Grant Awards

DCTV Announces Inaugural Class of Capacity Building Grantees

Significant investment helps nonprofits expand how they connect with their communities. 

Washington, DC — August 19, 2019 — DCTV has awarded its first class of grantees as part of its newly formed Capacity Building Grant program. The award fosters expanded opportunity for nonprofit organizations to share their stories of community impact through professionally-produced video content that can be shared via social media and website platforms. In addition, grantees receive valuable media education assistance to strengthen their communications capabilities and expand their storytelling capacity. 

The grant program, which was designed with input from nonprofit leaders across the District, will enable nonprofits at any budget level to tell quality stories, have vital conversations, and get valuable training. As part of the new Capacity Building Grant program, DCTV will create a new weekly television series, District Life, which will explore the nature of living in Washington, DC and share important conversations and compelling stories with people all over the District. This new show will be a vehicle for distributing powerful stories about the impact that nonprofits are having in their communities. 

“At DCTV, we understand the critical role that the nonprofit sector plays in sparking vital conversations that ultimately affect the lives of residents across the District of Columbia,” said Nantz Rickard, President and CEO of DCTV. “We are thrilled to welcome our first class of grantees and we look forward to the quality stories that show how nonprofit organizations are impacting the neighborhoods and communities across the District.”

A full list of grant recipients is available at 

About DCTV 

Created by and for Washington, DC residents, DCTV is a community media nonprofit organization that fosters a 24/7 forum to amplify local voices in the nation’s capital and its neighboring metropolitan communities. Using the power of meaningful media to connect DC residents, we tell quality stories, spark vital conversations, and provide valuable training. DCTV cultivates a premier platform to examine local issues and interests across the District’s three cable television providers Comcast, RCN, and Verizon and digital streaming channels. You can watch DCTV streaming online at To learn how DCTV serves residents in Washington, DC every day, visit

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Congratulations to the DCTV Capacity Building Grantees!

Rhythm Visions Production Company
CASA/Prince George's County
Amazon Conservation Association
Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School  
Hillcrest Children And Family Center  
SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat)
City Year DC  
Your Ethiopian Professionals Network (YEP)  
Beacon House  
Pointless Theatre Company
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Blockshop DC  
Emory Beacon of Light, Inc.  
One Sparrow
Healthy Babies Project, Inc.  
Mental Health America  
The Arc of Northern Virginia
Housing Up
The American Pops Orchestra
Asylum Seeker Assistance Project
United Planning Organization (UPO)
Badges United Foundation
Comfort Cases, Inc
National Black Deaf Advocates  
interPLAY Orchestra  
Everyone Home DC
America's Islamic Heritage Museum  
National Cervical Cancer Coalition DC
Humanity 360, INC  
Community Foodworks
Many Languages One Voice  
Access Youth, Inc.
BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative

The DCTV capacity building grant program offers eligible nonprofits an array of benefits that build organizational communications and storytelling capability and provides an ongoing presence on cable television. We designed these grants to offer training and expert guidance to the nonprofit community, which enables you to robustly expand your impact within the DC community.

“Grant Level” is the amount of money your organization contributes to receive the grant. The grant term is initially one year and requires a very small organizational match. DCTV will provide documentation so that you can appropriately record “in-kind” services in your financial records. Grants may be extended or renewed with DCTV approval.