MLOV marching against the decision made to end DACA.


The Hill-Snowdon Foundation created the Fund for DC in 2006 to strengthen the infrastructure for community organizing in the District of Columbia: As noted in Making the Case: Supporting Community Organizing in our Nation's Capital, advocacy and organizing groups in the District of Columbia have tended to be under-resourced by local can national foundations, although these groups have produced significant results.

The Hill-Snowdon Foundation is committed supporting community organizing groups in the District of Columbia and strengthening their capacity to achieve larger scale victories for marginalized residents in the District.  Specifically, the Fund for DC:

  • Provides general support grants to base building, community organizing groups in the District of Columbia

  • Implements  a Community Organizing Capacity Building program for Fund for DC groups that helps to enhance specific organizing capacities (e.g., base-building, campaign strategy, communications, etc.) of Fund for DC grassroots partners.

By adopting this focus we anticipate the following outcomes:

  • Greater ability of local organizing groups to influence local policy decisions and win larger scale changes for low income families and communities in DC.

  • Greater ability for DC community organizing groups to develop effective campaigns, recruit and engage more residents, and hold elected officials accountable.

  • More formal, effective and expansive working relationships between community organizing, advocacy and service groups in the District.

Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations seeking support from HSF’s Fund for DC Program have the strongest likelihood of receiving a grant if they fit the following the criteria:

  • Employ a community organizing approach to systems, institutional or policy level change (we do not support youth leadership, advocacy, or service programs that are not grounded in a community organizing model).

  • Engage in multi-issue, base-building organizing

  • Have a track record of organizing wins and institutional or policy changes

  • Work in coalition with other social justice organizing groups in the District. 

  • Employ a sophisticated, strategic and explicit racial and gender justice frame

  • Integrate civic participation or voter engagement strategies into their ongoing efforts whenever possible.

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