Award Winners

The Business Women’s Giving Circle awarded $53,000 in 2017 to five nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To-date the BWGC has awarded $178,000 in grants. 

FOCUS 2016 Group2017 Grantee: GMU FOCUS GroupGeorge Mason University Foundation – FOCUS Academy: $20,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
The grant will help with the establishment of a new residential FOCUS (Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM) Academy on the George Mason University campus for high school students using the educational framework of the successful FOCUS (day) camp for middle school students. 

IMG 5197 12017 Grantee: Girls in G.E.A.R. ProgramHillsboro Charter Academy: $13,000

Serving Loudoun County
Funding will continue to support Girls in G.E.A.R. (Guiding Engineering, Aerospace, and Robotics), an exploratory STEAM leadership program where 4th/5th grade girls are facilitators to all students (K-5), including implementing new Boys & BOTS STEAM workshops using engineering, aerospace and robotics for hands on lessons and real world application.


SOHO 22017 Grantee: Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO) Program ParticipantsSpace of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO): $10,000
Serving Alexandria and Arlington 
Funding will enhance and evaluate mentoring programs by providing fun and engaging STEM projects to 36 vulnerable 5th grade girls and STEM-related activities for 80 middle school-aged girls and mentors.





wesley housing2017 Grantee: Wesley Housing STEM Program ParticipantsWesley Housing Development Corporation: $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
Funding will support at-risk elementary and middle school girls with a STEM-focused summer fashion design program that teaches in-demand creative, technical, and professional skills needed for their futures.


Year Up – National Capital Region: $5,000
Serving all of Northern Virginia
The grant will support service delivery of Year Up’s research-validated, career training program, specifically in the specialty tracks of Information Technology and Software Development to young women, ages 18-24.

Fund Mission

EnvironFund Logo RGB SmallThe mission of the Environment Fund is to protect, restore and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia, thereby enhancing the health and quality of life of its citizens and the economy of the region.

Fund Goals

  • Support and encourage collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, governments, educational institutions and private philanthropic donors to promote actions that will have a beneficial effect on the health of the natural environment and local economy.
  • Support public awareness and public education about protecting the natural environment and the impact of public and private actions on the natural environment.
  • Support the efforts of citizen engagement that helps improve and protect the natural environment.
To make a donation to the Environment Fund, click here.

Creating Positive Change in Northern Virginia through Engaged and Collective Philanthropy

GCH

The mission of The Giving Circle of HOPE is to create positive change in Northern Virginia through engaged and collective philanthropy. Founded in January 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE has invested more than a million dollars in the Northern Virginia community.

The Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, is a volunteer-led and member-managed giving circle that awards project and capacity building grants to local nonprofit organizations with budgets under $2 million. The GCH consolidates donations and awards grants to improve the lives of low-income, disadvantaged and under-served people and families in Northern Virginia. The GCH grant process includes a written application. Each year, the GCH funds a variety of well-vetted local organizations whose programs encourage job creation, help build strong families, and assist community members in need. 

In addition to grant making, the Giving Circle of HOPE organizes an annual fundraiser and two ongoing service programs:
  • Empty Bowls, a community fundraiser for hunger relief
  • Kids’ Club, enrichment for homeless children
Since its inception in 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE has awarded over $1,000,000 through its grant program, Empty Bowls fundraiser and other smaller fundraisers.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Big Give
6:30 pm - 9 pm
Refraction at Reston Town Center
Online registration for this event is now closed. Please register in person at the event.

Learn More

Please click here to visit the Giving Circle of HOPE web site or go to http://givingcircleofhope.org/.

2015 Winners

SPARK - Prince William County Public Schools-25,000- Serving Prince William County- This Challenge grant helped launch a new Cyber Security Program at Potomac High School in Prince William County Public Schools

Northern Virginia Maker Faire - $5000 - Serving all of Northern Virginia -The Innovation Fund is a founding partner and continuing sponsor of Northern Virginia’s Mini maker  Faire, which brings together inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region to create  new inventions, tools, and gadgets.

Three Birds Foundation -$5,000- Serving all of Northern Virginia-  This Grant made possible by COX Communications,  supported Three Birds Foundation’s capacity to develop renewable energy initiatives that engage and inspire students in Northern Virginia public schools, this creating a culture of curiosity and environmental stewardship;

 

2016 Winners

Spark - Prince Williams County’s education Foundation-$23,000- To support a new civic engagement Program for 150 8th grade students across Prince William County designed to teach students how their local, state ad federal governments work; to give them an understanding of how to change public policy; and to offer hands on experience researching and debating current issues in the community.

Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools - $25,000 - To launch ten cyberpatriot afterschool cybersecurity clubs in ten middle schools in Fairfax County giving students earlier exposure to cyber security skills and training.

NoVa Minimaker Faire - $5,000 - To promote and spur innovation and creativity for the 3000+ attendees at the annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire held In Reston each March.

Grants Awarded in 2017

Grants of more than $282,000 were issued to 29 Local Organizations and nonprofits in 2017.

Child, Youth Development & Education

Casa Cirilagua program children
All Ages Read Together (AART), $8,500
Serving Fairfax County
Funding will support a class where students acquire early literacy, cognitive, social, fine motor, and other skills essential for success.

Arlington Food Assistance Center, $10,000
Serving Arlington County
Funding will help provide 72 low-income Arlington children access to an educational summer and after-school program that provides structured age-appropriate experiences to support healthy eating, and cooking and gardening skills. 

Casa Chirilagua, $10,000
Serving Alexandria
The grant will support the staffing for both the Kids Club and Summer Kids Club programs.
 
H.A.C.A.N. Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect, $10,000     
Fairfax County                             
This grant will strengthen HACAN’s organizational capabilities, as well as the capacity to ensure that its programs can be sustained and expanded, including initiating new programs to further its mission. 
 
Liberty's Promise, $10,000      
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Grant funds will support at least 200 low-income, immigrant youth in Northern Virginia, helping them learn about opportunities for success through our after-school programs of civic engagement, Civics and Citizenship and CE-BELL.

*National Inventors Hall of Fame, $10,000
Serving Prince William County                  
The grant will offset participation costs for 45 or more underserved youth in Prince William County to participate in Camp Invention.

*The House, Inc.. $10,000        
Serving Prince William County
This grant will support 350 disadvantaged youth enrolled in the Center’s EmpowerMEnt® initiative, offered through the Center’s after-school program.

The Literacy Lab, $10,000         
Serving Alexandria      
Funding will support 10 tutors, six at the K-3 level and four at the pre-K level as well as help provide bilingual family engagement materials.

The Reading Connection, Inc., $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia                
Grant funds will be used for general operations. In addition to on-going literacy programming for at-risk families, TRC currently is involved in capacity-building efforts and growth-plan implementation to meet the needs of more at-risk kids in Northern Virginia.

**Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc., $5,000
Serving Fairfax County                               
Funding will support the Workhouse Arts Center’s 2017-2018 Need-Based Tuition Assistance Program, enabling up to 120 students ages 5 to 17 from low-income families to participate in weekly arts education classes and camps that take place during spring, summer and winter breaks.

**Young Playwrights’ Theater, $5,000  
Serving Arlington County           
This grant will strengthen the In-School Playwriting Program in Arlington schools and help expand it into Alexandria City.

Health, Mental Health and Aging

Jan. 2017 Makayla JacksonCornerstones Pathways to Sustainable Employment Program ParticipantsArlington Retirement Housing Corporation, $10,000        
All of Northern Virginia                             
The grant will support the delivery of critical around-the-clock, personalized assisted-living care and other supportive services to 39 of Culpepper Garden’s lowest-income residents.

Loudoun Child Advocacy Center (CAC) / Citizens for Social Justice LAWS, $10,000      
Serving Loudoun County           
The funding will support the Loudoun CAC's Victim Advocate position who is responsible for minimizing trauma to the child and family members during their immediate crisis.

Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, $10,000      
Serving Arlington County                           
The grant will help cover the activities and engagement programs that are not generally covered by insurance such as a family therapy program and recreation activities.

*Project Mend-A-House, $10,000          
Serving Prince William County                  
Funding will support the expansion of the home repair program and increase PMAH's ability to meet the growing aging-in-place needs of extremely-low to low income senior clients, veterans and people with disabilities. PMAH is matching all funds received by the Community Foundation.

Senior Services of Alexandria, $10,000  
Serving Alexandria
The grant will convert an internship position to full-time staff and increase another 25 hour part-time position to full-time staff and propel SSA to a new level of service to Alexandria's senior community.

ServiceSource, $10,000
Serving Fairfax County                               
This funding will supplement the cost of offering clinical services to the 290 individuals served in their Day Support Programs at their Springfield and Chantilly sites. These clinical services include Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT).

