Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions. Please be sure to read! If you need additional support, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@diversecityfund.org.

What is Diverse City Fund?

Diverse City Fund is a grantmaking organization dedicated to racial justice that invests financial and social capital to transform systems in DC. We fund and support efforts led by and rooted in communities of color to realize liberation, spark solutions, organize against oppression of all kinds create systemic change.

Who is the Grantmaking Team?

At DC Fund, the staff, board, and donors do not making funding decisions. Instead, our grants are awarded by our Grantmaking Team, which is a rotating group of organizers, activists, and cultural workers of color with a deep commitment to racial justice in DC.

When is the next application due?

Our Spring 2024 Application is due March 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM! We hold two general grant rounds every year, one during the spring and another in the fall.

Who can apply?

Organizations and groups led by, and for, people of the global majority in Washington, DC that are advancing racial justice through systems change work. You can read much more about who and what we fund here.

Do I need to be a 501c3 to apply?

No! No one will be turned away for not having 501c3 status, or for not having a fiscal sponsor at the time of submitting an application. However, if your organization is awarded a grant by our Grantmaking Team, you will need to have an organization with 501c3 status serve as your fiscal sponsor to receive the grant on your behalf. Where necessary, we will work with you to ensure that a partner organization is able to serve as your fiscal sponsor so that your funds can be disbursed.

Why new programs?

Over the past 13 years, DC Fund has experienced tremendous growth, and we are able to represent that in our updated programs. Organizations are now eligible for grants ranging from $10,000-$25,000! Our priority will always be smaller groups and organizations just getting started, who often have trouble accessing traditional funding sources. Our grants are still general operating support, and we still don’t have reporting requirements. You can read more about what the programs redesign process entailed, and what the new eligibility requirements are here.

How do I know what category I’m in?

You can take our eligibility quiz here that will direct you to the right application for you depending on some more information about your organization, including your budget, staff size, number of funders, and number of grants you’ve received from DC Fund.

I’m not sure if my organization is doing systems change work, how do I learn more?

You can join us virtually on March 4, at 6 PM for a webinar hosted by Two Brown Girls where we will cover the differences between symptoms and root cause work. You can watch the recording here! Also, you can refer to this guide that explains more about how we understand work that transforms systems.

We represent a coalition, can we apply for funding?

Coalitions are welcomed to apply under the category that best meets who they are. When calculating budget size, please use only funding committed by each group/organization to perform coalition activities.

Who do I reach out to if I have questions about my application?

DC Fund staff and Board of Instigators members are more than happy to help you work through application questions, as we are not the ones making the funding decisions. Please email our Programs Manager Elizabeth at elizabeth[at]diversecityfund.org who will be able to connect you with support.