DMV Power

Application Process

We use a three-step application process in the hopes of creating an efficient, streamlined, and less burdensome experience for both applicants and reviewers.

  • STEP 1: Take the Eligibility Quiz, which will determine if your organization should apply for this grant. The quiz should only take a few minutes. If you answer “No” to any of the questions, you are not eligible to submit an application.
  • STEP 2: If you answer “Yes” to all the questions in the Eligibility Quiz, proceed to completing the online Letter of Intent (LOI) by October 2, 2019.
      • Create an account or log in: Go to and set up an account with information about your organization and a username and password. If you already have an account, use your existing username and password to login.
      • Complete the required questions: Required questions are marked with an asterisk. There are no word limits when answering questions; the provided numbers are suggestions.
      • Submit your LOI: Required questions are marked with an asterisk. There are no word limits when answering questions; the provided numbers are suggestions.
  • STEP 3: All decisions around the next step for applicants will be communicated via email by November 1, 2019. If you are invited for a Video Site Visit, you will be asked to select a 90-minute time slot in November for a virtual meeting with representatives from our grant review team.

Review Criteria

A panel of individuals with proximity to issues related to the DMV Power Fund, alongside with Foundation board and staff, will review and assess LOIs and participate in video site visits. Strong proposals will come from organizations that demonstrate:

  • A core commitment to advancing racial equity through their programs, operations, and governance.
  • A dedication to building power for constituents and creating space for their voices, experiences, and stories to directly impact the work, progress, and future agenda of the organization.
  • An emphasis on inclusion for those with intersectional and multi-layered identities to participate in and contribute to the work of the organization.
  • Application of a framework of anti-black racism that acknowledges the depth of the history of oppression, discrimination, and violence that has impacted Black people specifically, while also acknowledging that structures and systems have been designed in direct opposition to blackness and how all individuals suffer as a result.
  • Key leadership roles for and engagement of those closest to the issue(s) the organization seeks to advance.
  • Intentional investments in developing the leadership capacity of constituents, staff, and board members.
  • Deep knowledge of the issues the organization is working to address.
  • Thoughtful strategies and tactics to advance the organization’s cause.
  • An intentional approach to partnership and collaboration.
  • Success in achieving goals and commitment to learning from both success and failure.
  • Organizational health as demonstrated through financial management, organizational development, and talent recruitment and management.