundation
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107

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USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties;   Virginia: Alexandria, Falls Church, and Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun;   Washington, DC

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