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FY 2020 African American Community Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofit Community Organizations for
Services that Benefit the African American Community

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Government of the District of Columbia - Executive Office of the Mayor - Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs (MOAAA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/01/19 5:00 PM Postmarked by Date or Receipt for Messenger/Courier Services


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Washington, DC community-based nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life of African American residents. Funding is intended for programs that focus on education, civic engagement, jobs and economic development, health and wellness, youth engagement, arts and creative economy, and public safety.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong evidence of responding to one of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s policy priorities: focusing on the community's youngest residents; transforming workforce training; and creating economic opportunities.

The programs should encompass culturally competent direct services that increase low-income African American residents and small businesses’ capacity for independence into the general community. The target population for this grant is African American residents and/or business owners in the District of Columbia.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184124

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award sizes will vary, and eligible organizations can be funded up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant will be awarded for one year starting in October 1, 2019 and ending on September 30, 2020. Program must be run and evaluated during this period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all of the following conditions:
-Be a Community-Based Organization with a Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or evidence of fiscal agent relationship with a 501 (c)(3) organization;
-The organization or program serves the District’s African American residents; or business owners
-The organization’s principal place of business is located in the District of Columbia;
-All services and programming must be provided in the District of Columbia;
-The organization is currently registered in good standing with the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, Corporation Division, and the Office of Tax and Revenue;
-Current grantees must be current on any reporting obligations for the FY19 grant cycle.

Program funds cannot be used:
- For food expenditures
- For lobbying
- To cover any expenses made prior to the grant award
- To supplant (replace) funds for other grant sources

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-application orientations will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM-7:00 PM at:
2235 Shannon Place SE, Suite 3040
Washington, DC 20020

Applicants who have questions regarding the RFA are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For language access needs such as translation or sign language, please contact Lionell Gaines 3 to 5 days before the pre-application conference.

NOTE: This is only to discuss and give guidance to the RFA process and no particular details of an application can be discussed at these meetings.


Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than Monday, July 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM. All applications will be recorded upon receipt. Applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Award notifications will be released in September 2019 via email.

With an extenuating circumstance and with prior written approval by the Director of MOAAA, applicants may submit their application through hardcopy, email, or cloud storage. Applications sent by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) must be postmarked by the USPS no later than Monday, July 1, 2019 at 5:00PM to be considered for review. Only with prior permission will email submissions be reviewed. Emails must be sent no later than Monday, July 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Lionell Gaines, Associate Director
Phone: 202-836-0826
Main: (202) 442-8150

For hardcopy submission:
Mayor’s Office on African Affairs
Attn: Lionell Gaines
2000 14th Street, NW Suite 400 North
Washington, DC 20009

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC