Community Grants

Investing in the DC Nonprofit Community

The District is our home, too, and with venues and facilities throughout the city, Events DC is dedicated to supporting the local non-profit community. 

To us, being a good neighbor and an active and engaged member of the community means finding ways to give back and lending our support to those on the front lines that positively impact our city.

Learn more about our community grant program and other community initiatives and opportunities below to find out how we’re making sure Washington, DC stays the best place to live, work and play.

As an active and engaged community member, Events DC is proud to continue to support the future of non-profit organizations in Washington, DC that promote youth participation in both the arts and athletics. 

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, Events DC is pleased to provide funding for the program of $500,000 during two grant cycles ($250,000 in the first cycle and $250,000 in the second cycle). The grant program provides financial support to qualifying non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children through sports, performing arts or cultural arts in the District of Columbia.

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Events DC Community Grant Program

Grant applications timeline: 
Applications for the second Fiscal Year 2022 semi-annual grant cycle will be due no later than August 1, 2021.   
Events DC FY2022 Community Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Events DC FY 2022 Community Grant Application (PDF)
Events DC FY 2022 Community Grant Checklist (PDF) 

Eligibility:
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered:

  • Be a DC-based non-profit organization certified as tax exempt in accordance with criteria set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code and granted an exemption from District of Columbia income and franchise taxes, pursuant to DC Code § 47-1802.01; 
  • Utilize grant funding for programs or projects that support youth-focused sports, performing or cultural arts in the District of Columbia;
  • Present a copy of an annual financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant for the organization’s most recent fiscal year; or if the organization has not conducted an annual financial audit, a copy of the organization’s IRS Form 990 for the most recent tax year; and
  • A copy of an active business license issued by the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) – Corporations Division (indicating an “active” business license at the time of application and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period).

Cycle 1 of FY2022 Events DC Community Grant Informational Session

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  • Session 1: Thursday, June 24th 12:00PM
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 24th 6:00PM
  • Session 3: Thursday, July 1st 12:00PM
  • Session 4: Thursday, July 1st 6:00PM
  • Session 5: Thursday, July 8th 12:00PM
  • Session 6: Thursday, July 8th 6:00PM
  • Session 7: Thursday, July 15th 12:00PM
  • Session 8: Thursday, July 15th 6:00PM
  • Session 9: Thursday, July 22nd 12:00PM
  • Session 10: Thursday, July 22nd 6:00PM

Meet Our Past Community Grant Awardees

FY21 - Cycle 2 Winners

D.C. Creative Writing Workshop

The D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, based in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast D.C., unites parents, teachers and students to create a literary renaissance in this often ignored part of the city.

Since 1995, when Charles Hart Junior High became the first school in Washington to have an extra-curricular creative writing program, the Workshop’s writers-in-residence have introduced thousands of students to the joys of self-expression and the written word, opening for them a world of opportunity that exists outside of the historically neglected area in which they live.

While continuing to serve Hart, now a middle school, the Workshop expanded its programs in 2004 to neighboring Ballou High School and Simon Elementary. Students from these schools and nearby charter schools have attended readings, plays and other literary events, won hundreds of writing awards, and enjoyed a wealth of new experiences not otherwise available to young people in Ward 8.

Learn more about the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop.

DC SCORES

DC SCORES creates neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.

Lean more about DC SCORES.

DC Strings Workshop

DC Strings Workshop is a dynamic and versatile chamber orchestra composed of musicians committed to presenting high-level concerts to diverse audiences. 

Learn more about DC Strings Workshop.

D.O.L.L.S & DREAMS INC.

Daughters Overcoming Life's Lessons (D.O.L.L.S) & DREAMS INC is a 501(c)(3) that delivers quality life skills and educational support to girls and young women whose life's experiences has prevented them from reaching their full potential by achieving set goals for themselves.

Learn more about D.O.L.L.S. & DREAMS INC.

