Grants & Scholarships

Innovation Fund

To Recognize and Promote Innovation

Community Investment Funds
InnFund LogoThe Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia promotes inventiveness, creativity and new design, seeding a more innovative ecosystem in the region. Established in 2012, it became a component fund of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia in 2016 when community donors contributed $500,000 to create an endowment that will forever allow this fund to seed innovation throughout the region.

Make a donation to seed innovation in our region.

The Innovation Fund uses a venture philanthropy model of grant making in which donors to the Innovation Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation board and staff, find investment opportunities in Northern Virginia that help:
  • Diversify the local economy
  • Launch the very first cyber security course of study in our local high schools
  • Level the playing field for disadvantaged youth
  • Promote grass roots innovation
The venture philanthropy model goes far beyond the writing of checks to address an immediate need. Grants from the Innovation Fund are truly “venture” in nature, supporting nascent programs that, but for the Innovation Fund support, may not have launched. The Fund invests in community to help solve local problems, strategically partnering with local nonprofits and schools to launch promising, innovative programs and initiatives that have the potential to transform our region.
Lisa Gring Pemble“The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s investment has allowed the George Mason University Honey Bee Initiative to leverage innovators, educators, student teams and community partners to address a critical food security issue, namely the honey bee crisis. This grant funded the development and launch of student run sustainable businesses, innovative beekeeping co-curricular programming, and community involvement in our educational apiaries.”
— Lisa M. Gring-Pemble, Ph.D., Director, Social Entrepreneurship and Global Impact, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship School of Business, George Mason University, Innovation Fund Grantee

Nonprofits: Learn More

The Community Foundation is not running competitive grant cycles through the Innovation Fund, but instead invites donors to partner with us for greater impact. All investments in local innovation through the Innovation Fund will be informed by both the donors to the Innovation Fund and Community Foundation board and staff.

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