Since 2004, Many Hands has granted more than $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in need in the Washington, DC area. We currently make four grants each year, one in each of our four focus areas–education, health, housing, and job readiness. 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 that year. In 2019, each Partner Grant was $58,500. To read about past Many Hands grant recipients, click here.

For the 2020 grant cycle, we are accepting grant applications from 9:00 am on October 1, 2019 to 11:59 pm on November 15, 2019. All grant applications must be submitted through our online portal. During the application submission period, a button with a link to our portal will appear at the end of this section.

Please read our Eligibility Requirements and our focus area definitions carefully before you apply. We will take written questions about our eligibility requirements, focus areas, process, and application from October 1 through October 15. Please send your questions to us at grants@manyhandsdc.org. We will aggregate the questions and post responses in the News section of our website on October 21, 2019. This will be the only opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions. We will not be able to address questions or concerns outside this two-week window.

Once the November 15 application deadline has passed, we will review all applications to ensure that applicants meet our eligibility requirements and have applied to the appropriate focus area. As part of this process, you may be contacted by a Many Hands reviewer. We will notify all applicants of their status by January 15, 2020.

Applications that pass our initial screening will move on to our Focus Area Committees, which will review applications from late January into March. During this time, a committee member may contact you to request additional information or clarification. Based on its review, each Focus Area Committee will select several organizations for site visits. Site visits usually take place in March and early April. If your organization is not selected for a site visit, you will be notified by mid-March.

Following the site visits, each Focus Area Committee will select its semifinalists. The semifinalists will be asked to submit additional financial information for review by an accounting firm acting on behalf of Many Hands. Organizations that have received a site visit but are not selected as semifinalists will be notified by mid-April.

In early May, upon completion of the financial review, the Focus Area Committees will each select one applicant as its finalist and notify the other semifinalists of their status. All four finalist organizations will receive a Many Hands grant.

In mid-May, the four finalist organizations will have the opportunity to make brief presentations and answer questions from Many Hands members at our Annual Meeting. Our members will then vote to determine which organization will receive the Many Hands $100,000 Impact Grant. Partner Grants will be awarded to the three remaining finalists.

Grants will be disbursed in a single payment following the execution of a grant agreement in late May or early June. Grant recipients may be asked to participate in Many Hands publicity, evaluation, and donor education events. Grant recipients will be required to submit a report one year after receiving a Many Hands grant.

2019

October 1 Application window opens at 9:00 am.
October 1 through 15 Applicants are invited to submit written questions about our requirements and process.
October 21 Answers to submitted questions will be posted in the News section of our website.
November 15 Application window closes at 11:59 pm.
November 16 Grants Committee begins eligibility review.

2020

January 15 Grants Committee completes eligibility review. All applicants will be notified of their status.
Late January Focus Area Committees begin reviewing applications.
March through Early April Focus Area Committees conduct site visits at selected organizations. Organizations not moving forward will be notified by mid-March.
April Focus Area Committees select their semifinalists. Organizations not moving forward will be notified by mid-April.
Mid April Semifinalist organizations submit additional financial materials for review.
Early May Focus Area Committees select one finalist per committee. Organizations not moving forward will be notified immediately.
May 14 At the Many Hands Annual Meeting, finalist organizations make brief presentations and take questions; Many Hands members vote to determine which organization receives the Many Hands $100,000 Impact Grant; Partner Grants are awarded to the three other finalists.
Late May through Early June Grant agreements are executed with each grantee, and grants are disbursed.

Many Hands is committed to “making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in need.” Therefore, applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for a Many Hands grant:

Population Served:

  • The organization or the program for which it is seeking funding must serve primarily women, children, and/or families in socioeconomic need.
  • The organization must commit to use any Many Hands funding 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)

Organization:

  • The organization must have 501(c)3 status. Organizations whose status is pending are not eligible.
  • 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 a budget of at least $500,000 ($450,000 in cash) and no more than $10 million.
  • If the organization is a chapter or affiliate of a national organization, it must have a local, independent budget AND a local board of directors with fiduciary responsibilities. Local advisory or fundraising boards do not satisfy this condition.
  • 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 $100,000 Impact Grant are ineligible.
  • Recipients of the Many Hands Partner Grant (less than $100,000) in 2019 are ineligible to apply in the 2020 grant cycle. They are eligible to apply in future grant cycles.

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: education, health, housing, or job readiness. 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, 2020.

Click on the link to our online portal, which will be posted on this page from October 1 through November 15, 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

Yes. We are using a new system for accepting applications. All applicants 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 grants@manyhandsdc.org.

We are not currently accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle on October 1, 2019.

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