The United States is less than one year from the commencement of the 2020 Census. Increased understanding of the importance of the census, how it is used, and the potential impact of a complete and accurate count, messaged for relevance, can inform regional awareness and inspire local action.
To that end, the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s 2020 Count DMV In Census Project is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations prepared to undertake activities focused on hard-to-count communities in the Washington, D.C., region.
Funding will be provided for public education and information activities, outreach and mobilization, indirect assistance to individuals and families completing the 2020 Census Form, communications and media work, and/or partnerships with community and nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and local governments conducting public education and outreach.
Grant awards will range between $5,000 and $20,000 for program requests only. (General operating requests will not be considered.) The review committee will consider, on a case-by-case basis, larger grants for comprehensive coordinated proposals from applicants that seek to work in multiple jurisdictions.
To be eligible applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit as their fiduciary agent. Organizations are required to operate in Washington, D.C.; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; or Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia.
Proposals must be submitted through the foundation’s online grant application system, Gifts Online. Hard copy, email, or faxed proposals will not be accepted. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29. Proposals will be reviewed in August, and applicants will be notified if they have been selected for funding by September.
See the Greater Washington Community Foundation website for additional information.