Community Grants

The next deadline for Community Grants is February 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

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 Winter-Spring 2019 grant cycle opens on January 2, 2019 at 10:00 am and closes on February 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

GRANT GUIDANCE

Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and review the appropriate grant guidance before submitting an application online:

Small Grant – Guidance (For grants up to $5,000)

Small Grant – Budget Template (Word)

Small Grant – Budget Template (Excel)

Medium & Large Grant – Guidance (For grants from $5,001 to $100,000)

HOW TO APPLY

All grant applications must be submitted electronically through SBGP’s web portal. (Paper based or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.) Direct links to online grant applications will be posted here on January 2, 2019, beginning at 10:00 am. Until then, consult the grant guidance for sample applications and other information.

NEED HELP?

For general questions, please contact our Community Grants Director, Acacia Asbell. Small grant applicants, please contact our Technical Support Officer, Amy Bernstein.

Check out our upcoming Pre-Proposal Workshops—all free and open to the public.