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Washington, DC Metropolitan area fact sheet

This page lists specific guidelines for community action grants in the Washington, DC Metro area.

Our service areas are:
District of Columbia
Maryland – Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties
Virginia – Alexandria, Falls Church, and counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun.

Deadlines for the Washington Metro Area:
We consider grant applications twice a year. Applications should be POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN February 28th or August 29th. (We do not accept proposals via email, messenger or hand delivery.)

Please note the following information prior to submitting a request. We prefer program support over general support, especially for organizations with operating budgets of $1 million or more.
Our priorities for the Washington metropolitan area:

Our average grant amount is in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.

As a rule, we generally do not consider Community Action Grants for:

What Community Action Grants do not fund

Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund.
As a result, grants will not be considered for the following purposes:

Grant Application

Please note:
• We do not consider consecutive year grants to an organization. If you received a grant in 2014, wait until 2016 to submit another proposal.

Send one original of your application form and proposal (no staples, copier ready please) to:

Sue Madden
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107

Your grant proposal must contain the following information:

  1. completed Gannett Foundation Grant Application Form 
  2. IRS letter of determination for 501(c)3 tax exemption
  3. one-page project budget, and a one-page summary organizational budget
  4. Project proposal of no more than three pages that includes:
    • needs statement
      • objectives of the project to be funded
      • whether the project is new or ongoing
      • constituency to be served
      • community and volunteer involvement
    • sustainability statement 
      • your organization's qualifications to carry out the project
      • how the project will be evaluated
      • plans for continued funding of the project, if applicable
      • list of other funding sources, committed and applied for
  5. one pertinent recent publication may also be included


Decisions: A committee of employees from USA TODAY, and Gannett Co., Inc. reviews all proposals within one month after each deadline. Applicants are notified by mail of final decisions about 90–120 days after deadlines. Please no phone or email inquiries.