We are proud to announce that the Anacostia Waterfront Trust has been selected by a consortium of local foundations to receive a three-year capacity building grant for its Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative. The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is made up of the Trust and twelve other nonprofit organizations. Eight are based in Wards 7 and 8, while four are prominent, DC-based nonprofits with a strong interest in helping to strengthen communities near the Anacostia River and Park.  (full list below). Together, the 13 organizations represent the environmental, social service, business, religious, and policy sectors.

The three-year capacity-building grant will enable the organizations to collectively envision and begin to implement quality of life changes for residents living in communities near the Anacostia River and Park.  One touchstone in the discussion will be improvement of the 1000 acre Anacostia Park to better serve community needs; another will be programs and policies to minimize displacement as the Anacostia corridor begins to undergo dramatic changes.

The initiative will provide the Collaborative with facilitation services, technical assistance, training and grants.  It is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Keith Campbell Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Hillsdale Fund, the Agua Fund, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Prince Charitable Trusts, the Rauch Foundation, and the Town Creek Foundation.

“We are really pleased to be able to facilitate this coming together of many diverse groups and interests to examine how to enhance the Anacostia River and Park, while—most importantly—considering the interests of the people in the nearby neighborhoods,”  said Anacostia Waterfront Trust Executive Director Doug Siglin. “We could not be more grateful to the funders for supporting this creative, comprehensive approach.”

 If you would like more information on the Collaborative or the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, please contact aclark@anacostiatrust.org or visit http://www.anacostiatrust.org.

Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative

Anacostia Waterfront Trust

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Groundwork Anacostia River DC

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Ward 7 Business Partnership

East River Family Strengthening Collaborative

National Progressive Baptist Convention

Anacostia Coordinating Council

Anacostia Business Improvement District

The Urban Institute

Georgetown University Policy Lab

DC Appleseed Center

Institute for Public Health Innovation