Grantees

Current and previous Diverse City Fund grantees are listed here!

 

Fall/Winter 2017 grantees

$83,000 in grants to 20 projects/coalitions:

Black Youth Project 100 DC: A member-based and volunteer-run organization of Black 18- to 35-year-old activists dedicated to seeking justice and freedom for all Black people by building a diverse collective of activists who focus on transformative leadership development, engage in nonviolent direct action organizing, advocate in the local and national spheres, and learn through radical pro-Black political education, all in pursuit of Black Liberation.

Crafting for Consciousness: A cooperative of women of color who build community, reduce stress, promote self-sufficiency, and generate revenue while making crafts and engaging in social justice dialogue

CryptoParty DC: A project to demystify​ ​digital​ ​security​ ​practices​ ​and​ ​approaches​ ​and provide ​space​ ​to​ ​implement those​ ​practices​ ​​in​ ​a​ decentralized, ​supportive event​ ​environment format called​ ​a CryptoParty — a​ ​free​ ​and​ ​public​ ​gathering​ ​to​ ​share​ ​knowledge​ ​about​ ​how​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​yourself​ ​in​ ​digital​ ​spaces.

DC Healers Collective: Providing community-based healing and movement sustainability through holistic health services, primarily for LGBTQI people of color, through yoga and meditation classes in English and Spanish and a website directory featuring self-care/healing resources in DC.

Grassroots DC and DC Movement for Black Lives: For the creation of media materials, including news articles, videos, podcasts, and infographics, and issue-specific public education curricula for a series of workshops within public housing communities in Wards 5-8.  

Horn of Africa Community Institute: An organization seeking to strengthen an interdependent and robust community of African immigrants and refugees — especially those who come from the Horn of Africa — that is empowered to support the efforts of individuals, families and institutions in Washington, DC. 

Lower Georgia Avenue Coalition: A coalition organizing to ensure that residents’ voices are heard in the midst of the development that is taking place in an accelerated place in Lower Georgia Avenue communities.

National African-American Neighborhoods Homeowners and Tenants Advocate: Establishing self-empowerment among Black Washingtonians through community advocacy training and activities, and rehabilitating, renovating, and restoring cultural heritage and the integrity of historic contributions to DC, so that DC’s African-American homeowners and tenants can stand and work together to advocate and secure the rights and interests of the indigenous population.

No Justice No Pride: A collective of organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia working to end the LGBT movement’s complicity with systems of oppression that further marginalize Trans and Queer individuals. NJNP members are black, brown, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, bisexual, indigenous, two-spirit, formerly incarcerated, disabled,
white allies and together we recognize that there can be no pride for some of us without
liberation for all of us.

On the Ground Radio Show: A weekly radio show broadcasting alternative news from Washington, DC, providing coverage of social justice activists who are in DC or who come from around the country or from around the world to speak truth to power.  

One Love = True Change, Inc.: A grassroots movement of families, educators, “artivists”, and healers of color in solidarity with people of color to spread love, consciousness, and re-awaken a Village mentality in our community.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Tenants Association: A tenant group fighting for safe, comfortable affordable housing, senior services, and strong tenants’ rights at Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments and across DC.

Rebuild the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Community Village TimeBank: Using timebanking as a medium of exchange to marshal human capital to rebuild, re-energize and recreate community for returning residents and new residents after the demolition of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg (ACC) public housing complex in Southeast DC.

Save Our System Coalition: A coalition organizing for a safe, reliable, and affordable public transportation system, bringing the voices of traditionally marginalized riders to the conversation so that needs and concerns about community safety, accessibility, and equity in a public transit system are heard.

Tenants Relocation Cooperative: A cooperatively-owned, tenant-run relocation services for affordable and public housing, educating and training tenants to participate in every phase of the relocation process, from design of newly updated and renovated apartment complexes to the relocation of all affected tenants to temporary units and through their return.

The Black Swan Academy:  Empowering Black youth in underserved communities through civic leadership and engagement, giving them a comprehensive set of tools needed to succeed in life and become active social catalysts in their communities.

Together Restoring Economic Empowerment: A millennial-led civil rights-minded organization dedicated to helping bridge the rift between members of the millennial generation and activism. TREE works to develop substantive plans of action, particularly in communities of color, that help individuals to act quickly and with an informed opinion. TREE focuses on three main areas: economic justice, environmental justice, and the nexus between entertainment and race.

Uptown Art HouseA volunteer-led, people of color-led arts and community organization seeking to socially activate the many talented artists in our communities while amplifying cultural and artistic expression in activist and community spaces.

Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA): Inspiring, engaging, and informing women and girls of African descent to honor our ancestors by embracing our cultural foodways to heal ourselves and our communities and advocating for healthy food policies for their communities. 

You-Nique Services, Inc.: Providing a platform for those labeled as poor to be a part of creating their own stories, told in their own way as a way to peacefully dismantle the system of oppression fueled by the constant bombardment of negative images seen and heard thru mainstream media as it pertains to people of color.

Fall/Winter 2017 Grantmaking Team: Sujata Bhat, Nkechi Feaster, Tiffany FitzGerald, Storme Gray, Kristi Matthews, Sade Moonsammy, Keri Nash,  Brenda Perez, Brigette Rouson, Aja Taylor, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

 

Spring/Summer 2017 grantees

$75,000 in grants to 17 projects/coalitions: 

African American Music Association: To extend healing, comprehensive training, and the culture of music and performing arts as an ongoing practice within the community so as to stem the problems of alcohol, drugs, domestic/gun violence and neighborhood beef.

African American Women’s Resource Center: For the Kitchen Table Talks, discussions with women of color who have participated in movements ranging from Civil Rights to women’s rights to LGBT rights, in order to improve strategies for the fights of today.

African Diaspora STEAM Travel Project: A coalition project design to expose low-income students ages 10-21 with a rich cultural travel experience by teaching African History and doing a deep dive into Cuba, Jamaica and South Africa. This summer, students will work with over 500 young people in South Africa, with the goal of completing an Engineering Service Project (ESP) that would provide free lighting for over 1,000 families in South Africa currently living without electricity.

Black-Asian Community Building Project: For a project in Participatory Action Research and Community Organizing that will set personal stories of conflict between immigrant and Black communities in a political and historical context to demonstrate larger forces at work behind conflicts and begin to heal all communities and uplift those who are targeted and marginalized.

