Grants & Scholarships

Business Women's Giving Circle

STEM & Leadership Support for Girls and Young Women

Business Women's Giving Circle
Since 2014, the Business Women’s Giving Circle awarded more than $300,000 to organizations providing exciting experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Leadership and Entrepreneurship with measurable impact on the lives of over 2,700 girls and young women in Northern Virginia.

*For this year only, The Business Women’s Giving Circle will not be accepting applications for the current grant cycle from the general public. While we realize the need across the entire philanthropic spectrum is greater than ever, we have decided to continue to work with our grantees from the immediately preceding year for this grants cycle.

We are very hopeful that we will be able to open the application to the general public again next year.

Timeline for the Grants Process

Late July Application Period Opens
End of September Application Period Closes
Early November Semi-Finalists Pitch at Shark Tank
November 19, 2020 Grant Recipients are announced

Application Process

We will review all submitted applications to ensure that applicants meet our eligibility requirements. Applications that pass our initial screening will move on to our Grant Committee, which will review applications in the month of October. In early November, semi-finalists will be contacted and requested to pitch later in November.

Semi-Finalist Pitch Week

The Business Women’s Giving Circle (“BWGC”) of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awards grants to support innovative STEM opportunities for girls and young women in our region. In November, we hear pitches from our semifinalist grant applicants to develop the slate of grant winners. Each semifinalist presents, or “pitches” their program, and then addresses questions from BWGC members. After the pitches have concluded, the assembled members deliberate, document feedback for the presenter, and develop a recommended slate of grantees which is later presented to the full membership for approval. All BWGC Members will have the opportunity to vote on the slate of grantee finalists.

Grant Recipients Announced

In December, Grant Recipients will be contacted and notified. Once grantees have completed acceptance, a press release will announce the recipients.

Grantee Celebration

In January, Grantees will present their organization again to all members, donors, and key stakeholders. This is an opportunity to share how the funds will be utilized and other volunteer opportunities that may exist.

Eligibility Requirements & FAQ’s

Grant Application Portal

To apply, update, or submit a grant application, access the grants portal here:
Grants Portal

You will be instructed to set up an organizational profile before applying. If your organization has applied in the past, please contact the Community Foundation staff to gain access to the organization profile that was already established. Please do not set up a new profile unless you are sure your organization has not applied previously.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations or organizations providing charitable or educational services including preschools, K-12 public schools, and colleges and universities. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • The 2019 BWGC grant cycle supported nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to girls and young women, preschool through college-age in Northern Virginia, with an emphasis on innovative program components such as entrepreneurship, leadership or mentorship.
  • Grant requests for program support were considered; applications for general organizational support were not considered. Funding for both existing and new programs was considered. Applications for capital improvements, endowments, or scholarship awards were not considered.
  • Grants were made to organizations providing services in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, plus the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park).
  • The 2019 grant pool was just shy of $70,000.
  • Completed applications were due by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 27. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.

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.