Cooperatives have a rich and long history in the D.C. Metropolitan area. The D.C. Co-op Impact Grant seeks to build on this history by supporting the growth of emerging cooperatively owned businesses. The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, with support from Citi Community Development, is excited to announce a partnership with Capital Impact Partners for the inaugural D.C. Co-op Impact Grant. Through the grant, we seek to encourage the growth of quality jobs, sustainable businesses, leadership development, and asset building through the cooperative model in communities of color and/or historically disinvested communities.

Building on the success of Capital Impact Partners’ national Co-op Innovation Award, this grant program will build capacity for local cooperative community-driven initiatives in the Washington, D.C. region. Eight $5,000 grants will be awarded to emerging cooperatively owned businesses to advance cooperative development led by communities of color, people with low incomes, and/or workers with low wages. 

Cooperatively owned food businesses at all stages of development are encouraged to apply, but all co-ops will be considered. Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 31, 2020. Final grant decisions will be made by May 8th, 2020.  For more information, you are invited to attend:

-Webinar: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2pm ET.      

Video: Phone: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 9128/ Webinar ID: 729 664 601                                                                                           

-In-person grant information session: Wednesday March 4, 2020 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. at the Benning/Dorothy Height Library .  Click here to RSVP and for more information.   

 Further questions can be directed to Jennifer Bryant at

Capital Impact Partners