DCTV Announces New Capacity Building Grant for Nonprofits

Local Television Channels Investing Heavily to Help Nonprofits Powerfully Expand How They Connect With Their Communities


Washington, DC — May 14, 2019 — DCTV today announced the launch of a valuable new grant program for nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC to help them expand their media communications 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 their new Capacity Building Grants, DCTV will create television programs to share nonprofits’ depth of expertise, leadership of important conversations and compelling stories with people all over the District and help nonprofits powerfully expand how they connect with their communities.

“At DCTV, we know the nonprofit sector plays a critical role in the lives of residents across the District of Columbia,” said Nantz Rickard, President and CEO of DCTV. “DCTV is thrilled to launch this new grant program. We are offering our professional skills, facilities, and resources to help the nonprofit sector reach new horizons with their communications and how they engage with communities.”

Applications Open June 17, 2019

The DCTV grant program requires a minimal match and provides incredible value in communications support for nonprofit organizations. The grant term is one year. Applications for the first grant cycle open June 17, 2019 and close July 19, 2019.

The grant application is easy and straightforward, and DCTV professional staff will provide support to ensure maximum benefits. Interested nonprofits can learn more at dctv.org/grants and can attend an upcoming informational session:

Monday, June 3, 2019, 2-4 pm RSVP

Monday, June 17, 2019, 2-4 pm RSVP

All informational sessions will be hosted at DCTV headquarters, 901 Newton Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, and will include an interactive tour of the onsite professional production facilities.

Grants Support Media Strategy

DCTV grant recipients will appear and share their expertise in dynamic programs on DCTV’s three dedicated cable channels, which broadcast on Comcast, RCN, and Verizon, as well as DCTV’s streaming platforms. DCTV will work closely with grantees to create compelling content for local viewers.

Grantees will expand their community presence, boosting their social media platforms and websites with professionally-produced video content. Through valuable media education, grantees will strengthen their communications capabilities and expand their storytelling capacity. And as part of a dedicated group of people working to uplift DC communities, grantees will benefit from media strategy consultation, event space rental, discounted professional services, and more. Information can be found at dctv.org/grants.

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 dctv.org/live. To learn how DCTV serves residents in Washington, DC every day, visit dctv.org.



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.