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Housing Justice

Flock is seeding this fund with $215,000 for down payment support.

The fund will focus on BIPOC first time home buying residents in the Washington DC and Philadelphia areas. The application/review process will be deliberately uncomplicated. A board of advisors will review applications and we will match funds with qualified applicants. A partnership with the Greater Washington Foundation will help support the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes.



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The spirit of the funding is simple in nature.

One-page applications will be accepted over a 30-day period and grants up to $2,500 will be offered for projects or programs that impact DC proper. We ask that projects can begin and end in a three month window. It is not required that applicants be part of or affiliated with a not for profit and businesses; artists, agitators, educators and more are encouraged to apply.



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We’ve opened our doors to Black Lives Matter activists on protest days, you can spot us on trash walks, hosting fundraisers for healthcare or tutoring underserved kids in the District and feeding frontline workers while supporting our restaurants.


We are proud to partner with Flock and welcome birdSEED into the Greater Washington Community Foundation family. This program comes at a time when our region, and our nation, is reckoning with its past and searching for solutions to address the history of discriminatory policies that Black and Brown folks have endured in our communities. We look forward to working with our community to grow the seed of this work to a scale that matches the disparities we see and the aspirations we share for a racially equitable and just region.

Tonia Wellons - President + CEO, The Greater Washington Community Foundation


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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