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IAF Mid-Atlantic Capacity Building

Washington Interfaith Network

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $300,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2003–February 28, 2005
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

About this grant

During the past 15 years, the metropolitan Washington area has produced some of the largest population and economic growth rates in the United States; operated as the nation’s fifth largest gateway for new immigrants; experienced significant difficulties in its city and suburban school systems; and experienced a major rise in poverty rates in urban and inner-ring suburbs. Multiyear funding will enable Washington Interfaith Network to establish a fund to address the housing crisis in suburban Maryland and urban inner-city Washington, D.C. neighborhoods; create a regional base of membership for new immigrants to address issues affecting them; identify and train 125 immigrants each year to be leaders; organize a rally of immigrant leaders to announce the organizing agenda; and explore the feasibility of establishing a broad-based citizen’s organization in northern Virginia. Additional funding will support the start-up of an Organizer Recruitment Project at the network and leads toward the development of a larger, multiyear organizer recruitment drive by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organizations on the east coast. WIN was established in 1996 to build the leadership skills of community members to address the issues confronting them. The network, sponsored by 52 dues-paying members, is affiliated with the IAF and represents 25,000 families brought together for leadership development and civic engagement.