Co-cooperative Developer Certification: To expand dignified employment opportunities in low-income communities of color through the development of worker cooperatives, businesses owned and managed democratically by their employees. The organization seeks to create a co-operative ecosystem in DC where all workers – especially those of us who have been most marginalized by our current economy – reap the benefits of our labor, have a meaningful voice in the workplace, and apply those democratic practices to other areas of civic life.

Coalition for Community Advocacy: A coalition working to increase support of the NEAR Act and Youth Rehabilitation Act, in recognition of the fact that over-policing will not make our communities safe.

Darfur Women Action Group:  women-led anti-atrocity advocacy group, founded by a Darfuri genocide survivor, which strives to empower the most affected communities of the crises in Sudan who live as refugees in the DC area by building strong leadership among those who are historically excluded and enabling them to lead and foster positive change within their local communities.

DC African Francophone Faith Leaders Train The Trainers: For a train the trainer curriculum, offering culturally sensitive and language appropriate trainers, to build capacity, relevance, and visibility in DC’s African Muslim and African Francophone communities.

DC Justice For Muslims Coalition: A coalition focused on challenging institutional, structural, and interpersonal Islamophobia through organizing, education, training, advocacy, and pushing local advocacy organizations to include Muslim voices and experiences in larger advocacy efforts to dismantle white supremacist cisheteropatriarchy.

Express Igbo: An organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the Igbo language by teaching students a language that is perishing at the hands of globalization, culturally biased pedagogies, and white supremacy.

Fair Budget Coalition: For the Constituent Engagement Program, which aids member organizations in developing tailored, authentic plans for grounding their advocacy work in the experiences of people most impacted by policy change.

Holistic HIV Service Network: Working to end the spread of HIV/AIDS among refugee and migrant communities who have arrived in DC from from brutal tyrannies and human rights abuse of the dictatorial regimes of Africa, especially from Ethiopia and Eritrea, by linking them with appropriate and accessible treatment, care, and support services.

Hustlers to Harvesters: Empowering returning citizens to organize, act, and amplify leadership and voice of those directly affected by employment discrimination, removing barriers and cultivating job opportunities for returning citizens and job seekers with a criminal background.

Many Languages One Voice: For Our Rightful Place, a hub for immigrant-led organizing in DC through the DC Immigrant Organizing Center and the DC Immigrant Justice Coalition.

Marsha P. Johnson Institute: Addressing the need for culturally competent practices aimed at improving health and quality of life outcomes for trans people, especially Black trans women, by cultivating a platform to connect with Black trans women and gender non-conforming femmes of color through direct relationships, outreach, research, and programming to produce work that serves the needs of their communities.

Mothers Outreach Network: Mobilizing African American mothers subject to systems of disempowerment, such as the foster care system and the criminal justice system, to uplift them from a socioeconomic structure that inadequately addresses their full potential for economic independence through social justice education, grassroots mobilization, and legal advocacy.

Young Doctors DC: A mentoring, education, and health program for high school boys of color in Washington DC, conducted through summer and Saturday academies that train boys in preventative medicine, mental health, and health disparities in underserved communities.

Spring/Summer 2017 Grantmaking Team: I-Ra Abubaker, Sheri Brady, Brandy Brooke, Keya Chatterjee, Rubie Coles, Storme Gray, Lucane LaFortune, Jeremiah Lowery, Preethi Nampoothiri, Nicole Newman, Kimmie Ramnine, Mark Robinson, Brigette Rouson, Marlene Sallo, Aja Taylor, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

 

Fall/Winter 2016 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 19 projects:

Black Swan Academy: Empowering black youth in under-served communities through civic learning and engagement, giving them a comprehensive set of tools needed to succeed in life and become active social catalysts n their communities.

Family & Friends of Incarcerated People: Promoting social, cultural, and youth development for the children of incarcerated people and at-risk youth, as a means of avoiding intergenerational incarceration.

Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement: For a series of race talks and healing sessions that discuss the intersectionality of shared struggles in communities of color, and to provide a space for AAPI communities and other communities of color to strategize how to organize and mobilize around important issues.

International Capoeira Angola Foundation: An Afro-Brazilian cultural center whose mission is to preserve, cultivate and introduce the art and philosophy of Capoeira Angola as a mechanism for social change.

The Future Foundation: Empowering youth and young adults with comprehensive social justice advocacy, community organizing and resource development skills to improve their future, through designing, facilitating, and evaluating popular education sessions. 

Washington Peace Center: An anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization working for peace, justice, and non-violent social change in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.

You-Nique Services/It Is What It Is Mobile Talk Show: Providing a platform for those labeled as poor to be a part of creating their own stories, told in their own way as a way to peacefully dismantle the system of oppression fueled by the constant bombardment of negative images seen and heard thru mainstream media as it pertains to people of color.

Horn of Africa Community Institute: Supporting African immigrants and refugees in obtaining and supporting the expansion of affordable housing through the Amharic Housing Advocacy Program.

National Network of Returning Citizens: Building a strong network of returning citizens who support each other’s successful reintegration to their communities and to elevate their leadership by advocating for policy reforms that promote restorative practices and reductions in incarceration.

Northwest Childcare Cooperative: Supporting low-income women of color as they develop leadership, business management, and collective governance skills that will help them start, run, and operate a childcare cooperative in the Logan Circle neighborhood.

The Black Workers Center Chorus: Voicing the concerns of DC tenants, workers, and families in song, drawing specific attention to the need for living wage jobs, affordable housing, unemployment, and homelessness.

What’s Going On: For the Marvin Gaye Project, through which residents of and visitors to Ward 7 will enjoy high quality classes and performing arts events that will speak directly to the history of DC, the power of Marvin Gaye’s music, and current and historical perspectives on issues of race, racism, civil rights, social justice and what it is to be American.

CollegeBound Entertainment, LLC (CBE): For the Black Arts Movement, an grassroots training/Art in Activism course focused on how yesterday’s Black Arts Movements apply to artist movements today, and what the relationship is among art, politics, and the role of the politically conscious artist.

Melanin Uprising: A youth-led collective based in Ward 7 seeking to create spaces for youth to discuss, process, and combat oppressive forces that cause trauma in the Black community, and thereby inspire a generation of strong, resilient, self- actualized leaders who advocate on behalf of themselves and their peers.

