By Southwester Staff

Southwest Community Foundation announces a special grant opportunity that opens October 1, 2022. The Foundation expects to make awards up to $10,000 each, for innovative projects which enhance the lives of people living in Near Southwest DC (ZIP code 20024). The grant funds have been made possible by a community-benefits agreement negotiated by ANC6D.

Established in 2015, The Southwest Community Foundation 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.

The Southwest Community Foundation 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. Awards will be announced and distributed in early 2023.

The Southwest Community Foundation will hold an information meeting via Zoom on September 13th at 1:00-2:00pm. To be added to the invite list, please contact the Foundation at SWCFDC@ with your contact information.

For further information, stay in touch with Southwest Community Foundation | Improving Life in Southwest DC (

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