To increase the number of children and adults who are prepared to enter a competitive workforce in the 21st century. 

The Community Foundation establishes priority funding areas within each fund. For 2020, the Community Foundation will consider applications in the following categories:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language Proficiency for Adults and Children
  • Workforce Development/Skills-based Education
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

Designate "Education" when making a Community Investment Funds donation to support this critical need.

“The Community Foundation in general and the Education Fund in particular provide the ability to selectively focus on innovative ideas where more formal educational institutions fall short.  This is particularly needed in this time of rapid technological change and upheaval.  The entrepreneurial nature of these grants can direct funds where they provide the most benefit.”  

- JPS Donor Advised Fund, Supporter of the Education Fund