Tightshift Laboring Cooperative: Supporting the growth of a worker-owned cooperative that will provide quality employment to returning citizens and troubled youth while providing excellent moving, landscaping, cleaning, and other home improvement services.

Empowering the Transgender Community: Engaging trans women of color to organize events to empower trans women of color with the tools that they need to be more effective advocates for themselves, find solutions together, and directly engage the DC government agencies that need to change to achieve long term success for trans women in the District.

On the Ground Radio Show: A weekly radio show that covers social justice activism, with a special emphasis on sustainable living, environment, economics, labor, and the left edge of culture and media.

Park View Wilderness Lab: Supporting a multi-media social practice, collaborative art and research project exploring the oral histories within the NW DC neighborhood of Park View; the goal is to collect, preserve and share the Park View community’s memories and stories for future generations, prioritizing traditionally marginalized identities and voices and to situate those stories in meaningful, accessible venues which reassert the narrative commons on spaces in the community.

Train the Movement: A People of Color-led network of facilitators and trainers with diverse backgrounds and skill levels, providing resources, tools, trainings, and facilitation support for communities of color building liberation through social movements and action.

Fall/Winter 2016 Grantmaking Team: Thomas Blanton, Sheri Brady, Linda Leaks, Nikki Lewis, Preethi Nampoothiri, Keri Nash, Nicole Newman, Jessica Raven, Mark Robinson, Brigette Rouson,  Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

 

Spring/Summer 2016 grantees

$48,500 in grants to 13 projects: 

Black Lives Matter DC: A collective of organizers, activists, and artists in DC who work to combat anti-blackness and racialized oppression in all of its manifestations as experienced by Black and African diasporic people.

Darfur Women Action Group: A women-led anti-atrocity advocacy group, founded by a Darfuri genocide survivor, which strives to empower the most affected communities of the crises in Sudan who live as refugees in the DC area by building strong leadership among those who are historically excluded and enabling them to lead and foster positive change within their local communities.

Express Igbo: An organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the Igbo language by teaching students a language that is perishing at the hands of globalization, culturally biased pedagogies, and white supremacy.

Fundacion Angie: A grassroots organization in Ward 4 whose mission is to serve Latino LGBT people. Programs include workforce development for at-risk LGBTQ youth, support groups for Latino transgender communities, job coaching, and support groups for gay and bisexual Latinos over 40 years old.

Many Languages One Voice – Learning Circles: Supporting the creation of spaces for sharing of strategies, reflection, learning together, and celebration of local wins led by the Student Multiethnic Action Research Team and the Comité de Apoyo Laboral y Poder Obrero.

Metropolitan DC Health Consortium: For the Elders to Youth Share History project, which engages middle school students in conducting social justice digital interviews with elders in the community who are and have been involved in struggles against injustice.

ONE DC: Exercising political strength in order to create and preserve racial and economic equity in the Shaw neighborhood and in the District of Columbia by organizing low- to moderate-income residents to participate in DC political debates about public land, jobs, and housing.

People for Fairness Coalition: An organization, led by homeless and formerly homeless individuals, dedicated to ending housing instabilities through advocacy, outreach, peer mentoring platforms, and building power among communities that have been denied the basic right to housing.

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington, DC: An organization dedicated to win improved working conditions and raise industry standards for Washington, DC’s restaurant workers, particularly low-income workers of color.

Sincere Seven: For the WOOK-LP radio station, a listener-support, community FM and internet radio station featuring DC-based music, talk, and cultural content, with a focus on social justice and empowering the voices of DC’s many diverse communities.

This Light: Sounds For Social Change: A radio series that features artists/activists who  through their visual art, music, spoken word, film, poetry, dance, foment progressive social change.

Together Restoring Economic Empowerment: A millennial-led civil rights-minded organization dedicated to helping bridge the rift between members of the millennial generation and activism by working to develop substantive plans of action, particularly in communities of color, that enable individuals to act on injustice in the economic, entertainment and environmental sphere.

Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA): A pipeline program supporting the next generation of women and girl leaders of African descent in agriculture, nutrition and dietetics. WANDA offers mentorship, educational resources, and service leadership opportunities.

Spring/Summer 2016 Grantmaking Team: Lucane Lafortune, Rebecca Lemos-Otero, Nicole Newman, Brenda Perez, Darakshan Raja, C. Kimmi Ramnine, Jessica Raven, Silvia Salazar, Jonathan Stith, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

 

Fall/Winter 2015 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 17 projects: 

#KeepDC4Me: A coalition of community organizations, neighborhoods, neighbors, families, friends, and individuals dedicated to collaboratively confronting and dismantling systems of oppression that were created and operate to displace Black people and incite violence in predominantly Black communities in the District of Columbia.

America’s Vets Helping Vets for Life: For the Million Veterans March, and for providing personal services for veterans that address the causes and consequences of homelessness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Brave Soul Collective: An education, outreach, and support organization for gay / bisexual / transgender / questioning HIV-positive and -negative individuals living their lives in truth through the arts.

Campaign for Returning Citizenship to Returning Citizens (The Re-Entry Network for Returning Citizens): For political education of returning citizens, training of outreach workers who are also returning citizens, and creating safe spaces for returning citizens to share their pasts with each other.

Crafting for Consciousness: A cooperative of women of color who build community, reduce stress, promote self-sufficiency, and generate revenue while making crafts and engaging in social justice dialogue.

Empower DC: For Public Housing Empowered, a leadership training program for public housing residents. It is part of the Public Housing Campaign, which organizes public housing residents to win improvements and prevent displacement.

For the Love of Orr: For a campaign to modernize Orr Elementary, amplify parent voices in the remodeling planning process, and ensure that DCPS uses a contractor that hires 80% Ward 8 residents.

Grassroots DC: Supporting computer basics and media production training for low-income/working-class DC residents and their advocates.

Health Care Now: For a campaign to assure that CareFirst’s excess reserves are reinvested into community health programs in DC.

Healthy Babies Project: For the organization’s new peer-to-peer Teen Doula Program, which trains Teen Parent Empowerment Program graduates to provide prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum peer support to improve health outcomes for at-risk pregnant DC teens and their infants.

IT Computer Wiz Kids: Support for Community HelpDesk, an intergenerational, DIY training space for computer skills-building.

On the Ground Radio Show: A weekly radio show that covers social justice activism, with a special emphasis on sustainable living, environment, economics, labor, and the left edge of culture and media.

