Community Grants

The next deadline for Community Grants is August 31, 2018.

Apply

In order to be eligible to apply, your project must serve or otherwise benefit the residents, businesses, institutions or organizations of the District. Click here for a list of the neighborhoods where we work. All grants fall into one of three categories:

Small

Up to $5,000

Medium

Up to $50,000

Large

Up to $100,000

The project must serve or otherwise benefit the residents, businesses, institutions, or organizations of the District. Individual residents and businesses may not apply, and you can't use funds for your own personal benefit. But any non-profit organization, faith-based organization, community group, PTO, or government agency can apply. For our small grants, this even includes unincorporated community organizations, or groups of active community residents, so long as you can find a fiscal sponsor to help.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The following charts help organize what groups may qualify for what grants.

Small (Up to $5,000)

  • Non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Mission-based organization (e.g. a neighborhood association) without 501(c)(3) tax exempt status but with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Faith-based organization.
  • School or government agency.
  • Unincorporated community organization or group of active community residents (with a fiscal sponsor).

Medium (Up to $50,000) and Large (Up to $100,000)

  • Non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Mission-based organization (e.g. a neighborhood association) without 501(c)(3) tax exempt status but with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Faith-based organization.
  • School or government agency.

How are Applications Evaluated?

To ensure fairness, applications are scored by a committee of volunteers, most of whom live or work in the District, using pre-established criteria to evaluate applications.

Small: Baseline Criteria

Quality of the plan and timeline.

Realistic budget.

Applicant is capable of accomplishing the project.

Quality of partnerships.

Quality of outcomes.

Medium: Additional Criteria

Quality of implementation methods.

Alignment with the Strategic Plan criteria and priority funding areas.

Large: Additional Criteria

Additional funding leveraged.

Sustainability of the project: does it build capacity of create a durable capital project?

How to Apply

The Summer 2018 grant cycle opened July 9, 2018 and closes at 5:00 pm on August 31, 2018.

All grant applications (for small, medium and large grants) must be submitted electronically through SBGP’s Submittable web portal. Please open and begin your online application in Submittable as early as possible. (Paper based or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.)

Grant guidance and a copy of the grant application are available here for download to help you prepare to submit your application online:

Small grant guidance and application form

Medium grant guidance and application form

Large grant guidance and application form

Technical assistance is available for any grant applicant who requests it by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 24. For general questions, please contact our Community Grants Director, David Minges. Small grant applicants, please contact our Technical Support Officer, Amy Bernstein.

We are also offering a FREE Grant Writing Workshop on July 9! This workshop is specifically for small grant applicants seeking up to $5,000. See our calendar for more information and RSVP to Amy Bernstein.