Funding Alert: Diverse City Fund

Apply now! Diverse City Fund fall 2019 grant round is open

Applications are due on October 2nd.

The Diverse City Fund was initiated in 2010 by a number of volunteer community activists and donors to support projects in communities of color in the District of Columbia. They are led by an all-volunteer Board of Instigators.

The DC Fund accepts and prioritizes grant applications from groups engaging in the following types of work: 

  • Coalitions/Alliances– multi-issue, multi-constituent alliances of social change groups led by and organized in communities of color in DC

  • Mobilization– groups mobilizing people for protest and resistance

  • Organizing and Advocacy – groups engaged in organizing and advocacy, particularly around funding for public programs and services

  • Healing, Inspiration, and Liberation– groups that bring people of color together for cultural and mental liberation, the individual level work that prepares people to resist.

This year, the Diverse City Fund is collecting applications through an online web forms platform, Formplus. Please note that there are two (2) different applications—one for an organization and one for a coalition or alliance. Please see our Grantmaking Guidelines for grant eligibility requirements, including how Diverse City Fund defines a coalition. 


Applicants must enter and submit responses directly into the form. The application platform allows applicants to save their progress and continue at a later date, as long as an email is provided. 

In order to preview the application, a PDF of the questions may be downloaded below. If you have any issues completing the application online, please reach out to

Organization/Project Application for Diverse City Fund Grant (fall 2019) 
Online Application | PDF Preview

Coalition/Alliance Application for Diverse City Fund Grant (fall 2019)
Online Application | PDF Preview

Budget template (you may also use your own template)

DEADLINE: 11:59pm on Wedensday, October 2, 2019. 

What happens next? The Grantmaking Team will review applications during the last weekend in October. They plan to let folks know of our decisions by early November.

For additional information, including eligibility requirements, updated definitions, and funding priorities, visit the Diverse City fund website

For more information please attend one of our information sessions:

Wednesday, September 11th, 6:30pm
Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:30pm
Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 Douth Dakota Avenue NE

More information sessions, including one with support in Spanish, are being scheduled.

RSVP to or call 202-709-7038 if you are interested in attending an info session.

Staff, board, and Grantmaking Team members will also be available at the Diverse City Fund grantee celebration on Wednesday, September 25, to answer questions.