Grants & Scholarships

Community Investment Funds

Supporting Critical Need in Northern Virginia

Community Investment Funds
The Community Investment Funds are the signature grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation in which funds are invested in organizations serving the Northern Virginia community in the areas of child and youth development, disabilities, education, Latino engagement and achievement, mental health, aging, military personnel and their families, and safety net support.

Our 2023 cycle is now open and accepting applications through 5:00 pm on February 2nd.  Watch the webinar below in which we shared details about the application process and priority funding areas for this year, and scroll down this page for the application portal.  Slides are available here, and an FAQ document is available with answers to many of the quetions that arose during the event.

Please consider a gift to support our annual Community Investment Fund grant cycle, to ensure organizations across the region can provide critical support to our neighbors and fellow community members. Your contribution of any size will be pooled with all donors and combined with funding available from our Permanent Fund endowments to make a difference right here at home.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia conducts an annual grant cycle through the Community Investment Fund. Nonprofit organizations providing services in Northern Virginia are invited to apply. All CIF Funds use the same application.

See the list of 2022 Community Investment Fund award winners here.

For the 2023 application cycle, the Community Foundation will accept requests in the following categories.


Grant Application Portal

To apply, update, or submit a grant application, and to submit final reports for past grants, click below:
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.

Who can apply?

  • Organizations providing services in Northern Virginia (defined as the areas within Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park) can apply for funding.
  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations providing charitable or educational services. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Organizations are limited to one application per grant cycle. Multiple applications will not be considered.

2023 Grants Webinar

Northern Virginia nonprofits are invited to join us for this annual webinar about the 2023 grant application processes for the Community Investment Funds, Environment Fund and Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. All of these cycles will be available simultaneously and nonprofits must select the category in which to apply. It begins on January 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM.

Grant Cycle Timeline

January 4, 2023 Applications Open
January 4, 2023 2023 Grants Webinar
February 1, 2023 Grant Reports Due from 2022 Grantees
February 2, 2023 Applications Due
April 2023 Applicants notified of funding status
February 1, 2024 Grant Reports Due from 2023 Grantees

Special Thanks To:

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Please contact Sari Raskin, Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership.
703 879 7641 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jennifer CochranQuestions?
Please contact Jennifer Cochran, Manager of Grants and Scholarships.
703 879 7639 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.