Community Building Blocks (CBB)

Community Forklift provides mini-grants of store credit to community groups and nonprofits for projects that serve the greater community. Since 2011, Community Forklift has worked with around 500 organizations and provided over $470,000 worth of materials.

If your organization is in need of building materials and/or household items in order to better serve your community, please follow the steps below.


Fill out the CBB program application here. This is the only way to apply for our program. Make sure to fill out all the required fields and click “submit” at the bottom. The form will show you a message to confirm you successfully sent it to us.


Our Community Giving Manager will contact you to discuss your application and give an overview of the program.


Once your application is approved, meet with our Community Giving Manager in person at our reuse warehouse to go over the program policies and procedures and look for materials.


We’ll either award you specific items or set up a grant so that you can return and look for materials at your convenience.


Working in partnership with Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area, our CBB program provides free materials to help furnish apartments for refugee families in the DMV area.

“Thanks to Community Forklift we were able to select some supplies to help with the construction of our library and food pantry. Thank you all for the amazing partnership and work you all do daily in the community!”

Gesireth Mariscal

Community School Coordinator, Cherokee Lane Elementary School