Community Grant Program



Each year Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs (MOCA).  These outreach offices manage community grant programs and work with grantees to implement programs focused on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Priorities for District residents:

Arts & Creative Economy

Committed to investing in the District’s diverse, inclusive, and thriving creative economy and arts and culture scenes.

Civic Engagement

Dedicated to ensuring residents across all eight wards have access to a government working to reduce civic issues, boost outreach initiatives, and empower neighborhoods


Focused on supporting residents’ educational attainment at every stage of life to give Washingtonians opportunities to live happy, purposeful lives.

Health & Wellness

Promotes health, wellness and equity across the District for every resident to flourish.

Jobs & Economic Development

Committed to bringing jobs and opportunity to every neighborhood, supporting small and local businesses, diversifying the economy, and connecting more DC residents to DC-sustaining careers.

Public Safety

Build a safer, stronger DC by investing in our public safety agencies, enhancing transparency and ties between police and community members, and increasing accountability.

Youth Engagement

Support youth to feel loved, challenged, and prepared to thrive and positively influence society.
MOCA Grantees By Agency

MOCA  Grantees by Agency

Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA)

Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs (MOAAA)

Mayor’s Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA)

Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA)

Accessibility Inc.

An Open Book Foundation


Bread for the City, Inc.

Capital Area Assets Builders


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.

City Blossoms

Collaborative Solutions for Communities

Communities In Schools of the Nation's Capital

Day Eight

DC Affordable Law Firm

DC Bilingual Public Charter School


DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

Dialogue on Diversity

District Bridges

Following Francis dba Francis on the Hill

FreshFarm Markets, Inc.

Gala Hispanic Theater

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation


Housing Counseling Services

IN Series

Jubilee Housing, Inc.

Jubilee JumpStart

Junior Tennis Champions Center

Kid Power, Inc

La Clinica del Pueblo

Latin American Youth Center

Latino Student Fund

Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Life Asset

Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc

MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet Inc.

Multicultural Career Intern Program

Multicultural Community Service

My Sister's Place

National Hispanic Council on Aging

National Housing Trust

One Common Unity, Inc.

Open Goal Project

PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Reading Partners

Salvadoran Cultural Institute/Casa de la Cultura El Salvador

San Miguel School

Sitar Arts Center

Spanish Education Development

Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment, Inc.

Teatro de la Luna

The Dance Institute of Washington, Inc.

The Family Place

The Family Place Public Charter School

The Washington Ballet

Thrive DC

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC

Tzedek DC, Inc.

University Legal Services

Uptown Community Initiative

Vida Senior Centers

Washington English Center

Words Beats and Life Inc

Young Playwrights' Theater, Inc.

Mayor’s Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Affairs (MOLGBTQA)

The Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism and Partnerships (Serve DC)

Serve DC annually awards nearly $4 million in AmeriCorps grants to District-based organizations committed to using national service to address critical needs in public safety, education, environment, and disaster relief. Serve DC funding supports nearly half of the 1,400 AmeriCorps members who serve in every Ward of the District at non-profit and community-based organizations, working to fight poverty and advance economic opportunity and academic achievement.
After-School All-Stars
Center for Inspired Teaching
City Gate
City Year
Higher Achivement
Kid Power, Inc.
Latin American Youth Center
The Literacy Lab
The National Reentry Network
Reading Partners
Relay Graduate School of Education
Teach for America
Teens Run DC
Washington AIDS Partnership

Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant (IJLS)

2020 DC HOPE Community Grant

The Mayor's Office of Community (MOCA) solicited grant applications from District based 501(c)(3) community-based organizations (CBOs) serving the District of Columbia residents--to help implement community social distancing engagement and public health awareness outreach efforts based on federal funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Bowser Administration is dedicated to reopening the District of Columbia and in order to do so; our community-based organizations are crucial partner to assist in engaging with our vulnerable populations across all eight wards about COVID-19 related resources, services and guidelines in order to flatten the curve.
African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association
Anacostia Coordinating Council
Asian American LEAD
Bread for the City, Inc.
Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Byte Back
Capital Youth Empowerment Program
Casa Ruby
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.
Central Community Development Corporation
Children's National
Christian Tabernacle of God, Inc.
Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development
Columbia Heights Day Initiative DBA District Bridges
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Community College Preparatory Academy
Community of Hope
Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center dba Central Community Development Corporation
DC Dream Center
DC Jobs with Justice
Echelon Community Service
Empower DC
Ethiopian Community Center
Exodus Treatment Center
Faith for the City
Fiesta DC
GOOD Projects
Greater Washington Urban League
Healthy Babies Project
Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC
Homes for Hope, Inc.
Jah Kente International, Inc.
La Clinica del Pueblo
Latin American Youth Center
Leadership Council for Healthy Communities
Many Languages One Voice
Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc.
Mary's Center
Miriam's Kitchen
Momma's Safe Haven
National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens
NCS Systems, Inc.
Neighbors Consejo
One Tent Health
Palisades Village
Pathways to Housing DC
Prevention of Blindness Society
Reese Adbarat DSK Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Rehoboth Baptist Church
Renaissance Center for Culture and Education
Rich Capital Concepts
Rising Sun Programs
Rockson Community Development Corporation
Run Hope Work
Sasha Bruce Youthwork DC
Saving Our Next Generation
SLK Health Services Corporation
SOME, Inc.
Special Olympics District of Columbia, Inc.
Step Afrika!
Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, Inc.
The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens
The Wanda Alston Foundation
The Washington City Orphan Asylum
Thurgood Marshall Child Development Center
Tutoring Cafe
Uptown Community Initiatives
Us Helping Us
Vida Senior Centers
Voices for a Second Chance
Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc.
Washington Literacy Center
Yaay Me, Inc.


