Grant Application Guidelines

The mission of the Takoma Foundation is to make grants that promote a socially, environmentally, economically and culturally healthy Takoma Park community. The Takoma Foundation supports a dynamic, vibrant community that is inclusive, accepting, supportive and understanding.

The Foundation seeks proposals that:

  • encourage and involve resident participation in community life;
  • build connections between people;
  • empower community-based groups to address immediate community concerns; and
  • provide opportunities for community residents that would not be possible otherwise.

The Foundation strives to allocate funding in the most diverse, fair, and strategic way possible. Precedence is given to proposals that:

  • contribute to a stronger Greater Takoma Park community;
  • provide a benefit that would not be achieved without the grant;
  • appear logical, practical, and ready to be implemented;
  • address the needs of low and moderate-income residents; and
  • provide accountability for achieving results.

Classifications

Depending on the needs of the current grant cycle, one or more of the following grant types may be offered.

Project Support

Project Grants are designed to support a specific project or activity proposed by the grantee organization. Note that as of 2020—in response to changing needs due to the Covid-19 Pandemic as well as other issues—this type of grant has not been offered and will not be available until further notice.

Operating Support

General operating support grants are designed to support a nonprofit organization’s overarching mission. These grants are not restricted to specific projects or programs. They can be used to support utility bills, fundraising, board and leadership development, salaries, meeting expenses, materials, or a specific project—the discretion is left to the grantee.

Eligibility

  • The organization has current 501(c)3 status or has found an organization with 501(c)3 status that has agreed to act as a fiscal sponsor.
  • The work of the organization is well-aligned with the mission of the Takoma Foundation and addresses one or more of the Foundation’s priority areas (above).
  • Preference given to organizations with an annual budget of $100,000 or less. 

  • Preference will be given to organizations serving the following populations:
    • Underrepresented
    • Underserved
    • Community youth success
  • The organization principally serves the greater Takoma Park community. This includes the following neighborhoods:
    • City of Takoma Park
    • East Silver Spring
    • Takoma Langley
    • Long Branch
    • Takoma, DC
  • During the proposal review process, we may ask for a meeting with your organization to learn more about your organizational capacity and plans as well as how you think this grant will help you take your work to the next level.
  • An organization may only receive one grant of any type in a 12-month period. For example, if you received a grant in the Spring cycle, you will be eligible to apply again in the Fall cycle of the following year.

Application Process

When a grant cycle is open, links to operational and project grant applications will be made available under the “Grants” menu as well as on this page. Timeline information—proposal deadline and approximate decision and award dates—will be displayed as well.

When a new grant cycle has opened, an announcement will be shown on the Foundation website’s home page. Other modes of notification may also be used when applicable (such as e-mail and/or U.S. mail).

Complete and submit the web-based Takoma Foundation Grant Application, available at takomafoundation.org/grants. PDF applications or additional supporting documents to your web-based application may be sent via e-mail to grants@takomafoundation.com.

Limits

  • The amount your organization may request is based on the grant’s classification and set on a per-cycle basis. This limit will be clearly visible on each cycle’s application form.
  • Individuals and for-profit businesses do not qualify for grants offered by the Foundation. Applicants must meet the eligibility stated criteria above. If you are unsure whether or not your organization is eligible, please contact us at grants@takomafoundation.com.

Timeline

  • Proposals must be completed and submitted by the due date, as shown on the current cycle’s application form.
  • Funds are released as soon as possible after award decisions are made. The timing of each cycle’s distribution is dependent upon the processing schedule of our fiscal oversight partner (Greater Washington Community Foundation).

How We Operate

The Takoma Foundation is a public charity, operated as a donor-advised fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation for Montgomery County. The Takoma Foundation’s all-volunteer board raises money from the community to carry out Foundation activities. A committee of the board coordinates the grants process and makes recommendations to the Takoma Foundation board for grant awards.