Funding Opportunities

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia makes approximately $4 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits every year. While many grants are made at the request of our 150 donor advised fund representatives, the Community Foundation also manages a number of discretionary grant cycles which may vary each year.

Organizations may apply to multiple grant cycles during the year.  However, only one application in one focus area is accepted in the Community Investment Funds cycle.

The grant cycles include the following:

Community Investment Funds
The Community Investment Funds are the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community in the areas of child and youth development, education, health, mental health and aging, military personnel and their families, and poverty relief.

Future Fund - OPENING SOON
The Future Fund is a giving circle of young professionals who connect with each other personally and professionally, learn about the critical needs of our region, and donate at affordable levels to the philanthropic causes they care about most. Working with committees, this group makes grants once a year.

Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF) - NOW OPEN
The Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund was developed to promote and invest in the civic engagement, education, economic success, naturalization, health, leadership development, volunteerism, and advocacy of  the Latino community in the Metro DC region.

Loudoun Impact Fund
The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle comprised of Loudoun County citizens and corporations that invests strategically to promote education, the arts and the environment, and to support the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.

Healthy Kids Grants
Healthy Kids Grants help public schools encourage healthy lifestyles through increased exercise and better nutrition, supported by the Chin Family Charitable Fund and the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund, donor advised funds with the Community Foundation.

Business Women's Giving Circle - NOW OPEN
The Business Women's Giving Circle, comprised of accomplished business women in Northern Virginia, supports programs and organizations in our region that promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and inventive opportunities for girls and young women. Its 2016 grant cycle will support nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship programs to girls and young women.

Our Children Fund
The Our Children Fund was created to provide financial assistance for "normalizing" items and experiences to children in the Fairfax County foster care system.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Giving Circle of HOPE
The Giving Circle of HOPE seeks to create positive change in Northern Virginia through collective and engaged philanthropy. Since its inception in 2004, GCH has given nearly $1 million to nonprofit organizations in Northern Virginia.  Please see the GCH website for more information about this annual grant cycle.

NOVA Parks - Hemlock Overlook Field Trip Grant Program

NOVA Parks offers a $1,000 grant program for 5th and 6th grade public school students to experience the great outdoors! In cooperation with Adventure Links, NOVA Parks introduces students to a quiet wilderness with impressive possibilities at the 228-acre Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  See the NOVA Parks website for more information about this annual grant cycle.

Grant Cycle Calendar

The following is an approximate calendar of our annual grant cycles throughout the year.  If you would like to receive an email from us when a grant cycle opens, including any additional grant opportunities that may arise, please sign up here.

Funding Opportunity




Community Investment Funds


February May
Future Fund


October December

Loudoun Impact Fund




Healthy Kids Grants




Business Women's Giving Circle

July September December
Our Children Fund

Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
The Giving Circle of HOPE

June August November
NOVA Parks January February April

Latino Engagement and Achievement
Fund (LEAF)

August October February