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

MOCA  Grantees

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)

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Asylum Works
Bancroft Elementary PTO.
Barbara Chambers Children's Center
Bread for the City, Inc.
Byte Back
Capital Area Assets Builders
CARECEN Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Casa Ruby
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.
City Blossoms
Collaborative Solutions for Communities
Columbia Heights Day Initiative DBA District Bridges
Communities In Schools of the Nation's Capital
DC Bilingual Public Charter School
DC Language Immersion Project
FreshFarm Markets Inc.
GALA Inc Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Horizons Greater Washington
Housing Counseling Services
Jubilee Housing
Jubilee Jumpstart
Junior Tennis Champions Center
Kid Power, Inc
La Clinica del Pueblo
Latin American Youth Center
Latino Economic Development Corporation of Washington DC
Latino Student Fund
Life Asset
Mary's Center
Mi Casa Inc
Multicultural Career Intern Program
Multicultural Community Service
My Sister's Place, Inc
National Hispanic Council on Aging
One Common Unity, Inc.
Open Goal Project
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Reading Partners
Rosemount Center
Salvadoran Cultural Institute/Casa de la Cultura El Salvador
Spanish Education Development
Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment Inc.
Teatro de la Luna
The Dance Institute of Washington
The Family Place
The Family Place Public Charter School
The Next Step Public Charter School
The Washington Ballet
Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC
Tzedek DC, Inc.
University Legal Services
Uptown Community Initiatives
Vida Senior Centers
Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc.
Washington English Center
Words Beats & Life
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)

The Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant, launched by Mayor Bowser, provides grants of up to $300,000 to community based organizations that provide immigrant justice legal services to District residents.  Some organizations provide the legal services directly; others do so by mobilizing pro bono or paid legal help; and some other community organizations work in immediate partnership with legal providers to provide legal services to their clients.
African Communities Together (ACT)
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Research Institute
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Asylum Seeker Assistance Project
Ayuda: Consultation and Representation Expansion Program
Ayuda: Community Legal Interpreter Bank
Briya Public Charter School: Immigration Legal Services and Education for the Briya Public Charter School Community
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition: DC Detained Immigrant Representation Program
Casa Ruby: Immigrant Justice Legal Services
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington: Immigration Legal Services
DC Affordable Law Firm: DC Comprehensive Immigration Legal Services Project
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project: Relief: Representation & Legal Advocacy for Immigrant Families
KIND Inc.: Unaccompanied Immigrant and Refugee Children: Access to Justice and Protection in Washington, DC
Latin American Youth Center: LAYC Immigrant Justice Program
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia: Immigrants’ Rights Legal Services Project
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International: TASSC Legal Services Program
Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC: Adult Workers Immigration Legal Services Resources Project
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: USCRI DC Children’s Legal Services
Whitman-Walker Health De Colores 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



 African Community

*Updated* Deadline: 8/2/2021
Funding: $15,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links
African American Community
*Updated* Deadline: 8/2/2021
Funding: $10,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links
Latino Community *Updated* Closed
Funding: $50,000
Notice of Funding | RFA  | FAQs and Application Links
Asian & Pacific Islander Community  *Updated* Deadline: 8/2/2021
Funding: $55,000
Notice of Funding | Request for Applications | FAQs and Application Links
LGBTQ Community *Updated* Deadline: 8/2/2021
Funding: $15,000
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


Deadline: Closed
Funding: $3,500,000
Request for Funding
 | Notice of Funding

FY2022 Multicultural Summer Youth Employment Program

Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs

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

Request for Proposal | Notice of Funding



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


FY22 DHS Homeless Hotline and Transportation Services
Department of Human Services





5:00 pm
May 30, 2022


Commodity Supplemental Food
Department of Health (DC Health) Community Health Administration (CHA) 





6:00 pm
June 3, 2022


FY 2023 Arts or Humanities Education Projects
Commission on the Arts and Humanities


  RFA 10:00 pm
June 3, 2022


2022 On-the-Job Training Apprenticeship Reimbursement Initiative 
Department of Employment Services





3:00 pm
June 6, 2022


FY2022 Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act Third Party Charter Support Organization Grants
Office of the State Superintendent of Education


  RFA 3:00 pm
June 6, 2022


Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Pilot for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Providers and Beneficiaries  
Department of Health Care Finance


NOFA RFA 4:00 pm
June 6, 2022


Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Victim Services
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants


NOFA RFA 11:59 pm
June 6, 2022


FY 2023 Projects, Events or Festivals
Commission on the Arts and Humanities


  RFA 10:00 pm
June 10, 2022


FY 22 Peace Music Grant
Safer, Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)


NOFA RFA 11:59 pm
June 10, 2022


OVSJG FY2023 Consolidated Justice Grants
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants


NOFA RFA 11:59 pm
June 10, 2022


FY23 SUSO Program Community Based Reduction
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants


NOFA   11:59 pm
June 14, 2022


FY2022 Department of Employment Services
Department of Employment Services


NOFA   5:00 pm
September 30, 2022




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

Joya Matthew, Grants Management Specialist (MOAAA)

Joya Matthews
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