 

Dreaming Out Loud

DOL is rebuilding urban, community-based food systems through cooperative social enterprise: increasing access to healthy food, improving community health, supporting entrepreneurs and cooperatives from low-income communities; and creating opportunities for at-risk residents to earn sustainable, family-supporting wages and build wealth. We believe that all communities deserve equal access to fresh, healthy food choices, but that achieving this requires moving beyond the “access” paradigm to a focus on community self-determination and food sovereignty. We are working to create an integrated pipeline to jobs, economic opportunity, and community wealth-building for our most marginalized communities, utilizing the food system as the catalyst.

Learn more about Dreaming Out Loud.

East of the River Steelband

East Of The River Boys & Girls Steel band is a music training, performing and touring program for youth 12 to 18 living east of DC's Anacostia River.

Learn more about the East of the River Steelband.

Horton's Kids

Horton’s Kids empowers children growing up in DC’s most under-resourced communities so that they graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. We serve 500 children in grades K-12 living in Wellington Park & Stanton Oaks – neighborhoods that have been profoundly impacted by decades of disinvestment and barriers to opportunity.

Learn more about Horton's Kids.

National Capital Fencers Club

The National Capital Fencers Club is one of two Fencing Clubs located in Washington, D.C. and the only non-profit fencing club. This small, independent fencing club serves the Washington metropolitan area (DC / MD / VA), and specializes in saber fencing. 

Learn more about the National Capital Fencers Club.

Nomis Youth Network

Sports based intervention services to inner city youth as an alternative to crime and gang activity. 

 

 

Peace thru Culture

Peace thru Culture provides cultural enrichment programs for children and youth in under-resourced communities.

Learn more about Peace thru Culture.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) Education Foundation

Educated Eats is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restaurant & foodservice industry as a career of unlimited opportunity!

Learn more about the RAMW Education Foundation.

Teens Run DC

Teens Run DC Empowers Youth to envision and work toward the achievement of personal goals through a distance running, mentoring, and social emotional learning program.

Learn more about Teens Run DC.

Dance Institute of Washington

Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is the leading minority-led, pre-professional dance equity organization in Washington, DC. DIW supports students from underserved communities, balancing artistic excellence at the highest level while building life-long skills and confidence through compassion, empowerment, academic discipline, emotional support and nutritional guidance. Through our innovative DIW Barnes Method, the industry’s proven model, our efforts impact and inspire racial and economic equity in dance locally, nationally and across the globe.

Learn more about the Dance Institute of Washington.

The Theatre Lab

The Theatre Lab is DC’s largest and most comprehensive independent institution for dramatic arts training. We offer classes for all ages and levels of experience in a wide range of styles, including drama, comedy, musical theatre and film.

Learn more about The Theatre Lab.

The TraRon Center

Helping those affected by gun violence heal through the arts.

Learn more about The TraRon Center.

Visionaries of Creative Arts, Inc.

Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC presenting the talents of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing artists through various forms of creative arts.

Learn more about VOCA.

FY21 - Cycle 1 Winners

Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR)

Established in 1997 to build and manage the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, familiarly known as THEARC, BBAR’s importance to the revitalization of southeast DC cannot be overstated. Today, the campus houses over a dozen nonprofits in the arts, education, health, recreation, and workforce development fields, and BBAR manages two theaters, a farm, a technical theater program, and more. It is the engine behind it all, providing nonprofit partners with space, marketing, and management free of charge, and leading projects like the Skyland Workforce Center and the 11th Street Bridge Park, a new outdoor venue designed to generate economic opportunity for the surrounding communities. It’s all about making collaboration a force multiplier – addressing multiple disparities, creating better outcomes for the people THEARC serves, and equipping the residents of Wards 7 and 8 not only to survive, but to thrive.

DC Youth Orchestra Program

The mission of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) is “music for young people; achievement for life.” Our goals are to 1.) Provide quality music instruction and performance opportunities for young people across the DC metropolitan area’s full diversity, 2.) Develop a Youth Orchestra capable of competing successfully at the national and international levels, and 3.) Instill in our students the discipline and focus necessary to succeed academically as well as musically.

FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center

The Center’s primary focus is on Youth Development with a strong emphasis on Health and Wellness on a multi-generational level–they are truly “Rebuilding the Village”. The programs and activities are free of charge and available to the residents of the Deanwood community.

The Fishing School

The mission of The Fishing School is to prepare elementary and middle school students for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills; and engaging them and their parents in intensive, multi-year, and research-based out of school time and parent engagement programs and activities.

The Nicholson Project

A former single-family row house has been restored as a safe, equitable residency for artists and the community: The Nicholson Project is an artist residency program coupled with a neighborhood garden that works to support artists and serves as a creative and innovative cultural hub. We aim to become a community anchor that celebrates the community’s authentic identity while infusing new vibrancy into Southeast DC. Ultimately, we will harness the power of creative placemaking to strengthen the existing social fabric. Our vision is to inspire others to use non-traditional arts-based, community-centered, entrepreneurial projects as a pathway toward stronger, more vibrant communities.

Open Goal Project

The Mission of the Open Goal Project is to create opportunities for young players from low-income families and underserved communities to access high-level soccer and grow with the game, on and off the field, to provide resources that empower those players and families to navigate the costs and overcome hidden barriers associated with playing, and to use soccer as a vehicle for cultural enrichment, higher educational opportunities, and greater life experiences.

SITAR Arts Center

Our mission is to offer possibilities that transform the lives of children and teens born into a world of unequal access to opportunity.

We engage children and teens in the highest quality visual, performing and digital arts. We teach the arts so that our students learn about themselves and gain critical life skills. We create community for students and their families. And we are an untiring voice on their behalf.

Smart Activities for Fitness & Education (S.A.F.E.)

Smart Activities for Fitness and Education (S.A.F.E.) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that uses tennis programs to provide opportunities for youth in the District of Columbia to build their character and self-esteem and improve their academic performance. Through comprehensive tennis and educational programs and cultural enrichment activities, S.A.F.E. encourages youth to make better choices and teaches youth to become confident, responsible and valuable members of their community.

 
Teatro de la Luna

Teatro de la Luna was founded in 1991 to provide the Washington capital area – both to its Spanish-speaking community and to its English-speaking community as well – with a source of high-quality theater as seen from a Latin American perspective. We present our productions at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, VA, as well as in various other area venues. Our performances are in Spanish, with English surtitles or live English dubbing offered at our mainstage productions and during our International Festivals of Hispanic Theater.

Our mission is to promote Hispanic culture and foster cross-cultural understanding between the Spanish- and English-speaking communities of our region via Spanish-language theater and bilingual performing arts. We forward our mission by producing plays, by teaching theater workshops to adults and children, by organizing poetry marathons and by producing International Festivals of Hispanic Theater. All these activities provide opportunities for community dialogue, participation, reflection and support.

Washington Performing Arts

One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts has engaged for more than half a century with artists, audiences, students, and civic life. The city is truly our stage: for decades, in venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks, we have presented a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, jazz, international genres, and more. We also have an ever-expanding artistic and educational presence on the internet, addressing the programming challenges of this time of pandemic while envisioning ongoing opportunities for online connection and community in a post-COVID world.

Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

WTEF’s mission is to build life champions. We give children and youth a safe environment they trust, where they can excel. We empower them to achieve their highest potential by developing meaningful values and critical skills that lead them to life-long success. We do this through a pathway of continual academic, life skills and tennis instruction during after-school and summer camp hours. 

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

Our mission is to foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all.

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Young Playwrights Theater

Young Playwrights’ Theater believes that creative expression and theater are valuable tools for the education, enrichment and self-actualization of young people. Through our programs and productions, we fulfill their creative vision by hiring professional artists to guide and perform original youth-generated work for their peers and for the public.

