Hello:

Congratulations! Your business has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Keeping It Cool - Round 2 Grant. Please complete the following form and provide the information and documentation that is requested. Both are required for your business to be considered as a recipient of the 2023 Keeping It Cool - Round 2 Grant. 

Grant recipients will be selected from the finalists through an examination of the information and documentation you provide by a grant review committee made up of representatives of the The Morningstar Foundation and the Nourish DC Collaborative partner organizations. Capital Impact Partners will administer the Keeping It Cool Grant.   

Timeline

  • The 2023 Keeping It Cool - Round 2 Grant - Business Finalist Required Documentation form must be submitted by March 1, 2024, 11:59pm EST
  • Grant finalists will be notified of the final grant decision by April 1, 2024
  • Grant letters of Intent and grant agreements will be sent to grant recipients after April 1, 2024
  • Grant recipients will receive grant funding within 30 days of Capital Impact Partners receiving the signed grant agreement

Required Documentation

  • Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, or similar formation documentation
  • Bylaws, Operating Agreement, or similar formation documentation
  • Business W-9 signed and dated after January 1, 2024
  • Certificate of Insurance (instructions are provided in the Submittable form)
  • Signed business 2022 Federal Tax Return that was submitted to the IRS
  • Business Income Statement for the period of January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023
  • Certificate of Good Standing or equivalent document dated after January 1, 2024 from the entity that registered the business, which could include a Certificate of Status in MD, a Certificate of Fact of Existence or Registration in VA, or a Certificate of Good Standing in Washington, DC

Please provide the information and documentation requested in this Submittable form by March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. You will need to either sign into Submittable using the username and password that were used to submit the grant application or create a new username and password.

Questions

  • If you have questions about the requested documentation, please contact Lindi Nguyen, Program Contracts & Operations Specialist, Capital Impact Partners, at lnguyen@capitalimpact.org, (314) 604-8237. 
  • If you have questions about the grant process, please contact Alison Powers, Director, Economic Opportunities, Capital Impact Partners, apowers@capitalimpact.org, (703) 647-2369.

Capital Impact Partners, part of the Momentus Capital family of organizations, is excited to announce that the application is now open for the Amazon Housing Equity Accelerator Fellowship (HEAF) through March 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. We plan to accept up to 13 participants. 

The program is an accelerator for diverse real estate developers intending to develop, execute, and complete housing projects in the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. HEAF provides opportunities to diverse real estate developers through a 17-month learning series, access to mentorship, technical assistance, and grants. 

 

Key Documents 

 

Key Dates

  • Application is open March 1st at 5:00 p.m. through March 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

No late applications will be accepted.

  • Interviews for semi-finalists will be held in late March.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be communicated in mid-April.
  • The tentative training schedule is Wednesday mornings between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST beginning April 24th through October 2025. Training dates are subject to change
  • Training will be hybrid, with sessions alternating between in-person and virtual, including several in-person events and network-building opportunities.

 

 Eligibility  Successful candidates for the program will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Moderate to advanced real estate developers engaged in development preferably on a full-time basis and in need of additional balance sheet capacity, networks, and specialized training topics to scale their business (part-time will be considered) 
  • Demonstrated, active, and verifiable development in Arlington, Virginia, and surrounding regional areas in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Loudoun and Prince William Counties, VA, may also be considered
  • Development pipeline of at least 1 - 2 active and verifiable projects at a minimum
  • Live in or near the greater DC Metropolitan area and have a strong connection to the city in which they are working
  • Ability to identify a source of equity or balance sheet position for the project with grants or investment
  • Demonstrated commitment to community development and neighborhood revitalization through work on active and affordable real estate development projects
  • Able to commit to scheduled hybrid training sessions (virtual and in-person) monthly for 4 - 5 hours
  • Able to commit to additional hours (advisor office hours, networking and program events, evaluations, ancillary opportunities, etc.) monthly (est. 2-4 hours per month)
  • Open to peer sharing and learning in a Cohort-based environment
  • A positive attitude with a commitment to and desire to learn and collaborate well with others


 

Additional skills assessment:

  • Affordable residential Multi-family for-sale and rental Development Financing Process
  • Financial/Pro Forma Modeling


 

Program Background

Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and with a local office in Arlington, Virginia, Capital Impact Partners has been supporting communities for over 40 years through capital investments, programs, policy work, and partnerships. As a community development financial institution that invests in community, multifamily, and mixed-use development nationally, we are seeking to connect our goals of neighborhood revitalization and community wealth-building; this program is one way of making that connection. To learn more about Capital Impact Partners and our programs visit https://www.capitalimpact.org/programs/

 

Contact Information  Please reach out to Khufu Edwards (kedwards@capitalimpact.org), Sr. Program Specialist, with questions about the program and application process.

Email Support@submittable.com for help with application software issues. 

Hello:

Congratulations! Your organization has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Keeping It Cool - Round 2 Grant. Please complete the following form and provide the information and documentation that is requested. Both are required for your enterprise to be considered as a recipient of the 2023 Keeping It Cool - Round 2 Grant. 

Grant recipients will be selected from the finalists through an examination of the information and documentation you provide by a grant review committee made up of representatives of the The Morningstar Foundation and the Nourish DC Collaborative partner organizations. Capital Impact Partners will administer the Keeping It Cool Grant.   

