This page lists specific guidelines for Community Grants in the Washington, DC Metro area.
To apply for a DC Metro grant, first contact the Foundation’s manager, Meg Kennedy, via email to see if your proposal fits within the current priority areas and to receive an invitation to submit a letter of inquiry.
Please note that TEGNA Foundation is no longer accepting unsolicited grant proposals for the DC Metro Grants program.
Our service areas are
District of Columbia
Maryland – Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties
Virginia – Alexandria, Falls Church, and counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun
Deadlines for the Washington Metro Area
We consider grant applications twice a year, by invitation only. Unsolicited grant proposals cannot be reviewed. Applications should be received by the Foundation no later than February 28th for Round 1 or August 29th for Round 2.
Please note the following information prior to submitting a request.
Our 2023 priorities for the Washington metropolitan area:
We will also consider proposals responding to other urgent community needs.
Our average grant amount is in the $3,000 to $7,500 range.
As a rule, we generally do not consider Community Grants for
What Community Grants do not fund
Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund.
As a result, grants will not be considered for the following purposes:
If you are invited to submit a proposal or letter of inquiry, TEGNA Foundation’s manager will provide instructions on where to send your materials.
Your grant proposal must contain the following information:
Decisions: A committee of employees from WUSA-TV and TEGNA Inc. review all invited proposals within one month after each deadline. Applicants are notified by email of final decisions about 90–120 days after deadlines. Please no phone or email inquiries.