The following competitive funding opportunities are available to nonprofit organizations serving residents of the metropolitan Washington region and eligible individuals in the metropolitan Washington area. Our ability to make grants and scholarships depends on the source and availability of grant/scholarship funds. Please review eligibility guidelines, requirements, and deadlines. Please note that unsolicited or out-of-area applications/proposals will not be accepted.

Greater Washington Works

The initiative’s goal is to both help meet the talent needs of local IT and Healthcare employers as well as support low-income individuals with significant barriers to employment to launch or advance in living-wage careers. The RFP is available here.

LEARN Scholarship

The Landover Educational Athletic Recreational Nonprofit Foundation (LEARN) was established in 1996 to support education programs for Prince George’s County (Maryland) youth residing in communities located in the vicinity of FedExField. Since its inception, The LEARN Foundation has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships and grants to more than 1,000 County students and community organizations. In recent years, LEARN has targeted its scholarships to graduating high school students. The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Prince George’s County assumed administration of The LEARN Foundation fund in 2002.

Click here for application and additional information.

Sharing Prince George’s County

Sharing Prince George’s County

Fund Name: Prince George’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fund; Walton Community Fund for Prince George’s County

Grant cycle/date: One year period

Region(s): Prince George’s County

Deadline: Please check back for our 2017 deadline!

About: Sharing Prince George’s County (Sharing PGC) represents a collection of philanthropic resources for individual and corporate donors to collectively have impact through effective community-based organizations addressing the economic security needs of residents in Prince George’s County through education, work force development and safety-net services. Through Sharing PGC, organizations may submit proposals for multiple funding opportunities using a single application. Sharing Prince George’s County currently consists of two component funds: the Prince George’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fund and the Walton Community Fund for Prince George’s County. Click here to see a description of each fund.

Eligible Programs: Organizations must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for funding consideration:

  • Current status as a 501(c)(3) public charity designation. Organizations that have not yet received a 501(c)3 designation must identify a fiscal sponsor who meets all eligibility requirements to apply for funds.
  • The proposed program/project must be conducted within Prince George’s County.
  • The applicant organization must be current in reporting to the Community Foundation if previous funding has been received.

**Additional eligibility requirements exist for each participating grant fund.

Guidelines: To apply for funding, please read the full Request for Proposals (RFP) Guidelines document by clicking here.

Technical Assistance: Please click here to view a recording of the pre-proposal webinar information session which walks through the RFP Guidelines and the online application system.

Sharing Montgomery

Fund/Grant name: Sharing Montgomery

Grant cycle/date: Currently accepting Letter of Inquiry Applications for the Sharing Montgomery Fund’s Fiscal Year 2017 grant cycle.

Deadline: Thursday, August 4, 2016 by 5:00pm. Submit all applications via our online application system (additional details can be found FY17 LOI Guidelines). All Site Visit Template Forms must be emailed to Bridget Hanagan, .

About:  The Sharing Montgomery Fund is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors in Montgomery County. Stewarded by a donor-led Grants Committee and facilitated by CFMC’s professional staff, the Sharing Montgomery Fund makes grants to local nonprofits through a rigorous annual selection process, evaluating each organization’s effectiveness, including the quality of its programs, management and governance.

Qualified programs: The Sharing Montgomery Fund only makes grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with programs or services which directly serve low-income children, youth, adults, families, and/or seniors living in Montgomery County. Specifically, Sharing Montgomery has three priority focus-areas:

  • •  Safety-net. Emergency services which address the basic needs of low-income children, single adults, families, and seniors in crisis, and also prevention programs in health and human services which help residents as they work to lift themselves out of poverty.
  • •  Education. Academic and enrichment opportunities which empower youth from low-income families to make smart choices, discover their talents, succeed in school, and gain skills necessary for adulthood.
  • •  Workforce Development. Skill-building, professional accreditations, literacy, income generation, and other programs which enable unemployed and low-income individuals to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Region(s): Montgomery County

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs for FY17 Sharing Montgomery Letter of Inquiry

Guidelines: FY2017 Letter of Inquiry Guidelines and Submission Instructions

Submit your application online here:

Click on the links below to access the following documents for your FY2017 Letter of Inquiry Application

  1. Attachment 1: FY2017 LOI Narrative Template
  2. Attachment 2: FY2017 Renewal LOI Executive Summary
  3. Attachment 3: Site Visit Template Form
Spivack Scholarship Fund

