Cafritz Foundation Grants

Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

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Next deadline: Jul 1, 2024 2:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Nov 1, 2024 2:00pm PDT, Mar 1, 2025 2:00pm PST, Jul 1, 2025 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $250,000

Fields of work: Civic Engagement & Education Homelessness Services Child Foster Care & Adoption Services Juvenile Justice Education Marine/Ocean Conservation Food Access & Hunger Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Art & Culture Homeownership Economic Services & Development After School /Summer Educational Programs HIV/AIDS Humanities & Social Science Affordable Housing Supportive Housing & Shelters Financial Literacy Youth Development & Leadership Academic Success & Enrichment Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Parks & Public Spaces Freshwater Conservation Environmental Contamination & Pollution Land/Habitat Conservation Health & Medicine Dental Health Health Care Access & Delivery Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria City, Arlington County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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The Foundation seeks to be responsive to community issues and needs. Our process is highly competitive and is open to new projects and new organizations. The following summary, Examples of our Grant-Making, is offered to help guide applicants. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive description and may, as appropriate, change over time, we hope that the following will suggest the kind of meaningful work in which the Foundation is seeking to invest.

Generally, the Foundation looks to support work that improves the lives of DC-area residents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and underserved individuals. We encourage organizations that provide comprehensive services and work towards systemic change, which addresses all levels of, and all who are affected by, the issue. The goal is that all in the region become self-sufficient and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. We search for nonprofits that also employ effective partnering and show cultural competence in engaging effectively with communities and people of various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. On occasion, the Foundation invests directly in strengthening the nonprofit sector by helping current grantees to build organizational capacity and by supporting advocacy and other efforts.

Grants are made in five program areas:

Arts and Humanities

The Foundation recognizes the intrinsic value of the Arts and Humanities, as well as their power to innovate and create social change. The funds distributed support an array of artistic disciplines, as well as organizations that promote the humanities. These nonprofits demonstrate the depth and breadth of their initiatives, including how to meaningfully engage communities that have been historically underrepresented in the Arts and Humanities.

Community Services - The Community Services portfolio includes, but is not limited to:

  • Community Development
    • The Foundation seeks to ensure access to safe housing and economic development across the region. These awards support affordable housing production and preservation, services for people experiencing homelessness or housing instability, programs to address wealth disparities, as well as civic engagement and volunteerism.
  • Children, Youth and Families
    • Grants in this area help young people improve their academic performance, gain employment, develop relationships with trusted adults and make connections to the larger community. The Foundation prioritizes programs that promote youth voice, empowering young people to advocate for change within their schools and communities.
  • Justice
    • The Foundation seeks to ensure access to justice for all individuals in order to create a more equitable region. These grants support civil legal aid, services to survivors of violence, efforts to help people stay out of the criminal justice system and advocacy for system reform.
  • Workforce Development
    • The Foundation supports organizations that focus on specific fields and career pathways as well as those that concentrate on broader job- and career-readiness.
  • Capacity Building
    • The Foundation supports capacity building organizations that improve the sustainability, quality and impact of nonprofits in the region.


The Foundation recognizes that a high-quality and equitable education system can reduce barriers to opportunity and transform lives. These grants aim to ensure that from the first day children enter an early childhood setting, to the day they receive a technical certificate or a degree, they are receiving an education that is founded in strong relationships, responds to their unique needs, and equips them with the skills they need to thrive and succeed in life.


The Foundation strives to restore and protect our region’s natural resources so that all individuals can have equal access to clean water, air and land. These grants focus on the restoration and protection of local parks, the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Grants to environmental education and stewardship programs for people of all ages create greater awareness of the dangers of an unhealthy environment and the need to protect open natural spaces.

Health & Wellness

The Foundation takes a holistic view of health and wellness to ensure that across the region people of all ages can live healthier lives, regardless of income or zip code. These grants include healthcare provision and supportive services, food and nutrition, as well as coalition building and advocacy.

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  • IRS-registered, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations with a public charity status of 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) only.
  • These organizations must serve residents in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia.


  • In addition, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation does not generally fund the following projects:
    • Capital campaigns
    • Endowments
    • Multi-year grants
    • Special events or tables for special events
  • Please also note, the Foundation does not fund:
    • Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS
    • Private Foundations
    • Public charities with a non-private foundation status of 509(a)(3)
    • Individuals
    • Organizations whose missions fall outside our Funding Priorities
    • Organizations serving residents outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area (see Eligibility Quiz)

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This page was last reviewed February 19, 2024 and last updated February 19, 2024