Nonprofit Capacity Grants

Applications for Spring 2020 Capacity Building Grants are open!

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Applications close December 18, 2019, at 11:59pm

To learn more, please attend an information session at our studios in Brookland. There is one starting soon, so you can start your application ASAP.

Interactive Introduction to Capacity Building Grants
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 2-4 pm [RSVP HERE]

DCTV Studios:
901 Newton Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

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The grant application is easy and straightforward, and the grant provides incredible value for the minimal required match. Watch this quick video to learn more:

Check out all the grant benefits in the following table.

CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT BENEFITS

Grant Levels BRONZE SILVER GOLD
Grant Value $10,000-$25,000 $25,000-$35,000 $35,000-$60,000
Match Amount DC-based: $750

Outside DC: $1,000
DC-based: $1,250

Outside DC: $1,750
DC-based: $2,500

Outside DC: $3,500
 
Grant Benefits
  BRONZE SILVER GOLD
AIRTIME
  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) AIRING One (1) distinct PSA

(aired throughout program schedule)
Up to two (2) distinct PSAs

(aired throughout program schedule)
Up to three (3) distinct PSAs

(primetime placement throughout)
  PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT Appearance on DCTV’s Impact Moment Feature appearance on a DCTV-produced flagship show Two feature appearances on a DCTV-produced flagship show
  PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT PROMOS n/a Advanced promotion of Program Spotlight Advanced promotion of Program Spotlight (primetime placement)
  COMMUNITY CALENDAR Priority placement for on-air listing of your events in the Community Bulletin
  PRE-PACKAGED CONTENT Schedule, promote, televise, stream your organization's pre-packaged content and/or programming
CREATIVE SERVICES
  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) DEVELOPMENT DIY resource toolkit for self-production Consultation call and resources for guided self-production PSA production by DCTV
  FEATURED MINI-DOCUMENTARY n/a n/a One DC Story, a 3-5 minute documentary of your work in the District (counts as one of your two Program Spotlights)
  CONTENT REPACKAGING

FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
n/a Up to two (1) repackaged clips from DCTV shows Up to three (2) repackaged clips from DCTV shows
TRAINING
  REVENUE ENERGIZER TRAINING The Revenue Energizer will equip you to tell stories of transformation that drive impact and increase revenue.
  MOBILE MEDIA TRAINING Instruction on creating and optimizing videos on cell phones and tablets using latest editing apps.
EVENTS
  VOICE AWARDS One (1) complimentary ticket Two (2) complimentary tickets Three (3) complimentary tickets
  NETWORKING EVENTS Access to exclusive gatherings for DCTV grantees and community partners
STAFF ACCESS
  AUTHORIZED DESIGNEES Primary contact, plus one (1) Primary contact, plus two (2) Primary contact, plus three (3)
  VOLUNTEER NETWORK Access to exclusive list of DCTV-trained and certified volunteer producers and crew
 
Additional Discounts
  BRONZE SILVER GOLD
CREATIVE SERVICES
  IN-HOUSE, OFF-SITE, AND/OR POST- PRODUCTION 5% discount on creative services 10% discount on creative services 15% discount on creative services
TRAINING
  MEDIA EDUCATION CLASSES 5% discount on all class registrations 10% discount on all class registrations 15% discount on all class registrations
  CUSTOM MEDIA EDUCATION 15% discount on custom production workshop or consultation
FACILITIES
  EVENT SPACE 5% discount on renting event space 10% discount on renting event space 20% discount on renting event space
  STUDIOS (SET OR GREEN SCREEN) 4 guaranteed hours per grant cycle* 10 guaranteed hours per grant cycle* 16 guaranteed hours per grant cycle*
  EDITING BAYS 8 guaranteed hours per grant cycle* 16 guaranteed hours per grant cycle* 24 guaranteed hours per grant cycle*
  EQUIPMENT RENTAL (OFF-SITE) Two (2) guaranteed days per grant cycle* Four (4) guaranteed days per grant cycle* Six (6) guaranteed days per grant cycle*
NOTE: *Any use of studios and facilities requires prior training and certification by DCTV and does not include creative support.
Additional time for studio use, editing bays, and equipment rental may be granted on request, subject to availability.
STAFF ACCESS
  ADDITIONAL DESIGNEES $40 each $30 each $20 each

 

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DCTV Capacity Building Grant FAQs

DCTV Capacity Building Grant Benefit Descriptions

DCTV Capacity Building Grant Benefit Matrix

 

DCTV's Inaugural Class Fall 2019:

Capacity Building Grant Winners

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.