Project Healthy Living/The ManDate: Improving sexual health outcomes and influencing healthy life choices for black gay men and their social and sexual networks.

Rebuild the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Community Village TimeBank: Using timebanking as a medium of exchange to marshal human capital to rebuild, reenergize and recreate community for returning residents and new residents after the demolition of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg (ACC) public housing complex in Southeast DC.

Stand Up! For Democracy in DC: A grassroots organization, founded to address the lack of self-government of the residents of Washington, DC, which has focused on local and national educational outreach with the goal of making the connection between DC Statehood and improving the everyday lives of DC residents through realizing all the benefits and rights which statehood would make possible.

TightShift Laboring Coop: Supporting the launch of a worker-owned cooperative that will provide quality employment to returning citizens and troubled youth while providing excellent moving, landscaping, cleaning, and other home improvement services.

You-Nique Services Inc.: Providing a media platform for underserved communities to raise awareness of issues and concerns, and exercise their freedom of speech through the production of short online videos.

Fall/Winter 2015 Grantmaking Team: Reggie Grant, Timothea Howard, Rebecca Lemos-Otero, Lucane Lafortune, Nicole Newman, Brenda Perez, C. Kimmi Ramnine, Brigette Rouson, Kaajal Shah, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

 

Spring/Summer 2015 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 24 projects:

#DanceWithCare: Drawing together collective knowledge and creative action on the transformative and anti-oppressive possibilities of dancefloors and social spaces through a series of workshops with DJs, artists, party organizers, venues, and community members.

Carver Terrace Tenants and Civic Association: For the Race Matters Summer Camp, which will bring together high school students and seniors in Carver/Langston for know-your-rights and anti-police brutality trainings.

City at Peace at the Atlas Performing Arts Center: Using a social justice curriculum and the performing arts as learning tools for teens and young adults to examine their own lives and their surrounding community and present their vision for the future.

Darfur Women Action Group: Working with victims and survivors of the genocide in Darfur, both in Sudan and the diaspora in the US, by providing them with access to tools that will enable them to lead the effort to foster sustainable social change in their communities.

DC Ferguson: Building a strong grassroots movement dedicated to eliminating militarized racially biased policing in Washington, DC and reframing the way we as communities think about and ensure safety and justice in our own neighborhoods and city.

DC Jobs with Justice: Supporting the leadership development and training of worker leaders and community organizers to lead, organize, and advocate through the “DC Just Hours” and “DC Just Pay” coalition campaigns.

DC Worker Cooperative Training: Support for a training, focused on entrepreneurs from low-income communities and communities of color, that will advance DC’s worker cooperative infrastructure by providing education, training, technical assistance, and a supportive community.

DeanwoodxDesign: Support for the Front Porch Sound Series, a monthly concert series in Deanwood that will demonstrate how the creative economy engages the community’s development and showcase economic development opportunities along Sheriff Road.

Eritrean Diaspora Network: Building the civic capacity of the Eritrean diaspora in Washington, DC and empowering members of the community to organize and effectively represent their interests so that they can influence public opinion and advance social justice.

FEMRAD: A project exploring the effects of long-term exposure to radiation on African-American women and girls and identifying their perspectives as missing from the new round of regional, national and international discussions on policy responses to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, energy, waste and radioactive contamination of soil, air, food and water.

Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District and Development Fund: Supporting smart, inclusive growth for Upper Georgia Avenue through a variety of community efforts.

I SAW! DC: Support for a video festival and awards program highlighting four years of youth-led, intergenerational research work to uncover, highlight and preserve the historical contributions and empowering legacy of resilience within under-served communities of color.

International Capoeira Angola Foundation: An Afro-Brazilian cultural center whose mission is to preserve, cultivate and introduce the art and philosophy of Capoeira Angola as a mechanism for social change.

M.O.M.I.E.’s TLC: For the Youth Ambassadors Initiative, which supports a core group of M.O.M.I.E’s long-time youth and offers rigorous educational advocacy and support, jobs training, volunteer opportunities, and leadership development while continuing to ground them in M.O.M.I.E’s humanities model.

Makers Lab: Support for Last Night, a multimedia art installation/storytelling project that explores Black queer space in Washington, DC.

Many Languages One Voice: Supporting the Summer Institute for Student Organizing, a project of the Student Multiethnic Action Research Team. SMART is a youth-led decision-making body composed of immigrant English Language Learner students and their families that organizes for equitable, quality education in DC.

National Black United Front – Washington, DC Chapter: Support for rallies, marches, protests, and community informational forums related to NBUF’s social justice organizing against police brutality, misconduct, and militarization.

One Love = True Change: A collective of DC residents of and “for” color – of all ages – dedicated to promoting a united community, proud of its African and Indigenous heritage, and responsible for upholding those legacies.

Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC (ONE DC): Support for the Right to Income campaign, which will help low-income DC workers build power, fight for decent working conditions, and secure equitable wages through the development of DC’s first Black Worker Center.

Overnight Childcare Campaign: Support for survey work and the development of a white paper to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive extended hours childcare policy campaign in DC.

Positive Productions: For the “Two Streams of a River” project, which will use film as a bridge-building tool for strengthening ties and understanding between African-Americans and Ethiopian/African communities — two communities who occupy the same ancestral heritage and geographic space but are often disconnected and in some cases in conflict with one another.

Premier CDC Edgewood Farmers’ Market: Addressing a food desert in Ward 5 through a community-empowering farmers’ market.

Sadiki Education Safari: Strengthening the Diaspora one child at a time through exposure to African culture.

Train the Movement: A Trainers of Color Collaborative: Building a sustainable multi-generational pipeline for more front-line People of Color in DC committed to social justice to increase their personal capacity as trainers and facilitators in order to develop skills, content knowledge, confidence, exposure and networks – all while sharing their expertise.

Spring/Summer 2015 Grantmaking Team: Sheri Brady, Timothea Howard, Lucane Lafortune, Nicole Newman, C. Kimmi Ramnine, Brigette Rouson, Silvia Salazar, Jonathan Stith, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

Fall/Winter 2014 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 19 projects: 

America’s Islamic Heritage Museum: Preserving America’s Islamic legacy by collecting, archiving, and displaying artifacts and information about America’s rich Islamic history.

Art in Praxis Project: Cultivating deeper relationships between DC artists and DC social justice organizations through tailored residencies and community engagement projects; fostering new models of capacity building and local economic development through the arts.

