Providing funds for local nonprofits that support the Latino population’s path to civic integration in American society

LEAF Logo FINAL SmallIn 2015, the Aspen Institute convened a diverse group of scholars, experts and leaders to examine the causes of low civic participation in the Latino community. The discussion and subsequent repot titled, “Unlocking Latino Civic Potential: 2016 and Beyond,” highlighted future challenges to the health of our democracy without full participation by all citizens, particularly Latinos.

In response to this report, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia established the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF). Its purpose is to provide funding for local nonprofits that are supporting the Latino population’s path to civic integration in American society.

Examples of possible ideas from the Unlocking Latino Civic Potential report:
  • Promote or fund the development of educational games, apps, and books that teach civics
  • Collaborations that promote and invest in English proficiency programs that include civic education
  • Develop a set of non-traditional indicators of civic engagement to better capture the ways that Latinos engage civically 
LEAF’s intention is to:
  • Encourage the adoption of new ideas around English proficiency and civic education
  • Encourage discussions and partnerships among nonprofits that serve Latino immigrants to give rise to new approaches
  • Encourage new thought that yields a diverse set of initiatives around civic education that leads to citizenship and the teaching of English to Latino adults.

Grant Process Information

Grant requests can be up to $25,000.  LOIs are due by 5 pm on October 10, 2017.

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. 
  • 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.

Grant Application Portal

To apply, update, or submit a grant application, access the grants portal here:

Grants Portal

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, Philanthropy Officer, Director of Grants and Community Leadership, at or 703-879-7641.

Timeline for Grants Process

August 31 – Launch of Request for LOIs
October 10 – LOIs due to Community Foundation
November - December - Site Visits Conducted
February 1 – Decisions will be made

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