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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A awards community grants in accordance with D.C. Code, § 1-309.13. as amended by D.C. Law 13-135, authorizing ANCs to award grants to organizations for public purposes.

General Guidelines

  • A grant request must provide goods and/or services that are public in nature and benefit

  • persons who reside within the ANC 4A Commission area.

  • A grant may not replicate services already provided by the District government.

  • Grant funds must be used for the purpose stated in the grant application/proposal.

  • Grant funds cannot be issued:

    • to individuals;

    • to “for-profit” organizations;

    • for political activities;

    • for food or entertainment activities or festivals

  • Grants can only be awarded to non-profit organizations.

Application Process

  1. A. Grant request must be made on an ANC 4A grant application form. Forms are available from the ANC 4A Chairperson, from your Single Member District (SMD) commissioner or here.

  2. Grant applicants, meeting the eligibility requirements, must present the completed applications/proposals orally to ANC4A consideration at a regularly scheduled ANC meeting. (Completed applications must be submitted to the ANC chairperson a minimum of15 days before the next regularly schedule monthly ANC meeting).

  3. Grant applicants will be notified of the date and time of the meeting where they will be required to present their proposal to the commission.

  4. The ANC will vote on eligible applications following the presentation by the grant applicant. If approved, applicants will receive the funds within 30 days of approval.

  5. Within 60 days following the approval of the grant, the grant recipient must submit to ANC 4A a statement verifying the use of the funds with receipts that support the expenditures. If the grant activity is not to occur during the first 60 days, ANC 4A can approve the grant but not release the check until the activity is to occur or check is needed. Upon release of the check the 60 day period begins.

Funding Available/Budget Period

Grants range from $100.00 to $3,000.00. Organizations are eligible to receive no more than

$3,000.00 from ANC 4A in a single fiscal year.

Criteria for evaluating grants

In deciding whether to approve a grant, the Commission may consider, by way of example and

not limitation, the following criteria:

  1. The number of persons and the diversity of groups to be served by the grant within ANC 4A;

  2. Whether the grant funds will be used to purchase items that will have a greater frequency of use and/or longevity of use;

  3. Whether the applicant will use District of Columbia vendors and or services to implement the purpose of the grant, unless those resources are unavailable in the neighborhood or District of Columbia;

  4. Whether or not the grant funds will be used to purchase green products and services; and

  5. Whether the grant will serve to better human well-being.


Grant recipients MUST PROVIDE A REPORT to the Commission on the status and use of grant

sixty days (60) following disbursement.


The report should include the following information:

  • Description of the use of grant funds

  • Description of benefits derived from grants

  • Copies of receipts, invoices, etc. to show/verify use of funds.

If receipts are not submitted to ANC 4A within the 60 day window, ANC 4A will first remind the grantee of the requirement; if still no response after two weeks, the Office of the DC Auditor will be notified. If the grantee still remains out of compliance, the matter will be referred to the Attorney General for the District of Colombia. ANY RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION THAT FAILS TO PROVIDE A REPORT WITHIN THE TIMEFRAME SPECIFIED BY THE

COMMISSION SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE GRANTS. Any grant funds awarded to a recipient that are not expended within sixty days of receipt must be returned to the Commission, unless the Commission votes otherwise. Any funds expended for purposes not authorized by the Commission must be reimbursed to the Commission.

Nullification and denial of a grant

A grant that is inconsistent with any statute or regulation of the United States or the District of Columbia is null and void to the extent of its inconsistency. The Commission is not liable for any costs incurred by the grant applicant in preparing or presenting the grant, or as a result of its approval or denial. The grant applicant must remit to the Commission any funds received in violation of statutes or regulations.

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