November 1, 2014

Award Winners

The Loudoun Impact Fund announced the winning organizations of its 2014 competitive grant cycle. A total of $50,000 has been awarded to five nonprofit organizations in Loudoun County to support programs serving children and youth through age 18.  This is the second grant cycle of the Loudoun Impact Fund, dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, and brings total grants through the fund to $100,000.

YMCA Loudoun County - $25,000
To support their My Place after school program, which offers state-licensed after-school care with daily homework assistance, computer time, enrichment activities, physical fitness and healthful eating.  The grant will support a sliding scale for families who might not otherwise be able to afford the program.

Audubon Naturalist Society - $5,000
To support Nature R.O.C.K.S, a nature-themed outdoor after-school program for at-risk children from underserved communities in the Leesburg, VA area. The program engages children who have not had significant exposure to nature through outdoor educational activities that: 1) connect children to the natural world; and 2) help them develop a lifelong positive environmental ethic.

The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus - $4,000
To provide first run movies in a movie theatre in Sensory Sensitive format (half volume, half lights).  This allows children with disabilities/sensory issues to enjoy movies they otherwise would not be able to attend in the public. 

Loudoun Literacy Council - $6,000
To expand a Family Literacy Project that will provide early literacy enrichment and kindergarten readiness skills to at-risk, low income children as well as adult literacy services to improve the English literacy skills of their parents.  The project will be a collaborative effort with AART in providing services to these families.

Loudoun Youth- $10,000
To support Loudoun Youth’s five major youth development programs, engaging the youth of Loudoun County in positive experiences that cultivate well-being, confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, and connection to their community.  These programs are offered primarily to middle and high school students, regardless of ethnicity, gender or means for the benefit of the youth and the health of the community.