Supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and inventive opportunities for women and girls

CFnova BusWomCirc Logo LowResThe Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) was established in early 2014 with the goal of empowering girls and women of all ages and preparing them for business success by supporting organizations that create connections, opportunities, and confidence

It has made grants totaling $178,000 in the last four years.  See the 201420152016 and 2017 grantees.

Information about the 2018 grant cycle will be posted here.

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, 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.
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 K-12 public schools and colleges and universities. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Grant requests dedicated to teaching and promoting STEM, Entrepreneurship and/or Leadership for young girls and women (K-12 and college age) in innovative ways in Northern Virginia will be considered. Funding may be used to support, expand or enhance existing programs or to start new programs in our region (with a proven track record.)
  • Grant requests for capacity building, program or general support purposes 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).
  • The 2016 grant pool will be determined by the number of BWGC members as of 9/16/2016.
  • We anticipate a grant pool of approximately $40,000.  Organizations can apply for grants of up to $20,000 in $5,000 increments.
  • Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.

Timeline for grants process

July 26, 2017 Application period opens
September 26, 2017 Application period closes
December 2017 Winners are announced

To receive an email notification when this and other Community Foundation grant cycles open, please click here.