Poverty Relief

lacocinaPoverty Relief Grantee: La Cocina VA College Access Fairfax, $10,000               
Serving Fairfax County                               
The grant fund Financial Aid Champions who each serve in several schools and handle the FAFSA applications that may need more attention than just one session per student.

Computer CORE, $10,000         
Serving Arlington County           
Funding will help expand CORE's 6-week Career Advancement Program to Arlington County.  This project is in partnership with Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and the classes will be in six of APAH's residential communities. 

Cornerstones, Inc., $10,000
Serving Fairfax County                               
The grant will be used to staff the Pathways to Sustainable Employment program.

Friends of Guest House, Inc., $10,000   
Serving all of Northern Virginia
The grant will support organizational growth in the areas of residential aftercare and outreach programs.

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, $10,000                        
Serving Loudoun County           
Grant funds will be used for housing subsidies for Loudoun County residents disabled by mental illness who meet the criteria for our A Place To Call Home program. 

Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, $10,000
Serving Fairfax County
The grant will assist families and individuals living in Good Shepherd’s housing who are at-risk of losing their homes because of large medical expenses through the Medical Crisis Financial Assistance Program.

La Cocina VA, $10,000               
Serving Alexandria/All of Northern Virginia           
Funding will support La Cocina VA’s general operating expenses and support its Culinary Career Readiness and Job Placement for FY 2017.

*Northern Virginia Family Service, $10,000         
Serving Prince William County                  
This grant will support SERVE’s Emergency Assistance Program where homeless and at-risk families receive assessment and service delivery related to their immediate needs.

OAR of Fairfax, $10,000            
Serving Fairfax County                               
Grant funds will provide job training and employment readiness services to unemployed individuals with limited job prospects that have recently released from incarceration.

*Transitional Housing BARN, $10,000    
Serving Prince William County                  
Funds will be allocated for general operating support and direct services expenses including case management salaries and financial assistance for families.

Military Personnel & Their Families

Serving Together, Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, $17,500
Serving all of Northern Virginia
A grant to continue service coordination and navigation assistance for veterans and military personnel and families in Northern Virginia.  

Additional Grants Awarded through the Community Investment Fund Process

FACETS, $6,570
Serving Fairfax County
This annual grant is made possible by the Huntsman Endowment Fund and supports FACETS’ operating budget to help parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County.

* Denotes grants made at the Community Foundation’s recommendation from the Haymarket Donor Advised Fund.
** Denotes grants made at the Community Foundation’s recommendation from the Hanlon Donor Advised Fund.

Award Winners

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, awarded a total of $96,725 in 2016 to ten charities dedicated to programs benefitting youth and elderly in Loudoun County. The organizations received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. This was the largest pool of funding distributed to date. Since its inception in 2012, it has granted $261,725 to support critical needs in Loudoun County.

The 2016 winning organizations are as follows:

INMED - $10,000
To support its Sterling based Opportunity Center for low income kids

National Center for Children and Families - $7,500
To apply toward coats, glasses, shoes, and other personal needs for kids with unmet needs identified through the Loudoun County Public School system

A Place To Be - $15,000
To support its program for those with disabilities and participating in theatrical art therapy

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity - $5,000
To support a low-income eldercare home repair and maintenance program

Loudoun Youth - $8,500
To support its Loudoun Leadership summer program

Loudoun Education Foundation - $10,225
To help staff its Backpack Coalition program

All Ages Read Together - $12,000
To help seed a new preschool reading program in Sterling

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers - $12,000
General support toward its eldercare programs offering transportation, financial management, and food delivery

Loudoun Interfaith Relief - $10,000
To support a partnership with Healthworks to offer onsite food for low-income elders

LAWS - $6,500
To support its Child Advocacy Center aiding children victimized by sexual or domestic assault

For the 2016-2017 School Year

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Healthy Kids Grants supporting school and community based programs in Northern Virginia that either encourage more activity or encourage better nutrition for students during the 2016-2016 School Year.

TCWilliamsAlexandria City Public Schools – Capoeira-A Cultural Exchange, $2,000      
Alexandria
CAPOEIRA is an Afro-Brazilian art form that brings together martial arts, acrobatics, dance, percussion, and songs. This project will increase physical activity among 25 9th-12th graders and provide an educational, cultural, and historical platform for all students.

Belmont Station Elementary School – Eat Right, Move and Recite, $1,500
Loudoun County
This project will get fourth and fifth graders to collaborate and create content-rich fitness and nutrition music/dance videos.  Technology will be used to make videos available to all students on the Loudoun Creates channel and can be used as brain breaks for all classroom teachers in LCPS.

