To help children and youth to thrive.

The Community Foundation establishes priority funding areas within each fund. For 2020, the Community Foundation will consider applications in the following categories.  Applications that do not fall into these categories will not be considered:

Positive youth development organizations or programs that support and provide opportunities to children and youth (age birth - 21) who may be at risk due to poverty (defined as up to 200% of the federal poverty level.)

Proposals in the following areas will be considered:
  • Afterschool/Summer Activities
  • Academic Achievement
Criteria: The Community Foundation will consider grant applications that meet the following criteria.
  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations providing charitable or educational services. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Grant requests for capacity building, program or general support purposes will be considered. Funding may be used to support, expand or enhance existing programs or to start new programs. 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 and Manassas/Manassas Park).
  • Grant requests of $10,000 will be accepted.
  • Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.
Applications will open on January 9, 2020.

Grant Application Portal

To apply or update a grant application, access the grants portal here:

Submit Applications or Review Past Grants Here

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Sari Raskin at or Jill Bach at

To learn more about poverty issues facing our children, please read our report: A Portrait of Children in Northern Virginia 2010 available here.


Designate "Child & Youth Development" when making a Community Investment Funds donation to support this critical need.

"We must nurture, mentor, and encourage today's youth with the goal of providing them with the assets they need to become happy, healthy, successful individuals and leaders of tomorrow. The Community Foundation carefully reviews their funding opportunities, making certain they support initiatives which serve a diverse population.” 

- Craig & Lisa Adler, Supporters of the Child & Youth Development Fund