Hattie M. Strong Foundation Grant-Making Priorities

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation makes charitable grants to 501(c)(3) charities serving at-risk school-aged children enrolled in public or public charter schools in the city of Washington. Occasional grants are also made to organizations serving at-risk children in surrounding jurisdictions. The Strong Foundation’s current priority is to assist organizations that provide out-of-school-time (OST) programming during the after-school hours, Saturdays, and summers. Preference is given to programs that support, reinforce, and enrich the core academic objectives of the District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as character development, community service, good citizenship, and appreciation of the performing and visual arts.

The Strong Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited requests for grants. This decision makes it possible for the Foundation to direct more money to the community while reducing the burden on local charities. That said, the Foundation is always happy to receive information, such as newsletters and other materials, describing the work of local charities that provide OST programming.

Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and are made throughout the Foundation’s fiscal year which runs September 1 to August 31. Organizations under consideration for potential grants may be contacted for additional information by the Foundation. In some cases, the Foundation may ask to schedule a site visit.

Please contact Sue Bell at [email protected] for more information.*

* For a complete list of all grants awarded during the last fiscal year, please go to www.guidestar.org and review the Foundation’s 990PF.