Bonnie Brae Elementary School – Promoting Healthy Eating through Gardening, $1,200    
Fairfax County
This project will increase healthy eating among 135 Head Start and kindergarten students, many of whom are from at-risk families, by growing vegetables and herbs for their own consumption. Possible vegetables include a variety of peas and beans, spinach, lettuce, kale, and radishes.

Carlin Springs Elementary School – Carlin Spring Bikes!, $2,000
Arlington
This project will allow school staff to teach bicycling skills to all students, thus encouraging exercise through biking and promoting cycling as a life-long fitness activity which can be done outside of school as a fun, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.                 

Coles Elementary School – Fit Packs, $1,000
Prince William County
Fit Packs will allow every student in grades kindergarten through fifth to share fitness with their family over the weekend as well as practice academic skills.

Drew Model School – Healthy Habits for our Drew Dragons, $2,000
Arlington
This project will increase physical activity for girls and boys in grades 3-5 by offering a girls' running team and a boys' running team in the upcoming school year.  The sessions will be held in the morning before the school day begins, ensuring the students start the day with physical activity.

Francis C. Hammond Middle School – Teen Cuisine, $2,000
Alexandria
Up to 45 middle school students will participate in the after-school Teen Cuisine program, which aims to increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, while teaching cooking, nutrition and food safety.

Langston Hughes Middle School-Hughes MS Hip Hop Dance Program, $2,000
Fairfax County
This project will increase physical activity among 150 7th and 8th graders by encouraging students to dance for an hour or two after school each week. The program aims to increase physical activity through Hip Hop dance for students that might not participate in other physical activities such as a sport.

Legacy Elementary School – Healthy Kids Give Back, $1,800
Loudoun County
Kindergarten students will learn what it means to be healthy and active through a variety of lessons exploring healthy food choices and fun physical activities. They will create "I'm a healthy kid" posters and choose healthy tools to pack backpacks to give to a local low-income kindergarten class.           

Parkside Middle School – Functional Fitness, $2,000
Prince William County
This project will create a more functional fitness room and tools to assess and motivate 1250 6-8th graders during Physical Education (P.E.).  The goal is to increase activity with easy to use tools and pedometers that students may not have access to at home. 

Pine Brook Elementary – Step Up, $1,900
Loudoun County
This project will help increase moderate to vigorous activity time for 450 students as they will wear pedometers during Physical Education (P.E.) class and analyze data collected.

Potomac Falls High School – Mindfulness and Movement in the Schools, $2,000
Loudoun County
This grant will fund an 8-week pilot study to assess the effectiveness of stress reduction by teaching mindfulness techniques that will increase resiliency skills in high school students.  They will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditative arts movements such as yoga and tai-chi.

Potomac View Elementary School – Getting Fit at the “View”, $1,500
Prince William County
The goal of this initiative is to increase physical activity among 4th and 5th grade boys and girls through soccer and running.  Approximately 65 students will be eligible to participate in a mentoring program that will encourage fitness, as well as good nutrition and personal goals. 

Potowmack Elementary School – Eat, Play, Learn $1,600
Loudoun County
An integrated curriculum including seed-to-table nutrition education and universally designed movement activities will foster healthy eating habits, a love of physical activity, and improved motor competence for approximately 22 preschoolers in early childhood special education classes.

Taylor Elementary School – Eat Smart and MOO-ve, $2,000
Arlington
The Eat Smart and MOO-ve program will combine promoting increased fruit and vegetable consumption with the goal for each student to complete a 100-mile, “Moo-ve to Richmond” challenge during in-school Physical Education (P.E.) classes.

Rockledge Elementary School – Nutrition and Fitness Programs at Rockledge ES, $1,800
Prince William County
This program strives to increase the health and activity level of Rockledge Elementary School students and families by offering a free Bike Rodeo, a family walking club, and nutritious meals as part of SOL Night.

Westfield High School - Girl's Only Fitness Class, $2,000
Fairfax County
This class will educate female students who are not athletic team participants or in Physical Education (P.E.) class about a healthy diet, the importance of 60 minutes of activities, and what they can do to stay healthy and fit for the rest of their lives. This class will change the way these girls think, feel and see themselves.

Grants Awarded in 2016

Grants of more than $380,000 were issued to 36 local nonprofits in 2016.

