Grants & Scholarships

To help children and youth to thrive.

CY BowenMcCauleyAccording to our Opportunity Index for Northern Virginia, half of all children in our region live in immigrant families, and more than 20% live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

To help children and youth to thrive, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia makes grants with a focus in Child & Youth Development annually through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle.

The Child and Youth Fund is a component fund of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, an unrestricted endowment at the Community Foundation that makes grants to help build a community that works for everyone.

In 2018, Girls on the Run NOVA received a grant to expand into an economically disadvantaged school. Coach Lauren Daly Lauren sought out a program that could increase healthy habits and raise self-esteem to help students succeed. Soon she held the first Girls on the Run practice as Coach Lauren.
Fast forward to the present and the Girls on the Run team at Loch Lomond is about to complete their second season. This team of sixteen 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls are becoming stronger, healthier, and more confident as individuals, but also as a team connected to each other and their coaches.
— Testimonial provided by 2018 Child & Youth Development Grantee, Girls on the Run

Nonprofits: Learn More & Apply

This Fund awards grants to 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.)

The 2021 application cycle is now closed. Proposals in the following areas were considered:
  • Afterschool / Summer Activities
  • Academic Achievement


For 2021, the Community Foundation considered grant applications that met 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.

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.

Grant Cycle Timeline

January 7, 2021 2021 CIF Informational Webinar
January 7, 2021 Applications Open
February 1, 2021 Grant Reports Due from 2020 Grantees
February 4, 2021 Applications Due
May 3, 2021 Applicants notified of funding status
February 1, 2022 Grant Reports Due from 2021 Grantees

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.