Grants & Scholarships

Environment Fund

Protecting Northern Virginia’s Natural Environment

Community Investment Funds
EnvironFund LogoThe Environment Fund launched in 2018 as a component fund of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, made possible by a $500,000 gift to from an anonymous donor.

The mission of the Environment Fund is to protect, restore and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia, thereby enhancing the health and quality of life of its citizens and the economy of the region.

Make a donation to support environmental grants in our region.

Fund Goals

  • Support and encourage collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, governments, educational institutions, and private philanthropic donors to promote actions that will have a beneficial effect on the health of the natural environment and local economy.
  • Support public awareness and public education about protecting the natural environment and the impact of public and private actions on the natural environment.
  • Support the efforts of citizen engagement that helps improve and protect the natural environment.


Since its inception, the Environment Fund has awarded $147,200 in grants to organizations across the region to invest in organizations committed to the fund's goals.  The first grant in 2018 supported Fairfax County Public Schools' Get 2 Green iniative.  Subsequently, the fund has supported Coaltion for Smarter Growth's ability to expand its work in Northern Virginia as well as Eco-Action Arlington's Energy Masters Program.

Most recently, it awarded a $26,000 grant to Audubon Naturalist Society, to support Audubon’s Water Keepers of Little Hunting Creek, a family watershed education and conservation program that will reach 80 underserved children and 40 adults from four Route 1 residential areas in collaboration with Nova and Water Conservation, Park Authority, United Communities, and other local partners.
“This grant will have a tremendously positive impact for CSG, more than doubling our capacity to build coalitions and help the Northern Virginia suburbs become more sustainable,” said Stuart Schwartz. “As the suburbs face growing environmental and equity challenges, the support of local donors through the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is essential. We are extremely grateful for the support.”
— Testimonial shared by 2019 Grantee Coalition for Smarter Growth

Nonprofits: Learn More & Apply

The 2021 application cycle is now closed.

Applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations that are collaborating/will be collaborating with a government entity (local, city, county or regional, within Northern Virginia) to offer an education program in the area(s) of:
  • Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainability


  • 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.
  • The Community Foundation intends to make one grant of $26,000.
  • Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Organizations are limited to one application per grant cycle. Multiple applications will not be considered.

Grant Application Portal

The 2021 Grants Cycle is now closed.  To apply, update, or submit a grant application, and to submit final reports for past grants, click below:

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.

Timeline for the grants process

January 7, 2021 2021 Informational Webinar
January 7, 2021 Applications Open
February 4, 2021 Applications Due
April 19, 2021 Applicants notified of funding status
February 1, 2022 Grant Reports Due from 2021 Grantees

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Please contact Sari Raskin, Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership.
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