The Capitol Hill Community Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations, schools and other neighborhood groups in support of programs and projects that benefit residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

 Grants are made in the following areas:

  • Children’s education – programs based in schools

  • After school and non-school based programs for youth

  • Social Services

  • Arts and Cultural opportunities

  • Enhancement of the physical environment and community building

In general, the Foundation awards grants for projects with specific outcomes and projects with a broad reach in the Capitol Hill community.

Please see the Guidelines for instructions on how to apply for these grants. Please see Past Grantees for a list of our most recent grants.

Grants guidelines

The Foundation awards Three Kinds of Grants

+ Mini-Grants

These grants of up to $350 are considered and awarded any time throughout the year. They are usually given for one-time or emergency needs.

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+ Fall and Spring Grants

These grants of up to $2,500 are awarded in November and May each year. The corresponding grant submission deadlines are in September and March each year. These grants are given to a wide variety of projects benefiting the community by assisting:

  • Schools and teachers
  • Other youth programming (afterschool, summer, etc.)
  • Social service programs
  • Arts and culture
  • Neighborhood beautification and community building
  • On occasion, awards of more than $2,500 are made for projects of particular merit.

NOTE: Each Fall we offer one $5,000 "Bill Phillips Grant" to support social service work. Applicants for this grant can apply using our normal Fall Grant application below.

FALL Grant Due Date: Monday, September 30th 2019 at 6pm (NOTE... this is a NEW online grant portal... if you applied in the past you will need to create a new account

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+ The Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Grant

This special grant of $20,000 is awarded annually at the Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards Dinner in April.

The Foundation increased the size of the award, starting in 2017, to support new initiatives, or programmatic expansions, that can make significant contributions to the life of the Capitol Hill community.

In considering where to make this annual award, we will give preference to organizations that have previously received support from the Foundation, although new organizations will also be considered seriously. Each year, the Foundation will endeavor to choose an initiative in a different funding area within the Foundation’s five priorities: schools and teachers; other youth programming; social service programs; arts and culture; and neighborhood beautification and community building.

The deadline for the letter application is Friday, October 25, 2019. If you would like to speak with our Grants Chair with questions about a Keller Award letter you may reach Mark Weinheimer at

The letter application should be no more than four pages and contain the following:

a. Applicant name and contact information, including: the formal name of the applicant (to be used for any checks written), address and email of the applicant; and name, email and phone contact for the applicant’s authorized representative.

b. Applicant organization information, including a brief summary of the organization and its main goals and programs; service area; and information as to whether the applicant has previously received Foundation support.

c. Project summary, including a project title and brief description of the proposed initiative or project; a statement on what makes this initiative unique or beyond the previous work of the applicant; identification of how the project would benefit the community; estimate of the number of Capitol Hill residents that would impacted by the project; and identification of the project timetable.

d. Project budget estimate, including the total Keller Award requested; total project cost; other potential sources of funding; and – if the project is to be ongoing – a statement on how the applicant would propose to support the initiative beyond the term of this grant.

e. Other information that the applicant wishes to provide for our review.

The letter application should be submitted by 5:00 PM the day of the deadline to or a hardcopy mailed to:

Mark Weinheimer, Chair CHCF Grants Committee 419 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003