Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
- Youth Development, Youth Programs
- Arts, Culture and Humanities including Library, Museum and Historical Society Grants
- Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification
- Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
- Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
- Crime, Legal Related
- Employment, Economic Development, Job Related and Business Grants
- Housing, Shelter
- Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
- Community Improvement, Capacity Building
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The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is committed to building a stronger community for residents of the Washington, DC area in the following focus areas:
Arts & Humanities
Funds distributed support an array of artistic disciplines, as well as organizations that promote the humanities. These nonprofits demonstrate the depth and breadth of their initiatives, including how to meaningfully engage communities that have been historically underrepresented in the Arts and Humanities.
- Children, Youth and Families - Grants in this area help young people improve their academic performance, gain employment, develop relationships with trusted adults and make connections to the larger community. The Foundation prioritizes programs that empower young people to advocate for change within their schools and communities.
- Community Development - The Foundation seeks to ensure access to safe housing and economic development across the region. These awards support affordable housing production and preservation, services for people experiencing homelessness or housing instability, programs to address wealth disparities, as well as civic engagement and volunteerism.
- Justice - The Foundation seeks to ensure access to justice for all individuals in order to create a more equitable region. These grants support civil legal aid, services to survivors of violence, efforts to help people stay out of the criminal justice system and advocacy for system reform.
- Workforce Development - The Foundation supports organizations that focus on specific fields and career pathways as well as those that concentrate on broader job- and career-readiness.
- Capacity Building - The Foundation supports capacity building organizations that improve the sustainability, quality and impact of nonprofits in the region.
Grants aim to ensure that from the first day children enter an early childhood setting, to the day they receive a technical certificate or a degree, they are receiving an education that is founded in strong relationships, responds to their unique needs, and equips them with the skills they need to thrive and succeed in life.
Grants focus on the restoration and protection of local parks, the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Grants to environmental education and stewardship programs for people of all ages create greater awareness of the dangers of an unhealthy environment and the need to protect open natural spaces.
Health and Wellness
Grants include healthcare provision and supportive services, food and nutrition, as well as coalition building and advocacy.
February 1 - March 1
June 1 - July 1
October 1 - November 1
Proposals must be received in the office no later than 4:00 p.m. on these dates. Postmark dates do not apply. Please note, while they may be submitted anytime, proposals received between deadlines will be held for consideration in the following grant cycle.
Organizations may submit a proposal for only one deadline within a 12-month period. For example, if a proposal is submitted for the November 1 deadline, the organization must wait until the following November 1 deadline to submit another proposal.
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 11/12/2023
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