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:

Business Women's Giving Circle
The Business Women's Giving Circle brings together engaged women who want to support positive change for girls and young women in our community. Launched in 2014, the BWGC invests in innovative programs, connects meaningfully with members and grantees, and inspires others to join the power of collective philanthropy.  BWGC has awarded $178,000 to organizations providing exciting experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Leadership and Entrepreneurship with measurable impact on the lives of over 1,300 girls and young women in Northern Virginia.

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.

Environment Fund
The 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. The first grants from the fund were awarded in early 2018, and that grant applications will be by invitation only.

Future Fund
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.

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.

Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund (LEAF)
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.

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.

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.

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

Opens

Closes

Announced

Business Women's Giving Circle

July September December
Community Investment Funds

January

February May
Environment Fund

By invitation only.

  January
Future Fund

September

October December

Healthy Kids Grants

April June September
Latino Engagement and Achievement
Fund (LEAF)


August October February
Loudoun Impact Fund

July

October November

NOVA Parks

January February April
Our Children Fund

Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
The Giving Circle of HOPE

May July November