For Applicants

Since 2004, Many Hands has granted more than $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in socioeconomic need in the Washington, DC area. We currently make four grants each year, one in each of our four focus areas–economic empowerment, education, health, and housing. Of the four annual grantees, one receives the Many Hands $100,000 Impact Grant, and three receive Many Hands Partner Grants, the value of which is determined by the total amount raised in membership contributions that year. In 2022, each Partner Grant was $67,000. To read about past Many Hands grant recipients, click here.

New for 2022: Please note that we have revised the maximum budget for grant recipients. Please review the Eligibility Requirements tab below to confirm that your organization is eligible for a Many Hands grant.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Applicants – 2022 Grant Cycle

Applications open: October 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

Application deadline: November 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Grant applications must be submitted electronically, using our Foundant(TM) platform.

Applicants will have two opportunities to ask questions prior to the application deadline:

    • Submit written questions by email to, October 1–15, 2021. Answers to submitted questions will be posted in the News section of the website on October 21, 2021.
    • Participate in a call, via Zoom, on October 19, 2021, at 10:00 am. Members of the Many Hands grants committee will be on hand to answer questions about eligibility requirements, grant priorities, and application software. To participate in the applicant call, register here.

2022 Grant Review Process

The Many Hands grant review and selection process is member driven. All applications will be evaluated and considered carefully, and the entire review process takes approximately five months. At any point in the review process, applicants may be contacted by a Many Hands member for clarification and/or additional information. Applicants will be notified if their proposal is not forwarded to the next level of review. Many Hands does not provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Eligibility Review
Through January 15, 2022

Applications are reviewed against the eligibility requirements and to ensure that applicants are considered in the appropriate focus area.

First Level Review
January through early March 2022

Many Hands member focus area committees review and discuss the merits of each application.

Site Visits
March through early April 2022

Each Many Hands focus area committee will invite approximately 5–6 applicants to host a site visit for Many Hands members.

Financial Review
April through May 2022

Up to three applicants will be asked by each Many Hands focus area committee to submit updated financial information and answer any final questions from the financial review committee.

Funding Decisions
May 2022

Each focus area committee will select one grant recipient. At the Many Hands Annual Meeting, each grantee will make a brief presentation and answer questions from Many Hands members. Following the presentations, a vote of the Many Hands membership will determine the recipient of the $100,000 Impact Grant. The remaining grantees will receive Partner Grants, the amount of which will be determined prior to the Annual Meeting.

Grant Disbursement
Late May to Early June

Grants will be disbursed in a single payment following the execution of a grant agreement. Grant recipients will be asked to participate in Many Hands publicity efforts.

Many Hands is committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in socioeconomic need. Without exception, applicants that do not meet the following eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Population Served:

  • Many Hands grant funds must be used to serve women, children, and/or families in socioeconomic need.
  • Many Hands grant funds must be used to serve residents of one or more of the following areas:
    • District of Columbia
    • Montgomery County, MD
    • Prince George’s County, MD
    • Arlington County, VA
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • Alexandria City (VA)
    • Fairfax City (VA)
    • Falls Church City (VA)

Applicant Organization:

  • The organization must have 501(c)3 status at the time of application.
  • The organization must have been in operation for at least five years.
  • The organization (not the program for which the application is being made) must have an established operating budget of at least $500,000 and no more than $6 million, based on the current-year budget and total expenditures in the previous fiscal year.
  • The organization must be located in the service area. If the organization is a chapter or affiliate of a national organization, it must have a local address, an independent budget, and a local board of directors with fiduciary responsibilities.
  • The organization must be secular and non-partisan in mission and program and should not promote or compel political or religious participation or affiliation.

Special Considerations:

  • Charter schools are ineligible.
  • Recipients of the Many Hands Partner Grant in 2021 are ineligible to apply in the 2021 grant cycle.
  • Any organization that has received $100,000 or more in total Many Hands funding is ineligible to apply for additional funding.

Yes, so long as your program serves primarily women, children, and/or families.  For example, a program that serves 70% women and 30% men is eligible to receive a Many Hands grant. 

No. We accept applications only from organizations that have been in operation for five years or more. We look forward to receiving your application once you have reached the five-year mark.

Yes. We ask each applicant to designate the focus area that best fits the program for which it is seeking funding: economic empowerment (formerly job readiness), education, health, or housing. If we have questions about your selection of a focus area, we will contact you.

We will review your application to determine whether you meet our eligibility criteria and will contact you if we have any questions. We will notify all organizations of our decisions regarding eligibility by January 15, 2021.

Click on the link to our online portal, which will be posted on this page from October 1 through November 1, and enter the following information:

  • An email address (This will be your username and user account ID.)
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization’s information, including EIN/Tax ID number
  • Contact information for the organization’s executive director

If you applied for a grant in the 2019-20 grant cycle, you have already created an account in Foundant, which you may continue to use. If you applied in a prior cycle, you must now create an online account.

At Many Hands, we greatly appreciate the time and effort expended in submitting an application for funding and review all applications with care. We regret that we are unable to fund all the worthy initiatives that we review or to provide feedback on applications that do not result in funding. However, we do encourage organizations to reapply, and we have seen many organizations become grantees after unsuccessful attempts in previous years. We also welcome your suggestions for improvements to our grant process at

We will begin accepting applications for the 2023 grant cycle in the fall of 2022.

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