Reframing <Washington>

Request For Proposals

The Reframing <Washington> program area explores and advances efforts to change how the greater Washington region sees and therefore transforms itself, particularly in terms of how power, opportunity, and potential flow and are distributed. It is our belief that this reframing can lead to system-level change to advance racial equity and positive, community-driven outcomes for all the region’s residents.

The 2017-2018 Empowerment Fund is the inaugural grantmaking initiative of the Reframing <Washington> program area. The fund supports small, community-based organizations in the DC region engaged in advocacy, organizing, and/or civic engagement to advance equity for some of our most marginalized and underserved populations. Specifically, the fund supports efforts to redistribute economic, political, and social power to communities of color, those closest to incarceration, immigrants, and refugees.

The Weissberg Foundation invited eligible organizations to review our RFP and submit proposals.


We seek the following outcomes in this first round of Empowerment Fund grants:

  • For our Community

    • Power
      People of color, those closest to incarceration, immigrants, and refugees are more empowered to advance equitable outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • For our Grantees

    • Visibility
      Organizations giving voice and opportunity to historically marginalized populations—particularly those organizations closest to and led by members of the communities they serve—are more visible and attractive to talent, funders, and other potential collaborators
    • Strength
      Organizations are better positioned to meet their goals to advance equity because they are better resourced to work effectively.
  • For our Foundation

    • Understanding
      The Foundation deepens our knowledge about systems change to advance equity and grows our relationships with organizations and individuals working to advance it.
    • Strategy
      The Foundation is better positioned to build a longer term, more comprehensive, and more effective strategy to support community-driven efforts to advance equity in the Washington region.

Grant Awards

The Weissberg Foundation expects to award 10-12 grants in the amount of $10,000-20,000 each. The grant period will run from February 2018 – February 2019. Grants will support general operating expenses, unless funding is requested to support advocacy, organizing or civic engagement efforts specifically.


For more information about the Reframing Empowerment Fund, please contact Corinne Goudreault at 703-276-7500 ext. 20 or