Nine community groups have been awarded $21,000 by the board of directors of Common Capital Fund.

"The common thread linking our grantees is the struggle for empowerment of all segments of our community -- the old and the newcomers, the visible and the not so visible -- through innovative and sometimes traditional, but effective, grassroots efforts," said Executive Director Phyllis Jones.

Groups funded are as follows: Deafpride, $2,500 to host a citywide conference on health care for deaf women and their children; Malcolm X Cultural Education Center, $3,000 to conduct educational programs on the impact of the arms buildup on social services in the black community; the Metropolitan Washington Planning and Housing Association Tenants Solidarity Union Project, $2,500 to develop a citywide network of tenant activists and organizations.

Also, the Central American Refugee Center, $3,300 to launch a pilot literacy program for Salvadorean refugees; Chidas, $1,200 to secure social services for the Haitian refugee community; Peoples Resource Center, $1,800 to monitor legislative issues affecting political rights; Washington Area Federation for Progress, $3,200 to develop a citywide network of labor, peace and community groups.

Also, the Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship, $2,000 to produce educational materials, and Roadwork Inc., $2,100 to produce a multilingual cultural series on Afro-Latin women.

Applications for the next round of grants from Common Capital Fund to D.C. groups working for social change are being accepted until 5 p.m. October 15. For information, call 265-1305 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.