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Building Community, Changing Lives

The Takoma Foundation raises funds to advance the social, environmental, economic, educational and cultural interests of the greater Takoma Park community. We focus our grant-giving on projects that empower individuals, break down barriers, build connections between people and expand community capacity.

The mission of the Takoma Foundation is to make grants that promote a socially, environmentally, economically and culturally healthy Takoma Park community. The Takoma Foundation supports a dynamic, vibrant community that is inclusive, accepting, supportive and understanding.

The Foundation seeks proposals that:

  • encourage and involve resident participation in community life;
  • build connections between people;
  • empower community-based groups to address immediate community concerns;
  • provide opportunities for community residents that would not be possible otherwise.

In making final grant allocations, we will consider several aspects of each proposal (below), as well as additional factors to ensure that the allocations are diverse, fair, and strategic:

  • Does the proposal contribute to a stronger Greater Takoma Park Community?
  • Does the proposal provide a benefit that would not be achieved without the grant?
  • Does the proposal appear logical, practical and ready to be implemented?
  • Does the proposal address the needs of low and moderate-income residents, and
  • How will the grantee be accountable for achieving results?

Beginning in the Fall of 2016, the Takoma Foundation introduced a limited number of general operating support grants, to compliment the project-affiliated grants the Foundation traditionally supports. The Takoma Foundation recognizes that both types of grants are helpful in supporting the types of programs and organizations we are lucky to have in our community.

Project grants are designed to support a specific project or activity proposed by the grantee organization. Project grants support budgets up to $2,000

General operating support grants are designed to support a nonprofit organization’s overarching mission. These grants are not restricted to specific projects or programs. They can be used to support utility bills, fundraising, board and leadership development, salaries, meeting expenses, materials, or a specific project—the discretion is left to the grantee. General operating support grants can support budgets of up to $5,000.

An organization may only receive one grant of any type in a 12-month period. For example, if you received a grant in Spring 2018, you will be eligible to apply again in Fall 2019.

Eligibility

Operational Grants

  • The organization has current 501(c)3 status or has found an organization with 501(c)3 status that has agreed to act as a fiscal sponsor.
  • The work of the organization is well-aligned with the mission of the Takoma Foundation and addresses one or more of the Foundation’s priority areas (above).
  • Preference given to organizations with an annual budget of $100,000 or less.
  • Preference will be given to organizations serving the following populations:
    • Underrepresented
    • Underserved
    • Community youth success
  • The organization principally serves the greater Takoma Park community. This includes the following neighborhoods:
    • City of Takoma Park
    • East Silver Spring
    • Takoma Langley
    • Long Branch
    • Takoma, DC
  • We understand that organizations in any stage of their lifecycle may benefit from general operating support. This may include:
    • Startup Phase—Organizations that have just recently obtained their 501(c)3 status (or have identified a fiscal sponsor) but are still in the process of developing their programs and have not yet started to achieve results.
    • Growth Stage—Organizations with the infrastructure necessary to support core programs and which are in the process of growing their programs to scale.
    • Mission Impact Stage—Organizations already achieving mission impact through programs, organizational leadership, partnerships and collaboration.
    • Transition Stage—Organizations undergoing a significant leadership transition or shift in constituents or role.
    • Consolidation Stage—Organizations ready to merge with another organization.
  • If the organization has received prior Foundation support, the organization is required to send a report to the Grants committee for any Project Grant that was received.
  • During the proposal review process, we may ask for a meeting with your organization to learn more about your organizational capacity and plans as well as how you think this grant will help you take your work to the next level.

Project Grants

The organization has current 501(c)3 status or has found an organization with 501(c)3 status that has agreed to act as a fiscal sponsor. MCPS is eligible to receive grants. 

Grant Amount

  • General Operating Grants: $250–$5,000;
  • Project Grants: $250–$2,000

Limitations

We cannot make grants to individuals or for-profit businesses. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact us before you apply.

Application Process

When a grant cycle is open, links to operational and project grant applications will be made available on this page. Timeline information—proposal deadline and approximate decision and award dates—will be displayed as well.

 

Grantee Spotlight

Carpe Diem Arts

The “Healthy Parents: Families, Healthy Communities” project will work with the Essex House community. Carpe Diem Arts, inc will run Parent Support Groups, Quilting Conversations, Parent Engagement Workshop, and Healthy Cooking Workshops; these workshops are designed to help parents learn and practice tools to improve school involvement, community engagement including family dynamics.

Event Spotlight

Beerfest X A Success!

Thank you to all who participated in Takoma Park’s tenth annual Beerfest! This year’s event was indeed Xtra fun and Xtra special, not to mention Xtra successful, having raised nearly $19,000! Your contributions are key to our support of community organizations doing good for Greater Takoma. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Beerfest!

Awards Spotlight

2018 Azalea Awards Winners

Congratulations to our most recently selected winners—individuals representing the best of what Takoma has to offer, going “above and beyond” to make a difference for their families, friends and neighbors. They are truly living up to the Takoma Foundation motto of “building bridges and changing lives.”
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