Grantseeker FAQs

What is participatory grantmaking?

The Consumer Health Foundation is implementing a participatory grantmaking approach to our community power grantmaking program. It means “ced(ing) decisionmaking power about funding decisions – including the strategy and criteria behind those decisions – to the very communities that a foundation aims to serve”. The participatory grantmaking committee will decide on the grants (link to strategic plan here). The committee will be composed of community members of color from the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, and Northern Virginia with lived experiences of racial inequities and are engaged in organizing and advocacy.

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. If you would like to apply by video, please base the video on a one page narrative and submit the diversity matrix and the budget separately.

What is your funding priority?

We fund community and nonprofit organizations that are committed to racial equity and undertake community organizing, community engagement, and advocacy in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

What should the one page narrative include?

This narrative should include a description of the organization’s organizing and advocacy work that advances racial equity and engagement with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and other communities of color. It is similar to a letter of inquiry.

What other documents should be submitted?

Submit the following which are not included in the one page narrative.

  • Organization or project budget
  • Diversity matrix

What is the grant amount that could be requested?

The grant range is $15,000 to $20,000.

What type of support does the foundation provide?

The foundation provides general operating support. For direct services organizations that undertake advocacy, they would receive a project support grant.

What types of organizations do you fund?

Our grantee partners have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have fiscal sponsors.

What is the grantmaking process timeline for 2021?

Proposals are due by July 16. In September the participatory grantmaking committee will meet with the organizations to learn more about their work and decide on the grants.

Does the foundation provide capacity building grants?

Applications for the capacity building program in 2021 is by invitation only. A participatory grantmaking committee will be formed that will decide on the capacity building grants.