For Applicants

Since 2004, Many Hands has granted more than $2.8 million to nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in socioeconomic need in the Washington, DC area. We currently make four grants each year, including one in each of 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 dependent on annual fundraising. In 2023, each Partner Grant was $70,000. To read about past Many Hands grant recipients, click here.

Many Hands provides unrestricted funding (which may be used for operating, program, or capital expenses) to well managed and financially viable local organizations that operate effective programs and services. Successful applicants will be able to describe how a Many Hands grant will have an impact on organizational and/or programmatic capacity that leads to an increased ability to help the intended beneficiaries.

Selected FAQs

Many Hands supports organizations serving women, children, and families in socioeconomic need. Organizations that serve only men or primarily men are not eligible for funding.

No. Our budget requirements apply to the organization that is seeking funding; not a specific program or project that may be the subject of the funding request.

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.

Many Hands will review your application to determine whether your organization meets all eligibility criteria, and will contact you if we have questions. We will notify all applicants about the outcome of the eligibility review by mid-January 2023.

Click on the link to our online portal, which will be posted on the Many Hands website grants page from September 30, 2022, at 9:00 am, through November 18, 2022, 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 Many Hands grant after 2019, you have already created an account in Foundant, which you may continue to use. If you applied for a Many Hands grant prior to 2019, you must now create an online account.

Latest News

The 2023 grant cycle application is now closed.

 We will begin accepting applications for the next grant cycle in January 2024. Join our mailing list to receive updates on Many Hands’ grant process.

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