Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Our grants program helps nonprofits better share your story, inspire your audience, and serve DC residents in a meaningful way.

This is a capacity-building opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes. We know how tough it can be for nonprofits to find ways to cut through the noise. With the Covid pandemic turning the world upside down, many nonprofits are struggling to overcome funding challenges, reach donors, and serve their beneficiaries in the first place.

This grant helps you do just that! Our storytelling experts work closely with you to produce a clear, concise, and compelling vision for how you're helping people through this crisis and beyond.


As a DCTV grantee, you get valuable benefits:

  • new professionally produced videos that tell your compelling story of impact
  • self-guided and virtual training to help you develop your media tactics and strategy
  • workshop and partnership opportunities with a dedicated group of nonprofit leaders like you

There is a minimal matching funds requirement which supports the administration of the grant program. It represents a tiny percentage of the operating budget of our professional television studio.

Applications for this period CLOSE November 13, 2020

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Virtual Info Session

In this engaging webinar, we will walk you through the benefits and the application process for DCTV's Capacity Building Grants. Join us to learn about the program and get started on your application.

Please join us!

Thursday, October 28, 2020, 2-3:30 pm [Register online HERE]

The grant application is easy and straightforward, and the grant provides incredible value for the minimal required match.

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Grant Benefits

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DCTV Capacity Building Grant FAQs

DCTV Application Reference Guide

DCTV's Grant Award Winners:

Inaugural Class Fall 2019 Capacity Building Grant Winners

Announcing Spring 2020 Winner Lineup Soon!

The DCTV capacity building grant program offers eligible nonprofits an array of benefits that build organizational communications and storytelling capability and provides an ongoing presence on cable television. We designed these grants to offer training and expert guidance to the nonprofit community, which enables you to robustly expand your impact within the DC community.

“Grant Level” is the amount of money your organization contributes to receive the grant. The grant term is initially one year and requires a very small organizational match. DCTV will provide documentation so that you can appropriately record “in-kind” services in your financial records. Grants may be extended or renewed with DCTV approval.