CFnova BusWomCirc Logo LowResThe Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) 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.  The BWGC has awarded more than $300,000 to organizations providing exciting experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Leadership and Entrepreneurship with measurable impact on the lives of over 2,700 girls and young women in Northern Virginia.

It has made grants totaling more than $300,000 in the last six years.  See 20142015201620172018 and 2019 grantees.

For more information about the Business Women's Giving Circle, please click here.

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, please contact the Community Foundation staff to gain access to the organization profile that was already established.  Please do not set up a new profile unless you are sure your organization has not applied previously.
For more information, contact Sari Raskin at

To join the Business Women's Giving Circle with an annual membership donation, please click here.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations or organizations providing charitable or educational services including preschools, K-12 public schools, and colleges and universities. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • The 2019 BWGC grant cycle will support nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to girls and young women, preschool through college-age in Northern Virginia, with an emphasis on innovative program components such as entrepreneurship, leadership or mentorship.
  • Grant requests for program support will be considered; applications for general organizational support will not be considered.  Funding for both existing and new programs will be considered. Applications for capital improvements, endowments, or scholarship awards will not be considered.
  • Grants will be made to organizations providing services in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, plus the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax,  Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park).
  • We anticipate the 2019 grant pool to be approximately $60,000. Organizations can apply for grants of up to $20,000 in $5,000 increments, with a minimum of $10,000.
  • Completed applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 27. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.

Timeline for the grants process

July 22, 2019 Application period opens
September 30, 2019 Application period closes
December 2019 Winners are announced

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