Who we are

The Anacostia River corridor within the District of Columbia is comprised of 15 miles of shoreline, 1,200 acres of green space, and several adjacent neighborhoods on the river’s east side in Wards 7 and 8. Many of the residents in these neighborhoods are low-income.

The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) is a coalition of community-based and citywide nonprofit organizations interested in working collectively to catalyze and assist the transformation of the Anacostia River Corridor in the District of Columbia.

APACC is made up of organizations from east and west of the river which provide local, regional, and national leadership on environmental and community development issues. Our individual missions are diverse (including social service, environmental advocacy, religion and economic development), but we share an objective to achieve socially, environmentally and economically vibrant civic spaces along a clean river adjacent to healthy, sustainable, diverse, and exemplary communities. APACC is dedicated to diversifying and increasing the participation of non-profit organizations and residents who have not traditionally been involved in the overlap of water quality, neighborhood development and green space.

More than half of the Collaborative includes indigenous organizations that are supported and run by local leaders and have deep roots in the communities in Wards 7 and 8. APACC’s objective is to expand our combined capacity for change to be more than the sum of our members’ individual impact.

The Collaborative is in part supported by the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network's Capacity Building Initiative. The Initiative is a three year, comprehensive program of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network that provides support to watershed organizations and Riverkeepers through grants, one-on-one training, networking, and tailored technical assistance to increase the operational effectiveness of these organizations.