Neighbor to Neighbor

About the Program

Neighbor-to-Neighbor is a small grants program that was launched in 2019 to provide funding for community-based groups and organizations within nine specific neighborhoods in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. The program’s design, implementation, and decision-making is driven by DC residents who either live or work in communities in Ward 8.

Organizations and groups must address the following funding priorities and eligibility criteria (described below) in order to be considered for funding.


Funding Priorities

For the 2019 round of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, the Grantmaking Team will support organizations and groups that:

  • Develop and Build Self- Efficacy of Youth and Adults

    • Unearth and maximize the innate skills of students

    • Advocate for and teach Black history in schools

    • Offer conflict-resolution training and resources for youth

    • Empower youth and adults to develop positive narratives about themselves and their community

  • Empower Communities to be Self-Sustaining

    • Work to build relationships across generations

    • Address mental health challenges, such as PTSD and trauma

    • Offer self-help services and programs for parents and caretakers

    • Promote and address school safety

  • Outdoor and Community Discovery for Student and Youth

    • Build students’ confidences and get them excited about school

    • Give students engaging and relevant experiential opportunities to explore their talents

    • Offer opportunity for students and youth to explore nature outside of their communities


Eligibility Criteria

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program will support the following:

  • Small, local nonprofit organizations and groups that are located in and/or serve in the following Ward 8 communities: Anacostia, Buena Vista, Fort Stanton, Garfield Heights, Hillsdale, Knox Hill, Stanton Oaks, The Vistas, and Woodland.

  • Emerging groups (operating at least 12 months – volunteer experience can be used to meet the 12-month requirement)

  • Church programs

  • Established organizations that need extra support

  • Organizations and groups without 501c3 status may apply but must obtain a fiscal sponsor in the event a grant is awarded.

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program will not support the following:

  • Groups that are not meeting a need within the community

  • Groups that have been in existence for less than 12 months  


Application Deadline

MAY 31, 2019

Award notifications will be made in late June.

Grant Info Sessions


Monday, April 29, 2019 
6:30—7:30 PM 

Monday, May 13, 2019 
6:30—7:30 PM 

The Commons
2375 Elvans Road
Washington, DC 20020 



A total of $15,000 will be awarded this year. Grants will range from $500 to $3,000.