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 initiative. 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.

In 2021, it awarded a $26,000 grant to the Audubon Naturalist Society to support watershed education and conservation programs along the Route 1 corridor.
“Through this grant, we and our partners are working to ensure that the communities most affected by these changes have the tools they need to have their voices heard and ultimately benefit from a more accessible, greener, and still affordable neighborhood. This program will start with watershed education and tree planting. As the trees grow, so will the relationships, partnerships, and skillsets that empower community advocates and strengthen their voices” 
— Testimonial shared by 2021 Grantee Eliza Cava, Director of Conservation, Audubon Naturalist Society

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 educational 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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