Fund Names: Spivack Scholarship Fund

Scholarship cycle:  One year period

Region(s): Washington, DC

Deadline: End of school year

About: Jack Spivack is a former and longtime DC area resident.  His career included positons at the Litton Corporation, the U.S. Defense Department and several successful entrepreneurial enterprises. Recognizing the higher education affordability challenge many DC area students face, Mr. Spivack has partnered with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region to provide assistance.  Through his generosity and partnership with The Community Foundation, Mr. Spivack has a built a powerful legacy that will provide perpetual awards to graduating high school seniors interested in continuing their education.

Eligible Students: Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for funding consideration:

  • • Be a graduate from District of Columbia Public Academic and/or Comprehensive High School;
  • • Must be valedictorian in his/her school for year 2016;
  • • Be planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university;
  • • Must provide college acceptance documentation. 

Apply: To confirm your eligibility, contact Amina Anderson at The Community Foundation at or 202-303-2440.

Fund for Children, Youth, and Families

Fund Name: Fund for Children, Youth, and Families

Region(s):  Organizations and programming selected for funding will only support children, youth, and families only located in the following geographic regions: District of Columbia, The Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William, and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas Park, and Leesburg in the Commonwealth of Virginia, The Counties of Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s in the State of Maryland, Statewide efforts in Virginia and Maryland.

About: The Fund for the Children, Youth, and Families was established to invest in the betterment of underserved children, youth, and families. Specifically to invest in organizations achieving significant impact providing services and programming in the following program areas:

  • • Stable Homes Stable Families
  • • Foster Care and Adoption
  • • Academic and Career Success

Eligible Programs: Your organization is eligible to apply if:

  1. The organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity
  2. The organization’s funding request will address the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families’ Outcomes, which fall across the program areas listed in the ‘About’ section, located above. If your organization is seeking support for a project, it must address one or more of the outcomes. If your organization is seeking general operating support, all of the organization’s programs must address one or more of the outcomes.  Please review the Request for Proposal (RFP) Guidelines for a full listing and definitions of the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families’ program areas and outcomes.  The RFP Guidelines are accessible at
  3. The organization’s funded programming and/or project will only support children, youth, and families only located in the geographic regions named in the ‘Funding Region(s)’ section, located above.  

Apply: Please visit for:

  • • Request for Proposal guidelines and submission instructions
  • • Application Templates
  • • Application deadline and timeline
  • • A listing of dates, times, and registration information for the Informational Webinars and the Outcome Funding Webinars. Applicants are required to participate in one of the scheduled Outcome Funding webinars.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the Informational Webinars.

Deadline: Applicants must submit a Request for Proposal via The Community Foundation’s online application system no later than 4:00pm, Friday, April 15th, 2016.  Submissions will not be accepted via fax, mail, or e-mail.  Late proposals or proposals submitting with missing or incomplete documents will not be considered for funding.

Contact: Questions or comments can be directed to Alicia Reid, Philanthropic Services Officer,

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services’ Credible Messenger Initiative

Fund Name: Credible Messenger Initiative

Region(s):  District of Columbia

About:  The Credible Messenger Initiative is DYRS’ contribution to Safer Stronger DC and is aimed to serve DYRS youth and families of DYRS youth. By providing DYRS youth and families with such a robust service, our vision is that their growth and productivity will impact their success and stability in their communities. The Credible Messenger Initiative will be composed of the following program approaches: 

  • • Transformative Mentoring
  • • Family Engagement Specialists
  • • Restorative Justice
  • • Economic Opportunities
  • • Neighborhood-based Programming

Through this RFP, DYRS will contract with up to six (6) organizations to provide these services to DYRS youth and families in neighborhoods most impacted by youth crime and incarceration. It is anticipated that the program will be implemented in a two phase approach. DYRS will identify three (3) to four (4) grantees to begin programming in Fiscal Year 2016 (through September 30 , 2016)  and the other three (3) to four (4) grantees will begin programming in Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017).

How to Apply:

Organizations that are interested in applying must do so via The Community Foundation’s online application system no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016.

Visit to view the RFP and for more information on how to apply.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Manon Matchett at

For questions regarding the Credible Messenger Initiative,please contact Natalie Gillard at 202.299.5003 or