Discretionary Grant Making for Northern Virginia Nonprofits

CommInvestFundLogo smallThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia conducts an annual grant cycle through the Community Investment Fund. Nonprofit organizations providing services in Northern Virginia are invited to apply.

2018 applications will be accepted in the following categories beginning in January 2018. Please click each one to learn more:
Below is a webinar about the 2018 grants process:

This year, a new "COPY PROCESS" is available through our grants system for those organizations who have applied previously to a CIF process.  Here is a video tutorial with more information.

Here is a pdf copy of the slides presented above.

See a list of the 2017 Award Winners here.

Grant Application Portal

To apply, update, or submit a grant application, and to submit final reports for past grants, click below:

Submit Applications or Review Past Grants Here

You will be instructed to set up an organizational profile before applying. If your organization has applied in the past, check with other staff members to get access to the organization profile already established. It contains grant history and past applications. Please do not set up a new profile unless you are sure your organization has not applied previously.

If you have any questions, please contact Sari Raskin at sari.raskin@cfnova.org or Krysta Peare at krysta.pearce@cfnova.org.

Who can apply?

  • Organizations providing services in Northern Virginia (defined as the areas within Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park) can apply for funding.
  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations providing charitable or educational services. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Organizations are limited to one application per grant cycle. Multiple applications will not be considered.
Grant requests for capacity building, program, or general support purposes will be considered. Funding may be used to support, expand, or enhance existing programs or to start new programs. Applications for capital improvements, endowments, or scholarship awards will not be considered.

The maximum grant is $10,000, except for organizations applying for the 2018 Health, Mental Health and Aging Grants.  Please see the detailed page for more information.

Past Grant Cycle Timeline

February 1, 2018 Grant Reports Due from 2017 Grantees
January 11, 2018 Applications Open 
February 14, 2018 Applications Due 
May 2018 Applicants notified of funding status 
March 15, 2019 Grant Reports Due from 2018 Grantees

For help with an application or to receive an email notification when this and other Community Foundation grant cycles open, please click here to contact us.