Grants & Scholarships

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

CFNOVA Military
Over 200,000 residents of Northern Virginia are current or former military, including 24,000 on active duty, 18,000 in training for reserves or national guard, and 168,000 veterans. The needs of this population are diverse, as described in our 2014 report on veterans in Northern Virginia.

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.

The Military Personnel & Their Families 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.

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

In 2024, applications will be accepted to support one of two areas: Workforce Development/Job Training Skills for Military personnel, veterans and/or their families; and Emergency Assistance for Military personnel, veterans and/or their families.  The exact grant amount is to be determined.



  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations providing charitable or educational services. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • This year, grant requests will only be considered for general organizational support. 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 an amount to be determined.
  • 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.

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Grant Cycle Timeline

January 10, 2024 Applications Open
January 10, 2024 2024 Grants Webinar - SEE RECORDING
February 1, 2024 Grant Reports Due from 2023 Grantees
February 7, 2024 Applications Due by 5pm
April 2024 Applicants notified of funding status
February 1, 2025 Grant Reports Due from 2024 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.