DC Social Innovation Project identifies and invests in creative, new ideas that tackle pressing social issues in Washington, DC.
What We Do
DC Social Innovation Project identifies and invests in creative new ideas that tackle pressing social issues in Washington, DC. Through two programs, DCSIP provides funding and resources to help individuals and community groups launch projects and social ventures in order to improve their communities. The Community Lab grants program provides $3,000 grants to small or early-stage non-profits in DC to launch innovative new programs. The Bright Idea Challenge, enlists 18-35 year olds in the DC area to propose creative social ventures that address a local issue, and the best idea receives up to $10,000 in funding and other pro bono services to help them launch their venture.
While there are many organizations that do similar work to DCSIP on a national or international level, we believe that by focusing on one city and working with neighborhood groups and local leaders, our work can have a more meaningful impact for local communities. Focusing locally allows for two distinct advantages: (1) we are better able to identify needs in the community, and (2) we connect the most promising ideas and initiatives with local organizations and the local government, which provides a greater opportunity for collaboration and sustainability.