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Many Hands invites applications from nonprofits in Washington, D.C.

Many Hands

Many Hands has given more than $2.5 million to charitable organizations in the Washington, DC, region that assist women, kids, and families in need SINCE 2004.  Currently, we award four grants annually, one for each of our four priority areas: housing, health, education, and economic empowerment. One of the four recipients of the Many Hands annual grants receives the $100,000 Impact Grant, while the other three receive Partner Grants, the amount of which is determined by fundraising efforts each year. Each Partner Grant will cost $67,000 in 2022.

Many Hands provides unrestricted funding (which may be used for operating, program, or capital expenses) to well managed and financially viable local organizations that operate effective programs and services. Successful applicants will be able to describe how a Many Hands grant will have an impact on organizational and/or programmatic capacity that leads to an increased ability to help the intended beneficiaries.

Many Hands is committed to serving and empowering Washington, DC area women, children, and families in socioeconomic need by supporting strongly aligned community nonprofits. Without exception, applicants that do not meet all eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Population Served:

  • Many Hands grant funds must be used to serve women, children, and/or families in socioeconomic need.
  • Many Hands grant funds must be used to serve residents of one or more of the following areas:
    • District of Columbia
    • Montgomery County, MD
    • Prince George’s County, MD
    • Arlington County, VA
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • Alexandria City, VA
    • Fairfax City, VA
    • Falls Church City, VA

Applicant Organization:

  • The organization must have 501(c)3 status at the time of application.
  • The organization must have been in operation for at least five years.
  • The organization must have an established operating budget of at least $500,000 and no more than $6 million, based on the current-year budget and total expenditures in the previous fiscal year.
  • The applicant organization must be located in the service area. It must have a local address, an independent budget, and a local board of directors with fiduciary responsibilities.
  • The organization must be secular and non-partisan in mission and program and must not promote or compel political or religious participation or affiliation.

Special Considerations:

  • Charter schools are ineligible.
  • Recipients of the Many Hands Partner Grant in 2022 are ineligible to apply in the 2023 grant cycle.
  • Any organization that has received $100,000 or more in total Many Hands funding is ineligible to apply for additional funding.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Applicants – 2023 Grant Cycle

Applications open: Friday, September 30, 2022 at 9:00 am

Application deadline: Friday, November 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Grant applications must be submitted electronically, using our Foundant(TM) platform.

Applicants will have two opportunities to ask questions prior to the application deadline:

    • Submit written questions by email to grants@manyhandsdc.org, October 3–14, 2022. Answers to submitted questions will be found in updated Applicant FAQs by October 21, 2022.
    • Participate in a Zoom call on October 18, 2022, at 10:00 am. Members of the Many Hands Grants Committee will be on hand to answer questions about eligibility requirements, grant priorities, and application software

To learn more about Many Hands grant, click here

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