Conjure! Freedom Collective: Creative healing justice workers with a vision to end America’s racial caste and form a new love politic.

Culture Works! Training Institute: Professional development and technical assistance that makes cultural competence “workable” for organizations serving ever-diverse communities.

Dreaming Out Loud: Funding for the Aya Youth Cooperative, a project that helps youth to become workforce ready, develop entrepreneurial and service skills through urban agriculture and the food system.

Empower DC: Funding for the Public Housing Organizing Fellowship, a paid apprenticeship opportunity for public housing residents to work as Community Organizing Assistants in at-risk communities, including their own.

Family and Friends of Incarcerated People: Fighting intergenerational incarceration by fostering community support that effectively meets the needs of today’s at-risk children and families of those incarcerated.

Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force: Funding for a community and economic development empowerment Saturday College designed to empower low/moderate income residents and other community members with the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to engage fully and effectively in the neighborhood development process in the Lower Georgia Avenue area.

Honey Groove: A featival that showcases the talent of performing and visual artists who are queer women of color, creating a new experience for music and arts enthusiasts in Greater Washington, DC.

International Capoeira Angola Foundation: An Afro-Brazilian cultural center whose mission is to preserve, cultivate and introduce the art and philosophy of Capoeira Angola as a mechanism for positive social change.

Parallel Film Collective: A collective dedicated to promoting global images that transcend limiting racial, cultural and gender identities found in mainstream media.

Project Healthy Living/The ManDate: Addressing and combating the myriad challenges black men face that negatively impact their health and well-being; improving sexual health outcomes and influencing healthy life choices for black gay men and their social and sexual networks.

Rebuild the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg (ACC) Community Village TimeBank: Using timebanking as a medium of exchange to marshal human capital to rebuild, reenergize and recreate community for returning residents and new residents after the demolition of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg (ACC) public housing complex in Southeast DC.

Sincere Seven: Support for WOOK-LP FM, a listener-supported, community, low-wattage radio station. Sponsored by Sincere Seven, an organization dedicated to advancing workers’ rights and social justice.

The Black People’s Movement: For the Potomac Gardens “Self-Sufficiency Program,” whose purpose is to teach low-income communities to operate through a communalism aspect and become self-sufficient.

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC: Working in coalition with other community organizations, churches, committed volunteers and activists to create better, more secure, more dignified working conditions for the day laborer and immigrant populations in Washington, DC.

Ward 4 Thrives: Fostering redevelopment along the Georgia Avenue Corridor that takes into account the interests and needs of the community, as well as the preservation of cultures and long-time businesses.

Ward 7 Education Council: Ensuring access to quality community-based public education for Ward 7 early childhood, pre-K–12th grade, and adult learners.

Words Beats & Life: For Remixing the Art of Social Change, an annual convening of organizations, artists, scholars and activists working through hip-hop.

Fall/Winter 2014 Grantmaking Team: Sheri Brady, Arturo Griffiths, Timothea Howard, Claudia Marquez, Brigette Rouson, Silvia Salazar, Alicia Sanchez Gill, Jonathan Stith, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

 

Spring/Summer 2014 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 28 projects:

Anacostia Yogi: Working to decrease the health disparities for Black women living east of the Anacostia River through health and wellness outreach programs.

Brave Soul Collective: An education, outreach, and support organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, HIV-positive (and -negative) individuals living their lives in truth through the arts.

Carver Terrace Tenants and Civic Association: Allowing youth and seniors to visually document and share the realities of living in Carver/Langston, via the Intergenerational Nutrition Education Program.

Casa Ruby: A multicultural, Trans* People of Color centered and led LGBT community support center, providing English and Spanish bilingual services, resources, and community building.

Crafting for Consciousness: A collective of black and brown women using shared skills and experiences to ensure that artists stay in the forefront of the social change movement by staying involved in the what affects their communities and discussing different topics at craft circles.

Creative Solutions for Social Justice and Empowerment: Creating video content that can be aired via DCTV and the internet that will build awareness of creative ways to raise funds for various projects, such as grants, loans, crowdfunding, and community benefits agreements.

Darfur Women Action Group: Working with victims and survivors of the genocide in Darfur, both in Sudan and the diaspora in the US, by providing them with access to tools that will enable them to lead the effort to foster sustainable social change in their communities.

DC Poetry Project: Using the platform of poetry and spoken word to melt the margins, giving voice to the marginalized in order to address issues of oppression, sexism, dispossession, discrimination, and other issues relevant to people.

DiCcion Queer: A collective of Latino queer poets, writers and authors that promotes DC Latino writings and supports the works of local authors by providing a space for creative expression and collective work, holding literary events, exploring participants’ writings and, above all, validating their contributions.

FRESHH Inc.: A burgeoning community based organization of Black women that uses hip-hop focused cultural analysis, intergenerational mentoring, and structured relationship building activities to reveal and resolve social adversities and advocate for policies that support, protect, and advance Black women and girls.

Grassroots DC: Providing basic computer skills and media production training to low-income and working-class residents of DC and those who advocate on their behalf, and providing media coverage of issues that impact the underserved communities of the District of Columbia.

I SAW! DC: Through youth-led research programs, developing the potential and talent of urban teens so that they may overcome a background of historical social, economic and academic challenges with solid evidence to measure their success.

International Capoeira Angola Foundation: An Afro-Brazilian cultural center whose mission is to preserve, cultivate and introduce the art and philosophy of Capoeira Angola as a mechanism for social change.

M.O.M.I.E.’s TLC: For the Youth Ambassadors Initiative, which supports a core group of M.O.M.I.E’s long-time youth and offers rigorous educational advocacy and support, jobs training, volunteer opportunities, and leadership development while continuing to ground them in M.O.M.I.E’s humanities model.

Mamatoto Village: Empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives.

Many Languages One Voice: Supporting the Student Multiethnic Action Research Team (SMART), a youth-led decision-making body composed of immigrant English Language Learner students and their families that organizes for equitable, quality education in DC.

Maracuyeah: A cultural project that aims to create a vibrant cultural space with intentionality, where people feel welcome to discover new sounds from Latin America and the Caribbean.

National Black United Front: Supporting the Sankofa Community Affairs television show and two independent film festivals.

ONE DC: Organizing longtime, low- to moderate-income families of color to exercise their political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in the District of Columbia.

People for Fairness Coalition: An organization made up of homeless and formerly homeless people, concerned citizens, and organizations working to end homelessness in D.C.

