Grantseeker FAQs

How do I apply for a grant?

CHF has an open Request for Proposals for 2021. The RFP is available in English, Spanish and Amharic.

What has been the typical size of your grants?

Most grants have ranged from $15,000 to $20,000.

Do you make multi-year grants?

Grant awards have generally been made for one year, but organizations can reapply.

What types of organizations and programs do you fund?

We fund community and advocacy organizations and nonprofits located in the Washington, D.C., region. All of our grantee partners have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Read more about our 2020, 2019 and 2018 grants.

Where do you fund?

The Foundation solely funds organizations and initiatives located in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, which consists of the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

What if my organization is a national organization working locally?

On occasion, we fund national organizations that partner closely with local community-based organizations. In these cases, we generally encourage the local organization to be the grant applicant.

Does CHF provide long-term support for advocacy work?

CHF understands that advocacy work is strategic and long-term. Proposals are reviewed each year. Renewed funding has been provided to many organizations.

Will the foundation provide capacity building grants?

CHF will provide capacity building grants in 2021 by invitation only.