Timeline

  • The 2023 Keeping It Cool - Round 2 Grant - Nonprofit Finalist Required Documentation form must be submitted by March 1, 2024, 11:59pm EST
  • Grant finalists will be notified of the final grant decision by April 1, 2024
  • Grant letters of Intent and grant agreements will be sent to grant recipients after April 1, 2024
  • Grant recipients will receive grant funding within 30 days of Capital Impact Partners receiving the signed grant agreement

Required Documentation

  • 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS
  • Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, or similar formation documentation
  • Bylaws, Operating Agreement, or similar formation documentation
  • Organization W-9 signed and dated after January 1, 2024
  • Signed 2022 Federal Tax Return submitted to the IRS
  • The organization's budget from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023, including income and expenses
  • List of top ten 2023 funders
  • List of current members of the Board of Directors
  • Certificate of Insurance (instructions are provided in the Submittable form)

Please provide the information and documentation requested in this Submittable form by March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. You will need to either sign into Submittable using the username and password that were used to submit the grant application or create a new username and password.

Questions

  • If you have questions about the requested documentation, please contact Lindi Nguyen, Program Contracts & Operations Specialist, Capital Impact Partners, at lnguyen@capitalimpact.org, (314) 604-8237. 
  • If you have questions about the grant process, please contact Alison Powers, Director, Economic Opportunities, Capital Impact Partners, apowers@capitalimpact.org, (703) 647-2369.

2024 Nourish DC Packaged Food Business Cohort

Background

The Nourish DC Packaged Food Business Cohort will consist of 10-15 Washington, D.C.-based packaged food or non-alcoholic beverage businesses that are interested in growing and scaling their businesses. Eligible businesses should be producing and selling food or non-alcoholic beverage consumer packaged goods including shelf-stable food products, perishable packaged goods (e.g. grab-and-go meals), or bottled, non-alcoholic beverages. 

The first session of this 10-week learning cohort will be held in person followed by weekly 90-minute virtual workshops, video modules, and homework assignments. All virtual workshops will be on the Zoom platform. Topics will include supply chain management, building a brand, business-to-consumer and business-to-business growth opportunities, tips to win over retail buyers, cash flow management, research and development, and more! A $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to one participant at the capstone event in June.

Cohort graduates will be eligible for 1:1 Cureate coaching services to continue working toward their growth goals. Graduates will be able to schedule office hours with a Cureate coach based on the area of business need (e.g. social media marketing, operations, bookkeeping, etc.).

Sponsor:  The program is sponsored by the Nourish DC Collaborative. Nourish DC began in 2021 in partnership with the Government of the District of Columbia and seven lenders and technical assistance organizations to provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to D.C. food businesses, with a focus on businesses located in or owned by residents in neighborhoods underserved by groceries and other food businesses. Partner organizations include Capital Impact Partners, program administrator; CDC Small Business Finance; Washington Area Community Investment Fund; Latino Economic Development Center; City First Enterprises; EatsPlace; and Dreaming Out Loud.  

Trainer: Cureate is providing instruction for the cohort through its Cureate Courses curriculum. Cureate, is a mission-driven business building an empowered food and beverage supply chain with a vision of building more interconnected, economically vibrant communities. 

Funders:  Nourish DC is made possible through partnership with and investment from D.C.'s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). Funding is also provided by the Bainum Family Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, The Morningstar Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Cohort Participation Expectations

A representative from the business (either the owner or a staff member) will be expected to fulfill the following participation expectations, with the same individual participating in all of the programming:

  • Attend all weekly 90-minute in-person or virtual instructional sessions (missing three sessions will result in un-enrollment from the program)
  • Watch all video modules, complete homework assignments, and participate in peer review sessions, totaling three to four hours per week
  • Collaborate with other participants for breakout sessions and homework assignments
  • Be respectful, uphold confidentiality, and abide by cohort-designed agreements throughout all in-person, virtual, and written interactions
  • Complete post-program surveys

Timeline

  • Application opens on February 13, 2024
  • Application closes on March 8, 2024 at 11:59pm ET
  • Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the cohort by March 25, 2024
  • Cohort instruction begins the week of April 15, 2024
  • Cohort instruction ends with a capstone event in June 2024
  • One-on-one Cureate coaching is available after 10-week cohort program ends

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, a business must:

  • Be a Washington, D.C.-based food or beverage business that is actively producing and selling food consumer packaged goods including shelf-stable (e.g. packaged snacks, bars, etc.) and perishable food items (grab-and-go meals) or non-alcoholic, bottled beverages 
  • Have a physical location in Washington, D.C.
  • Be a registered business in Washington, D.C. for six months or more
  • Have generated $25,000 or more of gross revenue from sales of food consumer packaged goods from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023

Preference will be given to businesses:

  • Producing and selling healthy packaged foods or healthy non-alcoholic beverages (healthy food is defined as whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods, lean meats and poultry (fresh, refrigerated, frozen or canned) that have low or no added sugars)
  • Located in Wards 5, 7, or 8 

Required Documentation

  • Income and Expense Statement from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 

Questions

  • Contact Alison Powers, Director, Economic Opportunities, Capital Impact Partners, apowers@capitalimpact.org, (703) 647-2369

 Please fill out the following Letter of Interest (LOI) to determine your eligibility to be considered for a one (1) year grant from Capital Impact Partners and The Workers Lab. This grant initiative aims to increase co-op development in low-income communities and/or communities of color. Priority will be given to community-driven co-op development initiatives focused on quality jobs, wealth creation, and asset building. LOIs will be accepted until February 1, 2019. Eligible organizations will be selected from respondants and invited to apply for Co-op Innovationgrants of up to $50,000 by February 28, 2019.   

Capital Impact Partners