Apply for a Grant!

The 2018 grant application was released on August 15th and is due on October 1st. Please help us spread the word!


Application for Diverse City Fund grant, fall 2018

Budget template (you may also use your own template)

TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION: Please email the application and a budget to us at by 11:59 PM, October 1, 2018.

What happens next? Our Grantmaking Team will review applications over the weekend of October 19-21. We plan to let folks know of our decisions by early November.

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. Further, in order to ensure that past grantees are not negatively affected, grantees in this round will be eligible to re-apply in the first cycle of 2019.

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:

Thursday, August 30, 6:00 PM
Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE

Tuesday September 4, 6:00 pm
Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 7th Street NW

Wednesday September 12, 6:00 pm
Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street SE

Thursday September 13, 6:00 PM
Mt Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW
(Information and support available in Spanish!)

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!