Available Funding

Available Funding

Please find the application openings and submission deadlines for the MOCA grants:

Focus Area



 African Community

*Updated* Deadline: 7/15/2022
Funding: $15,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links
FY2023 African American Community Grant
*Updated* Deadline: 10/31/2022
Funding: $10,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links
Latino Community Development Grant *Updated* Deadline: 7/15/2022
Funding: $50,000
Notice of Funding | RFA  | FAQs and Application Links
Asian & Pacific Islander Community  *Updated* Closed
Funding: $40,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links
FY23 LGBTQ+ Community *Updated* Deadline: 8/29/2022
Funding: $50,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Services

(Youth Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency)

*Updated* Deadline: 8/2/2021
Funding: $10,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Services

(Cultural Competency Training)

*Updated* Deadline: 8/2/2021
Funding: $15,000
Notice of Funding| Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links


Immigrant Justice and Legal Services Grant


*Updated* Deadline: 7/8/2022 
Funding: $3,500,000

Notice of Funding | Request for Applications

FY2022 Multicultural Summer Youth Employment Program

Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs

Deadline: 5/2/2022
Funding: $15,000

Request for Proposal | Notice of Funding


FY2023 Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Grant

Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

*Updated* Closed
Funding: $40,000

Notice of Funding | Request for Applications



Each year we are in need of volunteers to review grantee applications for each of our outreach offices.

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Funding Alerts and Grants Clearing House

Funding Alerts and Grants Clearing House

Funding Alert

We know how important it is to have access to capital to support mission critical operations. The Funding Alert, a free resource produced by Serve DC, highlights grant opportunities and resources for community-based, faith-based, 501 (c) (3) nonprofits, and District government agencies. In response to the District’s current public health emergency, the Funding Alert also includes coronavirus (COVID-19) related funding opportunities!

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District Grants Clearinghouse

The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism & Partnerships is the electronic clearinghouse for all District of Columbia government grant notices. See the chart below for current notices.

DC government agencies with requests or questions relating to the District Clearinghouse should contact [email protected].


Public Notices Summary Application Packet Submission Deadline


Fiscal Year 2023 Supplement Reentry Flex Funding and Project Safe Neighborhoods 
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)


NOFA RFA 11:59 pm
December 16, 2022


FY23 Facilities and Buildings: Mortgage and Rent Relief Grant 
Commission on the Arts and Humanities


  RFA 10 pm
December 20, 2022


Historic Preservation Grant
DC Office of Planning


NOFA RFA 3:00 pm
December 21, 2022


FY23 Employer Partnership Training Grant
Workforce Investment Council


NOFA RFA 8:00 pm
December 21, 2022


HIV Prevention Activities: Syndemic Approach
DC Department of Health (DC Health) HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA)





6:00 pm
January 5, 2023


HealthySteps Program
DC Department of Health (DC Health) Community Health Administration (CHA)





6:00 pm
January 11, 2023


FY2023 Food Access Fund Grant Program – Round 4
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development 


NOFA   5:00 pm
January 13, 2023


2023 Workforce Expansion Grant Initiative: Teacher Externship in Apprenticeship
Department of Employment Services





5:00 pm
January 6, 2023




Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team


Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs


Semhal Hagos

Semhal Hagos
Mayor's Office on African Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 727-5390

Julie Norris, Grants Management Specialist (MOAAA)

Julie Norris
Mayor's Office on African American Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 442-8162

Sara Park, Grants Management Specialist (MOAPIA)

Sara Park
Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 727-5560

Eduardo Pedromo, Grants Management Specialist (MOLA)

Eduardo Pedromo
Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 671-2826

LeAndrea Gilliam, Program Analyst & Housing Specialist (MOLGBTQA)

Leandrea Gilliam
Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 727-7149



Rold Louis
Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships
[email protected] 

Cristina Sacco, Associate General Counsel

Cristina Sacco, Associate General Counsel
Grants Manager for the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant
[email protected]
(202) 727-0872

Annual Reports
Mayor's Office of Community Affairs
Community Grant Program