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Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia Nonprofits
to Serve Families, Women, and Children in Need

Many Hands Grant

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Deadline Date:

11/05/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to serve local families, women, and children in need. Focus areas include health, education, housing, and economic empowerment. Grant funds must be used to serve residents of one or more of the following areas: District of Columbia; Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland; and Arlington County, Fairfax County, Alexandria City, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City in Virginia.

Focus Areas:
Economic Empowerment: The Economic Empowerment Committee seeks to fund organizations that work to improve the economic security and financial well-being of women, youth (ages 14-25), and families in the areas of:
  • Job readiness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • College/post-secondary success
  • Financial literacy
  • Adult literacy
  • English language proficiency
  • Eliminating barriers to work (including legal, transportation, and childcare)
Education: The Education Committee seeks to fund organizations that work to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and families in the areas of:
  • Early childhood education and development
  • School readiness
  • K-12 education
  • Academic support and enrichment (including tutoring, mentoring, arts, and after-school or out-of-school time programs)
Health: The Health Committee seeks to fund organizations that work to improve health and safety outcomes for women, children, youth, and families in the areas of:
  • Healthcare access
  • Healthcare services and treatment
  • Mental health and emotional support
  • Substance abuse treatment/prevention (including family supports)
  • Public safety (including domestic and community violence prevention)
  • Hunger and food security
  • Wellness
  • Aging

Housing: The Housing Committee seeks to fund organizations working to support women, youth, and families facing homelessness or housing instability in the areas of:

  • Homelessness prevention, including emergency rental or utility assistance
  • Emergency, temporary, and transitional housing and shelters
  • Permanent or semi-permanent housing
  • Housing with wraparound services
  • Homeownership services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165111

Number of Grants:

Many Hands currently makes four grants each year, one in each of the four focus areas

Estimated Size of Grant:

Of the four annual grantees, one receives the Many Hands $100,000 Impact Grant, and three receive Many Hands Partner Grants, the value of which is determined by the total amount raised in membership contributions that year. In 2021, each Partner Grant was $72,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 (not the program for which the application is being made) 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 organization must be located in the service area. If the organization is a chapter or affiliate of a national organization, 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 should not promote or compel political or religious participation or affiliation.

Special Considerations:
- Charter schools are ineligible.
- Recipients of the Many Hands Partner Grant in 2021 are ineligible to apply in the 2021 grant cycle.
- Any organization that has received $100,000 or more in total Many Hands funding is ineligible to apply for additional funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Participate in a call, via Zoom, on October 19, 2021, 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 participate in the applicant call, register at

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates and Deadlines for Applicants – 2022 Grant Cycle
- Applications open: October 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
- Application deadline: November 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Submit written questions by email October 1–15, 2021. Answers to submitted questions will be posted in the News section of the website on October 21, 2021.

For a full timeline, see the 2022 Grant Cycle Timeline tab on the URL for Full Text below.

All applications will be evaluated and considered carefully, and the entire review process takes approximately five months. At any point in the review process, applicants may be contacted by a Many Hands member for clarification and/or additional information. Applicants will be notified if their proposal is not forwarded to the next level of review.

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USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George's Counties;   Virginia: Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church ;   Washington, DC

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