To nurture the health of all members of the Northern Virginia community. 

The Community Foundation establishes priority funding areas within each fund. Though this Fund will continue to support organizations or programs that improve access to mental health care for those who are un- or under-insured and support services for people with disabilities in future years, the 2018 focus will focus on the following area only:
  • Organizations or programs that help the older population age in place and that support older adults who are low income or vulnerable.
Applications that do not fall into this category will not be considered.

The Community Foundation intends to make two grants of $30,000 each of $15,000/year for two years.

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, Falls Church and Manassas/Manassas Park).
  • Grant requests should be for $30,000 - $15,000 per year for two years and include a detailed budget of how these funds will be allocated each year.
  • Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.
Applications will open again early 2019.

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 issues facing our aging neighbors, please read our report: A Portrait of our Aging Population in Northern Virginia available here.

Designate "Health, Mental Health and Aging" when making a Community Investment Funds donation to support this critical need.

“Our family philanthropy is dedicated to children’s health.  Knowing this, the Community Foundation launched the “Healthy Kids Grants” program which supports elementary, middle and high school based programs across Northern Virginia that encourage better nutrition or encourage more activity among their student bodies.  With the help of the Community Foundation, we know that grants from our donor advised fund helping to improve the health of literally hundreds of school aged children and youth in the region.”

-Donor Advisor, Supporter of the Health, Mental Health & Aging Fund