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 in schools as well as after-school tutoring and mentoring
  • Social Services
  • Arts, culture and recreation for children and adults
  • Enhancement of the physical environment

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



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 24th 2018 at 6pm

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The Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Award

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

This grant supports initiatives, both ongoing and new, that make significant contributions to the life of the Capitol Hill community.

Letters of inquiry deadline:
Monday, September 24th 2018.

To submit a Letter of Inquiry for the Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Grant please submit a letter of inquiry to:

Stephanie Deutsch, Chair
CHCF Grants Committee
500 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington DC 20003