Dupont Circle Citizens Association
Statement of Purpose
The Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1922 to promote and protect the interests of the residents of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. DCCA donates money to and raises money for projects and organizations that further its mission. DCCA anticipates having $7,000-$15,000 available for grants each year, and expects that most applications will request less than $750, except for well-justified purposes. Examples of recent DCCA grants include those to neighborhood organizations that serve individuals who are homeless or have mental illness, such as Charlie’s Place and Green Door, grants to neighborhood organizations such as Dupont Circle Village and Dupont Festival for programs and events, and to the Ross Elementary School PTA for playground equipment.
Priority categories for grants include the following areas:
Please contact the associated Committee Chairperson(s) or an Officer of the DCCA Board of Directors for additional information as needed.
Each fall DCCA’s Board of Directors will set goals and priorities for its grant giving. Applications for grants to support an organization’s ongoing activities are due by December 1st annually. Each Committee Chairperson(s) will oversee grant applications relevant to his or her committee and provide funding recommendations to the Board. The Board will act on these recommendations at its January meeting, with decisions provided by the 1st week of February.
Organizations may also submit grant applications for one-time events or needs throughout the year. The Board will act on such applications on a rolling basis, with decisions typically provided in two months.
The Board will follow these guidelines with respect to its grants:
Interested organizations may submit requests for grants by completing the DCCA Grant Proposal Form, which
requests the information listed below. Proposals for grants for $750 or less require information specified in items 1-8. For requests of more than $750, the information in item 9 is required from organizations applying to DCCA for the first time. The information must be supplied by the proposing organization or the appropriate DCCA Committee Chairperson(s).
Accountability by Recipient
If the funds are not used within the time frame envisioned in the proposal or a reasonable approximation thereof, or are used for purposes other than those specified in the grant recipient’s Grant Proposal Form, the recipient must reimburse DCCA for the funds.
Accountability by DCCA
DCCA will give an account of its grant giving activities as part of the Treasurer's report to membership at its annual meeting. The account of charitable activities will be published on DCCA’s web site, and may also be publicized in other DCCA announcements and publications.