Grants & Scholarships

The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts

To celebrate, promote, and support the arts in Northern Virginia.

Community Investment Funds
ArtsFund LogoStephen Roberts, a donor advisor for the Sue Goetz Ross and Stephen S. Roberts Music Fund, made a legacy gift in 2018 to help launch the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. This gift ensures this fund will become part of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, forever supporting arts and culture in the region.

Make a donation to support the arts in Northern Virginia.

Fund Goals

  • Build a world-class, dynamic, vibrant arts and culture sector by:
    • Celebrating artistic genius and success
    • Growing the capacity of existing arts organizations
    • Assisting in the creation of new art organizations
  • Increase understanding of the central and critical role of the arts in healthy communities
  • Activate support for the arts

Nonprofits: Learn More & Apply

The 2019-2020 Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts is now complete. The Community Foundation accepted applications for capacity building grants (fundraising, board governance, marketing, etc.) to organizations that focus on performing and visual arts. Applications that did not fall into these categories were not considered.

The 2020 Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts Grant Cycle has closed.
See the list of 2020 Grantees here:

Grants Criteria

  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations providing charitable or educational services. Local, state, and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Grant requests for capacity building only will be considered. Applications for specific programs, 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 three grants of $20,000 each of $10,000/year for two years.
  • Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.

Grant Application Portal

The 2019-2020 Grants Cycle is now closed. Stay tuned for details on the dates of the 2020-2021 cycle.

To apply, update, or submit a grant application. Access the grants portal below:
Grants Portal

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

November 4, 2019 Application period opens
January 6, 2020 Applications due
March 2020 Winners announced

To be added to future grant cycle announcements, please sign up here.



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.