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Bowser Administration Announces $1.2 Million in Grant Awards to Non-Profit, Community Organizations
DC) – Today, the Bowser Administration announced 25 awardees of the City Innovation Fund’s Safer, Stronger DC Community Opportunity Grant Competition. The grants, which total $1.2
million, are part of Mayor Bowser’s Safer, Stronger DC initiative.
together with community organizations to take a smart, holistic approach to public safety, we are building on our progress and providing more Washingtonians and neighborhoods the opportunities and
resources they need to thrive,” said Mayor Bowser.
The 25 organizations were selected through an independent grant-making process managed by the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Selected organizations serve children, youth, and families in
the following selected priority Police Service Areas (PSA): 302, 304, 305, 404, 506, 507, 602, 603, 604, 702, 704, 705 and 706. These PSAs encompass the neighborhoods of Columbia Heights, Brightwood
Park, Trinidad, Carver/Langston, Deanwood/Lincoln Heights, Fort Dupont, Benning Ridge/Marshall Heights, Fort Stanton/Garfield Heights/Woodland, Douglass, Congress Heights, and Washington Highlands.
The grant period is for one year.
“These general operating grants will help build and enhance the internal capacity and operations of community organizations doing critical work in our neighborhoods with some of the hardest to reach
and most at-risk residents,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung.
In all, 106 organizations applied for funding this round. This year, the Bowser Administration continued to offer technical assistance with the grant process through a partnership with Project 500.
Project 500 is a business development program to help diverse businesses and nonprofits scale in terms of revenue, staff, and investment retained.
“This final slate of City Innovation Fund grantees represents the diversity and complexity of issues facing our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of the Greater
Washington Community Foundation. “These organizations have demonstrated their capacity and commitment to providing access, equity and opportunity to all. The Community Foundation will continue to
support the District of Columbia Government in its efforts to ensure that all residents benefit from the city’s economic growth and prosperity.”
The following organizations are being awarded grants:
Community Services Agency of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO
D.C. Law Students in Court Program, Inc.
D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, Inc.
Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC
Excel Automotive Institute
Exodus Treatment Center, Inc.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Healthy Babies Project, Inc.
Innercity Collaborative Community Development Corporation on behalf of Saving our Next Generation (SONG)
Jah Kente International
Just 4 Us Foundation, Inc.
Latin American Youth Center
Metro DC Community Center DBA Latino Queer Bilingual Writing Group
My Sister’s Place
Nomis Youth Network
One Common Unity
Sasha Bruce Youthwork Inc.
Teens Run DC
Urban Ed, Inc.
Young Ladies of Tomorrow
“We are extremely grateful to receive this grant award,” said Pastor Gary Hill, Executive Director of Exodus Treatment Center, Inc. “The Woodland Terrace community has suffered more than its fair
share of violent crime and related trauma. We serve as a safe haven of opportunity. Our programming mitigates idle time by providing productive and supervised training and activities for the
community. This grant will provide the necessary resources to increase and build capacity for our pre-apprentice program.”
The disbursement of grant payments is contingent on organizations successfully satisfying all District of Columbia business and tax requirements.
Write About Now-Voices of DC Youth Program. JFUF assisted over 17th youth to become published authors. With this program, youth learned marketing, entrepreneurship and financial
literacy. DC's own DJ and Youth Advocate DJ Flava, supported the endeavor by visiting the youth and writing the forward for the book. The youth were also visited by local
- A Taste of
Theater-Trip to Chicago- JFUF chaperoned youth to Chicago to perform part of the Courage to Stand Up production. The youth were able to participate in workshops, showcase their talent
as well as learn about the business of theater.
- The Courage to Stand Up Stage
Play- Andree Harris allowed youth from different areas to cross boundaries and put on an anti-bullying production. it was 2 shows and it was a huge success
- Fox 5 News Interview-
Andree Harris and Actor/Anti-Bullying Advocate Tray Chaney talked about anti-bullying and how they could come together with community partners and put an end to it.
Pre Mothers Day Fundraiser Stage Play- Secrets 2 In The Midst of It All Written by our Founder. Proceeds supported the Summer Camp Writing Program
Womens Empowerment Summit- This summit was geared to support women from all walks of life. Women dealt with physical, emotional and spiritual issues, through
workshops and forums.
Overcomers Award Ceremony
The following individuals were recipients of the Overcomers Award:
- Trymane West-Alexander
- Andraea LaVant
- Karen Lopez
- Vincent Fong Jr
- Bridgette Fludd
- Cherri King
- De'Anthony Harris
- Rochelle Harrod
- Andraea LaVant
- Karen Lopez
- Shannon Minnick
- A clean comedy and talent showcase was held in their honor with: “Kiss My Bumper” Howard G., Divine Diva of Comedy Cassandra Archer, R & B Recording artist
Melvin Richardson and Gospel Sensation Rachel Israel. All-star Comedian Michael Nathan and Disney’s Pixar’s voiceover, Celebrity Host & Actress Cassie Gainey hosted the
-Fundraiser Stage Play- Secrets of the Red Envelope, written by JFUF Founder, portions of proceeds supported programs for at-risk youth and children with special
In August 2014 the Maryland Association of Student Council selected the Just 4 Us Foundation to be their charity for 2014- 2015. We would like to thank (MASC) for choosing
our organization as your charity of the year! JFUF made several appearances throughout Maryland Association of Student Council events. At the end of the program, students sent a box of over 300
cards to JFUF to encourage the youth and the staff.