Community Investment Grants Awards over $282,000 to 29 Local Organizations

March 2016 Group Photo 2Cornerstones Pathways to Sustainable Employment Program Participants, January 2017The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2017 Community Investment Grants today.  The largest and most competitive discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation and one of the largest pools of funds supporting broad-based giving in the Northern Virginia region, the grants fund organizations which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia.  These grants will further the organizations’ abilities to improve the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region.  The total sum of grants made is $282,594.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 162 applications submitted to the organization.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child & Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health, and Aging; and Poverty Relief. Other Community Investment grants were announced for Military Personnel & Families, as well as the nonprofit organization FACETS.

AART childrenAll Ages Read Together, Fairfax County“The Community Investment grants are important for the continuance of many critical programs in this region,” said Community Foundation Board Member, Ken Huntsman, 2017 Community Investment Fund Grants Committee Chair. “This year’s grantees are serving the neediest in our community, and we are committed to continue to invest in the mission of these organizations.”

Grantee recipient Cornerstones of Reston highlighted the importance of their grant.  “Cornerstones is delighted to be receiving a grant from the Community Investment Fund for its Pathways to Sustainable Employment program. This program fills a gap in workforce development and job training programs that do not serve the needs of job seekers whose low educational attainment and skill level put them at a disadvantage within the marketplace and who face other barriers to finding and maintaining employment. Understanding that obtaining the skills or certifications to be qualified is only a part of what will help someone be successfully employed, Cornerstones provides participants in the Pathways to Sustainable Employment program with wrap-around care management support to address barriers that may affect the participants’ ability to maintain or improve employment including housing, financial literacy, benefits, childcare, transportation, emergency direct assistance, healthcare, counseling, and immigration issues,” said Kerrie Wilson, CEO, Cornerstones. 

To see the entire list of 2017 grant recipients please visit http://www.cfnova.org/our-programs/community-investment-funds/2017-awardees.