Grants & Scholarships

To support the growing needs of military personnel and their families.

CFNOVA Military
According to our Opportunity Index for Northern Virginia, there are over 167,000 military veterans in our region – a share that is 4-5x higher than the national average.

To help support the growing needs of military personnel and their families, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia makes grants with a focus in Military Personnel & Their Families annually through the Community Investment Funds grant cycle.

Designate "Military Personnel & Their Families" when making a Community Investment Funds donation to support this critical need.

MaryAnnVaughan“It was hard to get a job as an injured veteran, and I was happy to finally find an organization that understood the challenges and embraced me… Erica was just a Godsend, helping me secure an internship. She stuck by me through all the frustrations and even when I was ready to give up. She helped me get myself back.” Before she began her internship, Vaughan said her unemployment seemed to turn employers away. Now that she’s working, she’s turning down job offers.
— Testimonial from Mary Ann Vaughan, Veterans and client of Melwood Horticultural Center, Inc., 2019 Grantee

Nonprofits: Learn More & Apply

The Community Foundation establishes priority funding areas within each fund. For 2021 the Community Foundation will consider applications in the following categories. Applications that do not fall into these categories will not be considered.
  • Workforce Development/Job Training Skills for Military personnel, veterans and/or their families
  • Emergency Assistance for Military personnel, veterans and/or their families

From 2014-2018 the Military Personnel and Their Families Fund provided grants to Serving Together to support the coordination of services for Northern Virginia's Military Veterans and their families. This multi-year focus was directed by the Community Foundation's report "Supporting Our Region's Veterans," published in June of 2014.


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).
  • The Community Foundation intends to make two grants of $17,500 each.
  • 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 at 11:00 am
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.