Sadiki Educational Safari: Strengthening the Diaspora one child at a time through exposure to African culture.

Science on the GO!: A hands-on science program, designed to inspire a new generation of African-American scientists, where seniors and children work together to feed their neighbors in the area, as well as gain a better understanding of food and gardening.

Stand Up for Democracy in DC: A grassroots organization, founded to address the lack of self-government of the residents of Washington, DC, which has focused on local and national educational outreach with the goal of making the connection between DC Statehood and improving the everyday lives of DC residents through realizing all the benefits and rights which statehood would make possible.

Urban Housing Alliance: A community-based organization that implements a range of empowerment, educational, and advocacy services and programs to fight displacement of low- and moderate-income residents, improve their quality of life, and foster economic development that uplifts the community and its constituents.

Ward 8 Farmers’ Market: To support the work of local residents in distributing and administering the benefits (e.g., Bonus Bucks, WIC) that offer customers of limited income the opportunity to eat healthily in a more affordable manner.

Washington Jazz Arts Institute: To advance jazz education through a tiered mentoring system for young musicians between the ages of 12 and 21, in which older, experienced musicians mentor college-aged jazz musicians, college
students mentor high school students, and high school students mentor middle school and elementary school students.

Wise Young Builders: To create social awareness in youth through an project-based math and construction program where work ethic, morals, math, and skill building are respected and utilized to address social problems.

You-Nique Services, Inc.: Providing a media platform for underserved communities to raise awareness of issues and concerns, and exercise their freedom of speech through the production of short online videos.

Spring/Summer 2014 Grantmaking Team: Timothea Howard, Sylvia Robinson, Alicia Sanchez Gill, Brigette Rouson, Ayize Sabater, Jessica Solomon, Jonathan Stith, Jabari Zakiya; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

Fall/Winter 2013 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 19 projects:

Sadiki Education: Strengthening the Diaspora one child at a time through exposure to African culture.

Three Part Harmony Farm: Local food production with the goal of distributing the produce as close as possible to the source. Will invest in infrastructure that will be used for two projects: heirloom seed saving and complete nutrition farming.

Premier CDC Farmer’s Market: Teaching young people how to start a business and establish retail stores on Rhode Island Avenue. Funds will support the creation of the young peoples’ entrepreneurial project at the PCDC Edgewood Farmer’s Market.

Curated Community Walking Tours: Columbia Heights: 1) a contemporary Washington, DC history course dedicated to inspiring a broad understanding of our city, its many peoples, and current demographic shifts and 2) a youth-led series of curated community highlights tours with the launch of ‘A Curated Community Story: Columbia Heights,’ a youth-written anthology of ethnographic findings and artistic expressions.

DreamActivist DC: A multicultural immigrant youth group based in Washington, DC committed to building pro-migrant spaces, enacting pro-migrant legislation, and creating tangible social change for immigrant communities. Funds will support the work to stop deportations and to support a campaign for voting rights for legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrants.

Livity Drink Company: A holistic health and wellness social enterprise dedicated to offering food products and services that honor and enhance the vibrant vitality that we believe is each individual’s birthright. Funding will support the Living in Vitality Together Day wellness program.

National Black United Front: A coalition made up of individuals and organizations working together for the benefit of all people of African descent. Funds support the African Centered Education Project.

Mamatoto Village, Inc.: Devoted to empowering women under the age of 25 with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives. Funds will support the Community Doula Program scheduled to begin in November 2013.

FRESHH Inc: A burgeoning community based organization of Black women that uses hip-hop focused cultural analysis, intergenerational mentoring, and structured relationship building activities to reveal and resolve social adversities and advocate for policies that support, protect, and advance Black women and girls. Funds will support the pilot of “Griot Girls” creative writing program.

Grassroots DC / Potomac Gardens Youth Radio Production Training Program: Works to provide media production training to low-income and working-class residents of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and those who advocate on their behalf; and also to provide media coverage of issues that impact the underserved communities of the District of Columbia.

Creative Changes for Social Justice and Empowerment: A DC based TV Talk Show which will be 10 episodes dealing with social justice and empowerment issues, in collaboration with past and current DCF grantees.

International Capoeira Angola Foundation: Bringing the art form of Capoeira Angola to the Washington DC community as a vehicle of social change. Funding will support adult, youth and children’s capoeira classes, maintaining the Capoeira Angola Library Archives, and hosting a lectures series on empowerment and resistance to oppression open to the DC community.

Wanda Alston House: Ensuring LGBTQ youth have access to services that improves their overall quality of life.

Appeal, Inc.: Facilitating economic empowerment and educational enrichment focused on people of African descent, to produce strong, self-sufficient and prosperous communities.

DC Latin@ Queer Bilingual Writing Group: Supporting the work of local Latin@ queer authors by holding literary events that challenge their creativity, explore their writings and, above all, validate their contributions.

Stand Up! For Democracy in DC – Free DC: Committed to help achieve full citizenship rights for DC residents through DC Statehood. Funding will support 1) a stipend for an already dedicated volunteer to help build a database of volunteers and contacts; and 2) a brochure that would answer the question: “DC Statehood – What Will It Do For Me?” presenting facts about how DC Statehood would improve the civic life, economy, justice and other practical conditions of the everyday lives of DC residents.

Nature’s Friends: Training environmental stewards in ecosystem health and cooperative business acumen.

Carver Terrace Tenants and Civic Association Community Photography Project: Allowing youth and seniors to visually document and share the realities of living in Carver/Langston.

ONE DC: Exercising political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District. Funds will support organizing with residents of Lincoln Westmoreland II (LW-II).

Fall/Winter 2013 Grantmaking Team: Zachari Curtis, Timothea Howard, Janel Quarless, Sylvia Robinson, Brigette Rouson, alicia sanchez gill, Jonathan Stith, Amrita Wassan; Facilitator: Iris Jacob

Spring/Summer 2013 grantees

$50,000 in grants to 18 projects:

11th Annual DC Poetry Festival: a presentation of poetry and music in a free public venue with the objective to continue to provide a foundation for the next emerging generation of social change artists by providing public, professional venues for their performances.

Anacostia Yogi Health Ambassador Program: a health and wellness outreach program dedicated to decreasing the health disparities for Black women living east of the Anacostia River through peer education.