YPT believes that it is important that youth, especially those whose voices are often minimized, have access to high-quality arts education that centers their experience and is culturally competent and affirming for all young people involved. In order to do this work, YPT acknowledges oppression and reduces its harm through our internal and external structures and practices. 

YPT believes that young people are inherently brilliant and we exist to share that brilliance with the world.

FY20 Cycle 2 Winners

Anacostia AMP Youth Sports

Our mission is to bring H.O.P.E. (Healing, Opportunities, Provision/Peace & Empowerment) back to under-served communities “East of the River" by providing educational support, cultural arts, mentoring, and community events to children and families.

ARCH Development Organization

ARCH is a small, nonprofit neighborhood-based organization with its entire focus on the economic regeneration of Washington DC’s Historic Community of Anacostia, using arts, culture, and the creative economy.

Beacon House

The mission of Beacon House is to provide children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC with a safe, nurturing, and life-expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and to grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential. Our programs focus on closing the education achievement gap - and thus improving the economic trajectories - of children in Ward 5 for whom generational poverty is most persistent.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop & Serve Your City (Joint Application)

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's (CHAW's) mission is to build community through the arts. It is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by Sally Crowell and other community members who were interested in sharing their artistic expertise with children and adults.

 

Serve Your City is a nonprofit that provides life-changing experiences and opportunities for at-risk D.C. students through inspiring programming and the support of passionate volunteers.

 

Critical Exposure

Critical Exposure teaches youth how to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. We partner with schools, youth programs, and community groups to connect art and advocacy.

Dance Place

Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.

East of the River Boys & Girls Steelband

Since 1993, scores of District of Columbia youth have participated in the East of the River Boys & Girls Steelband. A program that enhances their lives, build self confidence and resiliency as it fosters an appreciation for the arts. The Steel Band program works with youth, 11 to 18 years living east of DC's Anacostia River.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos) Hispanic Theatre preserves and promotes Latino arts and culture and shares this rich Hispanic heritage through its productions and other diverse performing arts programs. By developing, producing, and performing works that explore the breadth of Latino performing arts, GALA provides opportunities for the Latino artists, trains youth, and engages the entire community in a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives. 

Nomis Youth Network

Sports based intervention services to inner city youth as an alternative to crime and gang activity.

Organization for Training Others in Need (OFTON)

Founded in 1992, OFT/ON provides programs and activities that encourage diverse artistic expression so that District citizens can experience the rich history and culture of America.

Step Afrika! USA Incorporated

ArtsStep Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping.

We promote an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. We accomplish this mission through arts education activities, international cultural exchange programs and performances world-wide.

We believe that the values of teamwork, discipline and commitment are essential to success in stepping and throughout life. We structure our performances and educational programs to connect intimately with our audience and create a positive influence on students’ lives.

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre produces exceptional contemporary theatre in deliberately intimate spaces, fostering a more thoughtful, more empathetic, and more connected community, in Washington, DC and beyond.

Teens Run DC

Teens Run DC promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being of under-served youth through a mentoring and distance running program.

The First Tee of Greater Washington

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC is a non-profit youth development organization providing life enhancing values and character building through the game of golf.

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Our mission is to transform lives through theatre. We work to make the real-life benefits of theatre training accessible to all regardless of age, income, or experience level.

YAAY Me, lnc.

Yaay Me will transform communities through transforming: youth, their families and those who serve them. We will achieve this through our principles of leadership (self & community), self-education, character education and career exploration.

FY20 - Cycle 1 Winners

Atlas Performing Art Center

The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts venue in a historic theater. We’re the cultural anchor of the H Street, Northeast community in Washington, DC. The Atlas fosters and presents stellar art in film, dance, music, theater, vocal and choral work, spoken word, and beyond.

Our mission is to bring people together through the arts to expand the reach and strengthen the bonds of our community.  We provide shared space in a creative environment that inspires exceptional performances, events, and initiatives that enlighten, entertain, and reflect the best of the arts and our humanity.

