The Southwest Community Foundation (SWCF) announces a special grant opportunity that opens October 1, 2021. The foundation expects to award up to seven grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 for innovative projects that enhance the lives of people living in Near Southwest DC. The grant funds have been made possible by a community-benefits agreement negotiated between ANC6D and Douglas Development.  

Established in 2015, SWCF fosters ways to strengthen the volunteer and not-for-profit sectors of the Near Southwest community. Serving as a formal, impartial, nonpartisan vehicle, it directs philanthropic monies where they are most needed and best deployed. The foundation accepts funds and donations intended for the benefit of residents of Near Southwest, defined as the area bounded by 14th Street SW, Independence Avenue, South Capitol Street, and the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. This area includes residents of all ages, races, and incomes, in public housing, market-rate rental units, and single-family homes. 

SWCF welcomes grant applications for programs, operations, and projects from nonprofit organizations that are based in Southwest or primarily serve Southwest residents. The foundation will publish application guidelines on its website by October 1. The deadline for submission will be December 1, 2021. Awards will be announced and distributed in early 2022.   

For further information, stay in touch with Southwest Community Foundation | Improving Life in Southwest DC (sw-community-foundation.org).

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