Black Mens Xchange DC: a human rights, educational, anti-oppression and advocacy organization, dedicated to the prevention of health threats to same gender-loving (SGL), gay-identifying, non-gay identifying and bisexual men of African descent while dismantling barriers to the well-being; dignity; self-respect, and protection.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces: a grassroots organization that works to empower DC-area residents to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.

Coloring DC: a collective oral history and multimedia documentation that highlights black-owned businesses in the District of Columbia.

Crafting for Consciousness: a collective of black and brown women using shared skills and experiences to ensure that artists stay in the forefront of the social change movement by staying involved in the what affects their communities and discussing different topics at craft circles.

Cultivating Intergenerational Leaders: a summer inter-generational program that will create a more sustainable food system in DC by empowering youth to work toward environmental sustainability, linking food justice and community-building.

DC Interpreter Collective: an all-volunteer group of interpreters and translators of several different languages who are committed to language justice and to using their interpretation and translation skills to support local community organizing and social justice groups.

DC Poetry Project: a diverse membership whose current social change project is designed to raise awareness and reduce the stigma and shame associated with mental illness.

DMV Trans Circulator: a newsletter by and for transgender individuals incarcerated in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area, seeking to create a world in which all of us are free from imprisonment, police violence, racism, and poverty.

Empower DC Public Housing Campaign: a citywide, membership based community organization whose current affordable housing work is preserving and improving public housing and preventing the displacement of public housing residents in at-risk properties, that are proposed to be “redeveloped.” This grant will support work in the Barry Farm community, through the Barry Farm Maintenance Task Force.

Science on the Go! – Fort Stanton Community Learning Garden: a project where seniors and children work together to feed their neighbors in the area, as well as gain a better understanding of food and why people need to eat more green vegetables.

HD Cooke Elementary School Parent & Teachers Association (Cooke PTA): a project to greatly increase the inventory of the school’s library, in both English and Spanish language offerings.

I SAW! DC: an interactive newsletter, produced by DC teens using multimedia to highlight their field research and historical findings during I SAW! DC’s upcoming 2013 summer youth led research project, “A History Beneath Us-Remembering Sacred Ground Across The River Creek.”

Maracuyeah: a cultural project that aims to create a vibrant cultural space with intentionality, where people feel welcome to discover new sounds from Latin America and the Caribbean.

People for Fairness Coalition: an organization that consists of currently homeless and formerly homeless individuals who continue to empower others to end homelessness in the Washington Metro Area, through a series of dialogues and discussions pertaining to advocacy, outreach, and peer mentoring.

Raising Expectations, Inc. – Green the Block: a youth environmental sculpture project that engages young people in their communities by organizing them in neighborhood clean-up activities and designing large mosaic sculpture figures.

Ward 8 Farmers’ Market Cooperative – Double Bucks Program: providing matching dollars to all customers who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefits Transfer (SNAP/EBT), WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) at the market.

Spring/Summer 2013 Grantmaking Team: alicia sanchez gill, Timothea Howard, Janel Quarless, Sylvia Robinson, Jessica Solomon, Jonathan Stith, Amrita Wassan, Jabari Zakiya

Fall/Winter 2012 grantees

$45,000 grants to 17 projects:

Adams Garden Towers Rooftop Garden: A green, healing, health/nutrition education space that provides empowerment in efforts of self-sufficiency.

Angels of Hope/Mothers Against Violence Project: A grassroots effort of Mothers who are ready to take back the community from the gangs and other illegal traffic through a series of awareness and strategic planning forums to mobilize events and actions.

Brave Soul Collective: An education, outreach, and support organization for gay / bisexual / transgender / questioning / HIV-positive and -negative individuals living their lives in truth through the arts/life skills, mentoring and education programs.

Carver Terrance Tenants & Civic Association: Dedicated to breaking isolation and building community through supporting vulnerable youth and senior citizens with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Charis Youth Initiative: To cover the pertinent issues of the current youth social paradigm through our weekly television program, events and seminars

DC Trans Coalition: For a survey-based, community-produced needs assessment for trans populations living in the District of Columbia.

Emergence Community Arts Collective: ECAC is a model for a true community center – not one imposed on a community, but one built by the community. Our activities are designed to rebuild social networks, empower people and organize around a common vision. Project funds will go towards capital expenses to repair the building following extreme weather.

Healthy Affordable Food for All: Building a nourishing community in which all people can enjoy food that is healing and culturally appropriate.

International Capoeira Angola Foundation: Offer a children’s Capoeira Angola class to the community.

National Homecomers Academy: Increasing opportunities for the successful integration of returning citizens to their communities.

Parents of Color and Kids Excelling Together (POCKET): To develop a diverse, accepting and enriching social circle for children while we increase collective community awareness and contribution among families with children of color.

Premier CDC Farmer’s Market: Teach young people how to start a business, continue to work with these same young people to establish retail stores on Rhode Island Avenue.

Salvadorans for Civic Action: Our mission is to build the civic capacity of the Salvadoran community in Washington, DC to influence politics and policy at multiple levels.

Many Languages One Voice: The Summer Institute for Student Organizing is a project of the Student Multiethnic Action Research Team (SMART) to train immigrant, English Language Learner (ELL) high school students to be youth organizers in their respective D.C. public high schools.

Tyunin’s Breakthrough: To empower, motivate and expand resources and opportunities for young single mothers.

Winter Tournament of Games: An event that provides the unique opportunity for diverse persons within our gentrified community in Columbia Heights to congregate in a wholesome and recreational environment.

Working in the Spirit of Excellence, Inc.: A life-planning curriculum for youth incorporating activities like Black history tours and training in conflict management, teambuilding and public speaking skills.

Fall/Winter 2012 Grantmaking Team: Zachari Curtis, alicia sanchez gill, Reginald Grant, Timothea Howard, Janel Quarless, Sylvia Robinson, Jessica Solomon, Jabari Zakiya

Spring/Summer 2012 grantees

$45,000 in grants to 22 projects: 

Sadiki Educational Safari: Safari “Club Africa” project to elevate, celebrate and empower young people through the art and culture of Africa

Washington Jazz Arts Institute: Nurtures young musicians by supporting their efforts to create music and to enter into music related careers.