Child, Youth Development & Education

cfnc2016granteeChild, Youth Development and Education Grant Recipient: Child and Family Network CentersArlington Food Assistance Center, $10,000
Serving Arlington County
Funding will support cooking, nutrition, gardening and budgeting classes for youth through the “Healthy Kids Cooking Club” at after-school programs in low-income residential community centers.

Bridges to Independence, $10,000
Serving Arlington County and City of Alexandria
Funding will equip shelter youth with the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to successfully transition from homelessness to permanent housing.

Child and Family Network Centers, $10,000
Serving Alexandria
Funding will provide free, high-quality bilingual preschool education in order to prepare at-risk, low-income, 3 to 4 year old children for kindergarten success while improving family stability and health outcomes.

Community Lodgings, $10,000
Serving Alexandria
Funding will support academic and behavioral needs of low-income and homeless youth enrolled in three afterschool and summer education programs that provide individualized tutoring, enrichment, mentoring and parental support.

+Creative Cauldron, $2,500
Serving Fairfax County
Funding will support the Technical Theater Training Project, addressing Creative Cauldron's need to have a qualified pool of lighting design technicians available for its growing theatrical performance program while also serving a critical community need to provide enriching, out of school educational opportunities for at-risk Homestretch youth.

Edu-Futuro (Educacion Para Nuestro Futuro), $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will support the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a leadership development program that supports at-risk immigrant youth in the pursuit of a higher education. The grant will allow ELP to ensure more youth realize their college goals and become engaged community members.

+Fairfax Choral Society, $5,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will help provide top quality music education to children ages 0-10 in Northern Virginia, particularly those in need, through the development of the independent musician as well as communication, leadership, and creativity of young people.

Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, $10,000
Serving Fairfax County
Funding will help provide speech therapy and occupational therapy to children ages 2-5, primarily from low-income, immigrant families, to help them overcome developmental delays.

*The House, Inc., $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will support 350 disadvantaged youth at the Student Leadership Center’s out-of-school time youth development programs.

INMED Partnerships for Children, $10,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will deliver a new academically-focused after-school program for 75 low-income elementary school children in Sterling whose families would otherwise be unable to access or afford quality after-school care.

*Keep Prince William Beautiful, $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will help Keep Prince William Beautiful launch the Youth Leadership Program.

Health, Mental Health and Aging

insightmemorycareHealth, Mental Health & Aging Grantee: Insight Memory Care CASA, $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will provide a court appointed special advocate to every child who is abused, neglected or abandoned in Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park, so the child may be protected, receive needed services to overcome the trauma and impact of abuse and have a safe and permanent home.

Insight Memory Care Center, $10,000
Serving Fairfax County
Funding will provide daily care, support and education for individuals with dementia and their family caregivers.

Linden Resources, $7,800
Serving Fairfax County
Funding will provide life enrichment and community integration activities for Northern Virginia adult residents with disabilities through a day support program.  The program will focus on daily living and job skills education and community integration activities and recreation.

Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice (LAWS), $10,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will support the Loudon Child Advocacy Center to provide child abuse victims and their non-offending family members with the vital supportive services needed to prevent their existing trauma from negatively impacting the rest of their lives.

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, $10,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will provide transportation, financial education and management, and supportive services to the elderly, disabled and chronically ill in Loudoun County so that they can remain living independently.

NAMI Northern Virginia, $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will help identify, train and mentor twenty new Peer Leaders to serve as presenters and facilitators for three key programs: In Our Own Voice, Peer-to-Peer and Connection. These leaders will impart benefits to an additional 1,000 individuals affected by mental health conditions.

*PAH, Inc., $8,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will support PAH’s capacity to support the deaf and hard of hearing communities through individual advocacy, hearing aid screenings, community education, and agency staff training.

*Project Mend A House, $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will support a 15% expansion of safe housing services and increase their ability to meet the aging-in-place needs of extremely-low to low income senior clients, veterans and people with disabilities.

Virginia Hospital Center Foundation, $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will support the Virginia Hospital Center Lifeline Assistance Fund to help low-income seniors pay for and maintain the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert system in their homes, ensuring access to this life-saving service for as long as needed and enabling seniors to age in place safely and independently.

The Women’s Center, $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will provide individual and/or group mental health counseling to clients/residents of community-based shelters and non-profit programs serving low-income, vulnerable people in Northern Virginia, increasing their well being and stability.