As the catalyst for neighborhood growth and change, the Atlas continues to play a major role in the regional creative economy and is where the arts, culture, and connection happen on H Street.

Building Bridges Across the River

Established in 1997 to build and manage the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, familiarly known as THEARC, BBAR’s importance to the revitalization of southeast DC cannot be overstated. Today, the campus houses over a dozen nonprofits in the arts, education, health, recreation, and workforce development fields, and BBAR manages two theaters, a farm, a technical theater program, and more. It is the engine behind it all, providing nonprofit partners with space, marketing, and management free of charge, and leading projects like the Skyland Workforce Center and the 11th Street Bridge Park, a new outdoor venue designed to generate economic opportunity for the surrounding communities. It’s all about making collaboration a force multiplier – addressing multiple disparities, creating better outcomes for the people THEARC serves, and equipping the residents of Wards 7 and 8 not only to survive, but to thrive.

Canady Foundation for the Arts

The Canady Foundation for the Arts (CFA) is a volunteer based Washington, DC cultural arts 501(c) 3 STEAM focused non-profit organization that educates, empowers and implements innovative arts and media programs for youth of color. CFA aims to enhance social-emotional development as well as work-life balance skills to affect students and their community positively into adulthood.

DC SAFE

DC SAFE is the only 24/7 crisis intervention agency for domestic violence in Washington, DC. Our mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors through emergency services, court advocacy, and system reform.

DC Youth Orchestra Program

The mission of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) is “music for young people; achievement for life.” Our goals are to 1.) Provide quality music instruction and performance opportunities for young people across the DC metropolitan area’s full diversity, 2.) Develop a Youth Orchestra capable of competing successfully at the national and international levels, and 3.) Instill in our students the discipline and focus necessary to succeed academically as well as musically.

Girls on the Run, LLC

At Girls on the Run we inspire ALL girls to build confidence and make intentional decisions, while fostering care and compassion for self and others. Trained coaches use physical activity and dynamic discussions to build social, emotional and physical skills in every girl while encouraging healthy habits for life.

National Capital Fencers Club

Our principle mission is to introduce the sport of fencing to a community not overly familiar with the sport and its personal and professional benefits.  Our main focus is to concentrate on academic excellence while promoting athleticism, inclusion, opportunities to excel and become contributing citizens.  This will be accomplished through mentoring, training and competition all while stressing sportsmanship.  Our leading principles are integrity, academic and athletic excellence, instilling confidence, building relationships, and developing character.

Spirit of Sport
Teatro de la Luna

Teatro de la Luna was founded in 1991 to provide the Washington capital area – both to its Spanish-speaking community and to its English-speaking community as well – with a source of high-quality theater as seen from a Latin American perspective. We present our productions at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, VA, as well as in various other area venues. Our performances are in Spanish, with English surtitles or live English dubbing offered at our mainstage productions and during our International Festivals of Hispanic Theater.

Our mission is to promote Hispanic culture and foster cross-cultural understanding between the Spanish- and English-speaking communities of our region via Spanish-language theater and bilingual performing arts. We forward our mission by producing plays, by teaching theater workshops to adults and children, by organizing poetry marathons and by producing International Festivals of Hispanic Theater. All these activities provide opportunities for community dialogue, participation, reflection and support.

Young Playwrights

Young Playwrights’ Theater believes that creative expression and theater are valuable tools for the education, enrichment and self-actualization of young people. Through our programs and productions, we fulfill their creative vision by hiring professional artists to guide and perform original youth-generated work for their peers and for the public.

YPT believes that it is important that youth, especially those whose voices are often minimized, have access to high-quality arts education that centers their experience and is culturally competent and affirming for all young people involved. In order to do this work, YPT acknowledges oppression and reduces its harm through our internal and external structures and practices. 

YPT believes that young people are inherently brilliant and we exist to share that brilliance with the world.