Three Part Harmony Farm: Local food production with the goal of distributing the produce as close as possible to the source

The Green Scheme: Educates people of diverse cultural backgrounds about their role in the environmental movement

Uplift Inc.: Youth APPLab that teaches elementary, middle, and high school students how to make mobile (Android) apps

Urban Housing Alliance: Fights displacement of low and moderate income residents, improve their quality of life, and to foster economic development

Darfur Women Action: Empowerment of the Darfuri women survivors of the current genocide to enable them to regain their confidence and to overcome the challenges of the 21st century

Black Luv Festival: Support the National Black L.U.V. (Love Unity Vision) Festival that will be held September 20, 2012

Affordable Housing DC: A robust community engagement housing rights awareness campaign based around the compelling story of the Norwood community

Kids and Culture Camp: Four weeks of summer programming in an effort to introduce children to international affairs at an early age

Washington Jazz Arts Institute: Jazz as a model for democratic participation

All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project: Work in Barry Farms (Southeast DC) that includes a community center, Saturday school program, after-school literacy and homework help, a vocational program and community gardening

COOP Incubator DC: Builds economic power by creating cooperative work environments where people feel cherished, challenged and fulfilled

DC Food Justice: Creating a youth-driven media campaign to bring awareness and action to the lack of nutritional services and high rate of junk food access in Wards 7 and 8

GED Awareness Campaign: Building awareness towards changes to the GED test

I Dream A World: Enabling youth to envision their preferred world and begin to talk about how they can actively pursue the development of that world or life for themselves.

WE ACT Radio: Formation of a community garden to foster respect and apprectiation for the environment

We Empower I Saw: Middle school students research an African American burial ground’s community members whose lives shaped civil war and pre-civil war existence

Ivy City Civic Association: Providing the community of Ivy City with information regarding advancement in education, neighborhood redevelopment, entrepreneurial and trade opportunities, and engagement in community projects

Childrens Art and Literacy Program: Students create their own books that include their cultural history

Casa Ruby: Drop in Center and support for Latina LGBT immigrants

Undoing Racism: Bringing a 2 ½ day workshop facilitated by The People’s Institute on “Undoing Racism and Community Organizing” to Washington DC

Build A Community Park: Empowers the Latino immigrant community in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood to work together on a community park that will improve the quality of life

Spring/Summer 2012 Grantmaking Team: Tiffany L. Berry, Zachari Curtis, Reginald Grant, Nigel D. Greaves, Dominic Moulden, Sylvia Robinson, Jessica Solomon, Michele Tingling-Clemmons

Fall/Winter 2011 grantees

$45,000 in grants to 23 projects:

Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Day, Inc.: Funding to host a People of Color LGBT Summit in Washington, DC in 2012.

Common Good City Farm: Supporting the “Build A Garden” project to bring youth from the Kelly Miller Apartments and the LeDroit Park community together to construct and manage raised garden beds at the Kelly Miller Apartment complex.

Courtney’s House: Providing a safe space and loving environment for domestic sex trafficked girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 18 years, through support for Street Outreach and Hotline programs.

DC Teach for Justice: Creating self help workshops, skills training, advocacy and support for elder teachers of color disenfranchised and displaced by the DC public school system.

DC Trans Coalition: Support for transgender people of color in conducting a needs assessment for trans populations living in the District of Columbia.

DC Youth Power Network: Leadership training for a new generation of leaders to aggressively fight for change in DC, including citywide actions focusing on youth homelessness.

Different Avenues: Providing a space safe for girls, women and transgender people of color to organize and develop transformative solutions for healing and surviving.

Ecolocity DC: Implementation of a Forest Garden Project to increase local food production for underserved populations and explore the opportunities that urban spaces can offer to provide food, natural habitat, beauty, and learning for the community.

Empower DC/Grassroots Media Project: Funding for the Grassroots Media Project to train low and moderate-income DC residents and those who advocate on their behalf in radio and video production.

Family and Friends of Incarcerated People: Working with DC area children of the incarcerated to stem the crib-to-prison pipeline by aiding and assisting the younger generations, as well as creating parent/child harmonies.

Madison Terrace Cooperative: Converting a vacant storefront into a community space for a computer lab, language classes, meeting and event space as part of a new Center for Cooperative Learning and Culture.

Marbury Plaza Concerned Tenants Association: Providing training, resources, materials, collaboration and genuine human level support necessary to organize proactively for tenants rights, while fostering an environment where Marbury Plaza tenants determine, defend, and sustain their own community.

Mentors of Minorities in Education’s Total Learning Cis-tem (MOMIES TLC): Support for the Youth Ambassador program engaging youth ages 12-16 in environmental entrepreneurship and organizing.

Norwood Tenants Cooperative: Purchase of simultaneous interpretation equipment to facilitate communication in three languages during tenant board meetings, general building meetings, and other presentations.

Oak Hill Tenants Association (OHTA Inc.): Funding for a tenant outreach program focused on children in the Oak Hill Complex, 80 percent of whom come from homeless shelters and/or transitional housing.

ONE DC: Engaging in a new tenant/resident led fight for affordable housing in DC that mobilizes allies and supporters in a fight for equity development that is inclusive of diverse neighborhoods by income and race.

People Who Care Project/Wise Young Builders: Supporting “Wise Young Builders”, a math and construction program for youth ages 8-12 years of age living in Wards 7 and 8.

Premier Community Development Corporation: Training young people from the Edgewood community to ultimately take over the newly developed Edgewood Farmers Market for seniors and low-income residents.

Science on the GO/Fort Stanton Park and Garden: Bringing seniors, adults and young people together to teach the importance of the environment through building, caring for and harvesting crops from a raised bed garden at Fort Stanton Park.

Shelter, Housing And Respectful Change (SHARC): Supporting the homeless and their housed allies to organize politically and become active members of the National Right-To-Housing movement.

Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition/Free DC: Supporting the launch of the “Free DC Freedom School” in order to educate DC residents about how the lack of statehood affects their everyday lives, how it could be achieved, and how it would impact the city.

Tyunin’s Breakthrough: Supporting the “I Am More Than a Baby Mama, I Am Love, Power, Strength and Respect” project, created to empower, motivate and expand resources and opportunities for young single mothers.

You-Nique Services: Providing a media platform for underserved communities to raise awareness of issues and concerns, and exercise their freedom of speech through the production of short online videos.

Fall/Winter 2011 Grantmaking Team: Nigel D. Greaves, Arturo Griffiths, Karina Hurtado-Ocampo, Norberto Martinez, Johonna McCants, Dominic Moulden, Sylvia Robinson, Michele Tingling-Clemmons, Isaiah Toney