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 41 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.
Flock DC, with support from our stellar Advisory Board and volunteers covering 100% of the cost to support birdSEED. That means every dollar donated goes into the down payment grant pool. We need more help and will gratefully accept donations, windfalls, unsolicited grants, sponsorships, partnerships and more so we can continue giving. To make a one time or recurring contribution, simply follow this link. For something with more zeroes, please reach out to [email protected]. Together, let’s work toward repairing an unjust past and planting seeds for a brighter and more just future.
The fund originally focused on BIPOC first time home buying residents of the DMV area and expanded to the Philadelphia area in the fall of 2022. The application/review process will be deliberately uncomplicated. A board of advisors will review applications and we will match funds with qualified applicants.
First time homebuyer downpayment assistance grants will range from 5k - 15k per applicant. To contribute to and support this work, please reach out to [email protected] to get engaged in this work of repairing an unjust past and planting seeds for a brighter and more just future.
- Pre-qualification questionnaire
- Prepared to purchase a home
- First time and only home owner in the household
- Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigineous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix
- Buying in the DC area (the District of Columbia, the Counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in the State of Maryland, the Counties of Arlington and Fairfax and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in the Commonwealth of Virginia) or the Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Liberty County, Bucks County, Camden County, Chester County, Cumberland County, Delaware County, Gloucester County, Montgomery County and Salem County)
- Home must be the primary residence
- Essay and request for support (one page maximum)
- Area resident for three + years
- Location of property; if applicants have not ratified a contract, they may have up to 120 days to use the assistance. At minimum, the property must pass inspections consistent with FHA lending requirements for habitability.