Apply for a Grant!

The spring 2019 grant application was released on March 4th and is due on April 5th. Please help us spread the word!


This year, we are collecting applications through google forms. Please note that there are 2 different applications – one for an organization, and one for a coalition or alliance. Please enter your answers directly into the form.

In order to preview the questions before entering them, you can download a pdf or Word document. If you are unable to complete the application using google forms, please complete the Word document and email it with the budget to 

Project / organization Application for Diverse City Fund Grant (spring 2019) 
PDF version or Word version (this version for previewing the application, please enter your responses through google forms, if possible). 

Coalition / alliance Application for a Diverse City Fund Grant (spring 2019).
PDF version or Word version (this version is only for previewing the application, please enter your responses through google forms, if possible). 

Budget template (you may also use your own template)

DEADLINE: Please email the application and a budget through google forms by 11:59 PM, April 5, 2019.

Any questions or issues: 

What happens next? Our Grantmaking Team will review applications in early May. We plan to let folks know of our decisions by mid-May.

Funding Priorities

The Board of Instigators has completed a the planning portion of our strategic planning process and is now beginning to implement the plan. In this grant round, our focus will remain:

  • Groups that might not get funded by traditional funders, e.g. groups that are small, new volunteer-led, politically radical or activist initiatives, etc.
  • Coalitions / alliances
  • Mobilizations for protests and resistance
  • Organizing and advocacy, and
  • Healing, mental health and cultural liberation work that brings people of color together and prepares people to resist.

What to know about applying for a grant

Given that the Fund did not hold a spring 2018 grant round, due to strategic planning, we are increasing the total amount of funds that will be granted. All past grantees are eligible to apply for funding in this grant round (including organizations that received funding in fall 2018). 

Please see our updated Grantmaking Guidelines for information about who we are, what we fund, our grantmaking process, and what we mean by social justice.

For more information please attend one of our information sessions:

Wednesday, March 20th, 6:30 PM
Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, WDC, 20020

Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30 PM
Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave NE, WDC, 20011
(Information and support available in Spanish!)

Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:30 PM
Shaw Community Center, 1701 11th Street NW

RSVP to or call 202-709-7038 to attend an info session.

Would you like information in Spanish? ¿Quiere información en español? Visit our Spanish-language information page. Visita nuestra página de información en español.

Other questions? Please check out our FAQs! If your question isn’t answered in the FAQ, contact us!