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:

Downtown Comeback

Empowering the District of Columbia to remain a city for people of all ages and at all stages of life, means fighting to protect the middle class. When washingtonians across all eight wards have access to job opportunities and can afford to build a better life for themselves and their loved ones in the District, our residents and communities are stronger.

Public Safety

Public safety serves as a foundation for living a healthy and happy life.  We want to create significant, lasting change and not just to reverse these rising trend, but to reduceany type of violence, including gun violence, and ultimately end it. Continuing to support our residents through investments in education, housing, and economic development will improve the quality of life of residents.


Schools are the heartbeat of our communities, and every community deserves a great school.  Every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and to pursue their dreams.  This starts with the basics, such as reading and math.  Recreational activities such as sports, art, civic engagement, and youth engagement, will impact the health and well-being of our residents and students.
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)

Under Mayor Bowser’s leadership the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs and the Office of the General Counsel are excited to announce the following list of organizations that will serve as grantees under the FY 23 Immigrant Justice Legal Service (IJLS). These 25 IJLS grantees will provide legal services on a pro bono and low bono basis to DC residents in need of assistance.

Any DC residents in need of legal help with an immigration matter may contact the organization(s) below. To get in contact with these organizations, please click on the organization’s name below to be directed to their respective website and retrieve their contact information:

African Communities Together (ACT) – DC Immigration Legal Program

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Research Institute (ADCRI) – Legal Services for Arab and Muslim Residents of Washington, DC

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center – Immigration Legal Services for the District’s Asian Pacific Islander Immigrant Community

Asylum Works – Low Bono Legal Access Initiative

Ayuda – Community Legal Interpreter Bank

Ayuda – Consultation and Representation Expansion Program

Bread for the City – Legal Representation for Immigrant Survivors Project

Briya Public Charter School – Immigration Legal Services and Education for the Briya Public Charter School Community

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition – DC Detained Immigrant Representation Program

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) – Immigrant Justice Legal Outreach and Services

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington – Immigration Legal Services

DC Affordable Law Firm (DCALF) – DC Comprehensive Immigration Legal Services Project

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) – Representation & Legal Advocacy for Immigrant Families (RELIEF)

Empowerment Legal Services – Empowerment IJLS Project

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Inc. – Access to Justice: Free Immigration Legal Services for Unaccompanied Immigrant and Refugee Children in Washington, DC

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) – Immigrant Justice Program

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia – Immigrants’ Rights Legal Services Project

Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) – Immigrant Justice Program

Mil Mujeres, Inc. – Mil Mujeres Legal Services

Nigerian Center, Inc. – Nigerian Center Immigration Access Program

Renaissance Center for Culture and Education – Renaissance Immigration Services

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International – TASSC Legal Services Program

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC (TUWDC) – Adult Workers Immigration Legal Services Resources Project

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) – DC Children’s Legal Services

Whitman-Walker Health – De Colores (DC) Legal Access Initiative

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



FY25 African Community Grant

Deadline: 6/14/2024
Funding: $15,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links
FY25 African American Community Grant
Deadline: 6/14/2024
Funding: $10,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links
FY24 Multicultural Summer Youth Employment Program Deadline: 5/31/2024
Funding: $15,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications  | FAQs | Application Links
FY25 Asian & Pacific Islander Community Grant Deadline 6/14/2024
Funding: $40,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links
FY25 LGBTQIA+ Community Grant Deadline: 6/14/2024
Funding: $50,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links

FY25 LGBTQIA+ Violence Prevention & Response Team (VPART) Grant

Deadline: 8/5/2024
Funding: $50,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links

FY25 Immigration Justice Legal Services (IJLS) Grant


Deadline: 6/28/2024
Funding: $400,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links

FY25 Latino Community Development Grant


Deadline: 6/14/2024
Funding: $50,000

Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs | Application Links

FY25 Returning Citizens Access to Jobs Grant


Deadline: Extended- 7/26/2024
Funding: $50,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Funding | FAQs | Application Links | Extension to Receive Applications



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

Interested in being a Grant Reviewer?

Please complete the Grant Reviewer Form to sign up to become a grant reviewer for fiscal year 2025.

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


Improving Pediatric Asthma Outcomes
District of Columbia Department (DC Health) Community Health Administration (CHA)





3:00 pm
July 23, 2024


OSSE FY2025 Quality Improvement Network (QIN) Grant
Office of The State Superintendent of Education


NOFA RFA 3:00 pm
July 23, 2024


Access to Jobs Grant-Returning Citizens
Mayor's Office on Returning Citizens 


NOFA RFA 5:00 pm
July 26, 2024


FY25 Safe Commercial Corridors Grant Program
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ)


NOFA RFA 11:59 pm
July 30, 2024


OSSE FY2025 SOAR Third Party Charter Support Organizations Grant
Office of The State Superintendent of Education


NOFA RFA 3:00 pm
August 5, 2024


FY2025 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Violence Prevention & Response Team (VPART) Grant
Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Affairs


NOFA RFA 5:00 pm
August 5, 2024



USDA Composting and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Program- Commercial Food Donation Technical Assistance
Department of Energy and Environment


NOFA   11:59 pm
August 15, 2024


FY25 DHS Comprehensive Street Outreach Network
Department of Human Services


NOFA RFA 4:00 pm
August 16, 2024


OSSE FY2024 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant
Office of The State Superintendent of Education


NOFA   3:00 pm
August 23, 2024


Streets for People Grant
Office of Planning


NOFA   3:00 pm
August 26, 2024


Office of The State Superintendent of Education


NOFA RFA 3:00 pm
August 28, 2024


Lean Transformation of Primary Care
Department of Health (DC Health) Community Health Administration (CHA)


NOFA   3:00 pm
September 10, 2024




Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Pedro Mojica
Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs

[email protected]




Mayor's Office on African Affairs
(202) 727-5634

Julie Norris, Grants Management Specialist (MOAAA)

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

Lap Nguyen
Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 727-3120

Ricardo Espitia
Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
[email protected]

LeAndrea Gilliam, Program Analyst & Housing Specialist (MOLGBTQA)

George Garcia 
Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 671-1525



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



Sylvie Maunga
The Mayor's Office of Returning Citizen Affairs
[email protected] 


Mayor's Office of Community Affairs
Community Grant Program