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About OPGS

Vision Statement

Responsive Government Promoting Partnerships for a Better DC

Mission Statement

The Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services’ (OPGS) mission is to enhance the capacity of District government agencies, community and faith-based organizations, and nonprofits to identify, apply, and secure resources that advance the Mayor’s top public policy priorities.


There is hereby established, within the Executive Office of the Mayor, the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (“OPGS”).  Except as provided in section II (b) of Mayor’s Order 2011-170, OPGS is the only entity that has the authority to solicit, review, receive and approve donations to the District government.  Furthermore, OPGS is hereby established to serve as the District government’s grants clearinghouse in order to effectively administer mandatory policies and procedures that govern the solicitation of competitive grant funds among District agency grant seekers and their prospective grantees and/or sub-grantees.

The Core Functions of OPGS are to:

  • Oversee the planning and execution of competitive grant funding requests from district agencies to federal, foundation and private sector grantors
  • Provide capacity-building training and technical assistance to district agencies and nonprofits in identifying, applying and managing potential and existing competitive grants funds and related in-kind resources
  • Implement and enforce mandatory policies and procedures pursuant to the Rules of Conduct Governing Donations Made to the District Government (Mayor’s Memorandum 2015-001, dated August 21, 2015), and any successor Mayor’s Memorandum on the same subject, including the solicitation, acceptance and use of private donations
  • Facilitate the establishment of collaborative philanthropic relationships or partnerships with private, public, nonprofit and individual donors to advance the Mayor’s public policy priorities.