Capital Impact Partners is providing project grants to support Housing Equity Accelerator Fellows in advancing affordable housing projects, including workforce housing in the region. The program intends to accelerate the capacity of growing BIPOC developers committed to building affordable housing options across the greater Washington DC metropolitan area.

Affordability definitions:

a. Affordable is up to 80% AMI

b. Workforce is up to 120% AMI

The geography of focus consists of the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and the Northern Virginia region. 

We plan to disburse up to $300,000 per entity. Awards will be determined by the size of the request, project eligibility, and application strength.

Key Information

Applications close - Tuesday, September 16, 2025, at 11:59 PM

Submission & Selection period - Applications will be received by the 3rd Wednesday of each month and selections will be ongoing monthly through the application closing date. Four (4) applications will be accepted per month. Submissions will be prioritized according to the date and time received. Requests received after the cutoff period will be deferred to the following month unless otherwise noted.

Reporting period - a reporting schedule will be provided upon execution of the grant agreement. Grant reports will be required at least quarterly and are expected to be submitted on time. 

Mandatory reporting check-in - Date and time TBD

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are businesses and nonprofit organizations led by Housing Equity Accelerator Fellows or partnerships including at least one HEAF Fellow.

The individual completing the application must be a HEAF Fellow in the 2024 cohort.

Project Eligibility

Eligible projects are mixed-use, multifamily, rental, and for sale. Projects should consist of 8 to 10 (preferably) units at minimum to be considered.

Bundled single-family home projects will be considered so long that they are in proximity to one another and the cumulative unit count is at or above 8 units, preferably 10.                          

Beyond 10 ≥  or more housing units,  there is no required minimum or maximum project type, size, or commercial square footage to be considered for funding.


Eligible Grant Uses 

Applicants may apply for funding as a reimbursement of expenses or to fund new or future anticipated expenses, so long as the use of funds is allowable and logical. Eligible costs may be reimbursed so long as they were made on or after December 6, 2023. 

Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Architectural & engineering expenses
  • Interest reserves 
  • Earnest money 
  • Legal fees, title, and recording 
  • Permitting fees
  • Survey & site planning and/or control fees
  • Market/feasibility studies
  • Appraisal
  • Environmental reports, property conditions assessment
  • Consultant fees for managing financing, project development, local & state approvals, etc. Consultants must be outside entities (not the developer)
  • Other fees and costs may be permitted on a case by case basis upon review by Capital Impact. Please contact Melissa Stallings in these instances. Please note that potentially adding a new allowable use can take up to 30 - 45 days or so.


Contact Information

Please contact Melissa Stallings (, with questions about the application process. can help with application software issues.

Congratulations! Your enterprise has been selected as a finalist for the 2024 Co-op Innovation Award. 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 2024 Co-op Innovation Award.

Grant recipients will be selected from the finalists through an examination of the information and documentation you provide by a grant review committee.


  • The 2024 Co-op Innovation Award- Finalist Required Documentation form must be submitted by August 9, 2024, 11:59pm EST
  • Grant finalists will be notified of the final grant decisions by September 15, 2024
  • Grant recipients will receive grant funding within 30 days of Capital Impact Partners receiving the signed grant agreement

Required Documentation

  • W-9 dated within the last 12 months
  • Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, or similar formation documentation appropriate to entity type
  • Bylaws, Operating Agreement, or similar governing documentation appropriate to entity type
  • 501(c)(3) Determination Letter (if applicable)
  • Most recent financial statement (audited if available)
  • List of current funders

Please provide the information and documentation requested in this Submittable form by August 9, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. You will need to either sign into Submittable using the username and password that was used to submit the grant application or create a new username and password.


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