Poverty Relief

lacocinaPoverty Relief Grantee: La Cocina VA Alexandria Seaport Foundation, $10,000
Serving Alexandria
Funding will support ASF’s Apprentice Program, a 6-8 month paid apprenticeship program that provides job training, workforce development, academic instruction, life skills mentoring and connections to employment for at-risk young adults ages 18-22 from Northern Virginia and surrounding areas.

BEACON for Adult Literacy, $10,000
Serving Manassas/Manassas Park
Funding will provide ESOL instruction, education services and introduction to workforce literacy to low-income adult immigrants in Prince William County, primarily Manassas/Manassas Park through BEACONworks.

Computer C.O.R.E., $8,904
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will help expand Computer C.O.R.E.'s workforce development program to the Loudoun County community, through their partnership with INMED in Sterling, VA, and help outfit and maintain a computer lab for use by the underprivileged youth and adults of that community.

Friends of Guest House, Inc., $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will provide operating support in key areas like housing, jobs, health and parenting to maintain their expanded Residential, Aftercare and Outreach Programs, which help nonviolent female ex-offenders in Northern Virginia make the difficult transition from incarceration back into the community.

Goodwill of Greater Washington, $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will provide comprehensive sector-specific employment services and workforce training at no cost to 120 low-income residents of Northern Virginia who face complex barriers to employment.

The Good Shepherd Alliance, Inc., $10,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will support the Six Steps to Self-Sufficiency Housing Program, which focuses on teaching essential life skills while providing emergency and transitional housing to provide long term solutions to poverty and homelessness in Loudoun County.

Housing Trust Fund of Virginia, Inc. dba HomeAid Northern Virginia., $10,000
Serving Loudoun County
Funding will support HomeAid's Shelter Program, to provide housing renovations to benefit Northern Virginia's homeless men, women, and children, delivering an average of 65% savings in construction costs to homeless service providers.

La Cocina VA., $10,000
Serving Arlington County
Funding will help create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed Hispanics, offering training in culinary arts certified by NOVA Community College and job placement assistance. Students come from chronic unemployment, domestic abuse, and human trafficking to becoming fully employed in less than four months.

Lorton Community Action Center, $10,000
Serving Fairfax County
Funding will provide emergency housing and/or utility assistance for eligible households in the southeast Fairfax County area to prevent evictions and/or utility disconnection for families in the LCAC Emergency Financial Assistance Program.

*Northern Virginia Family Service, $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will support the SERVE Emergency Assistance Program for ongoing staff and related operational costs.

*Streetlight Community Outreach Ministries, $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will support the Permanent Supportive Housing Program to provide transportation to doctor/clinic visits, to increase the number of hours available for mental health therapy, and to provide in-home respite care services.

Tahirih Justice Center, $10,000
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will provide legal and social services to low-income immigrant women and children throughout Northern Virginia who have survived abuse.

*Transitional Housing Barn, $10,000
Serving Prince William County
Funding will support services’ expenses of the Housing First program, including case management, salary, and financial assistance for families.

Military Personnel & Their Families

Serving Together, Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, $51,644
Serving All of Northern Virginia
Funding will continue to support service coordination and navigation assistance for veterans and military personnel and families in Northern Virginia for the third year.

Additional Grants Awarded through the Community Investment Fund Process

FACETS, $6,570
Serving Fairfax County
This annual grant is made possible by the Huntsman Endowment Fund and supports FACETS’ operating budget to help parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County.

*Denotes grants made at the Community Foundation’s recommendation from the Haymarket Donor Advised Fund.
+Denotes grants made at the Community Foundation’s recommendation from the Hanlon Donor Advised Fund.

Award Winners

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle announced the winners of its second annual grant cycle today.  A total of $40,000 has been awarded to three organizations providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs to girls in Northern Virginia, making total awards granted to date $80,000.

SHINESHINE – SHINE for Girls: $20,000
To support innovative, curriculum-based programming for middle school girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Utilizing kinesthetic learning, SHINE combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math scores and spark their interest in STEM.

Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead (GIRL): $10,000
To provide leadership development to middle school girls while providing experiential learning in STEM and Entrepreneurship to prepare them for careers of the 21st Century and equip them with the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, communication, intercommunication, and collaboration.

Marymount University – Empowering Leaders in STEAM “ENLIST II”: $10,000MarymountEnlist
To support a twelve-week STEM/STEAM after school program for 3rd-6th grade girls through Marymount University’s partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School.  Activities will be staffed by 15 MU pre-service teachers and supervised by mentor teachers, and will include a visit to MU.