Grants & Scholarships

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

Education BEACON
According to our Opportunity Index for Northern Virginia, the number of poor school-aged children is growing and we have an increasing number of new and recent immigrants.

Robert Putnam, in his book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” explains how the opportunity gap that leads to decreased economic mobility for many segments of our population can be addressed by access to high quality early education.

To help increase the number of children and adults who are prepared to enter a competitive workforce in the 21st century, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia makes grants with a focus in Education annually through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle.

The Education 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, The Arc of Northern Virginia received a grant to support trainings for its trainers on a new application developed to assist individuals with disabilities navigating through their every-day lives. A client shared how this application is helping him. “Moving forward, I want to use the apps to do the other things I need to practice living independently, so I can practice having a good life, and becoming a good adult in the future. Using my iPad can help me because these apps can be used for any purpose.”
— Testimonial from 2018 grantee, The Arc of Northern Virginia

Nonprofits: Learn More & Apply

The 2021 application cycle is now closed.  Applications were accpted in the following categories:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language Proficiency for Adults and Children
  • Workforce Development/Skills-based Education


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.