April 22, 2020
As the world observes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces it has awarded two $25,000 Environment Fund grants to local organizations working to protect, restore, and improve the natural environment of Northern Virginia.

"We’re proud of our annual Environment Fund initiative and thrilled to partner with this year's grantees," said Sari Raskin, Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership at Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. "Each organization is leading the way towards improving the quality of air, water, and energy in our region."

The Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) is a two-time grant recipient for its work promoting walkable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities in the Washington DC region, and the land use and transportation policies and investments needed to make those communities flourish.

“This grant will have a tremendously positive impact on CSG efforts to build coalitions and help the Northern Virginia suburbs become more sustainable,” said CSG’s Executive Director, Stewart Schwartz. “As the suburbs face growing environmental and equity challenges, the support of local donors through the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is essential. We are extremely grateful for the support.”

The other grant recipient, EcoAction Arlington will use the funds to support its Energy Masters program which trains volunteers to install energy and water efficiency devices and make improvements in low-income apartment complexes.

“This grant will allow us to expand existing energy efficiency programs that serve low-income residents living in half-way houses and group homes including seniors and people with disabilities and mental illnesses, said Elenor Hodges, Executive Director.”

This year the Environment Fund awarded grants totaling $90,200 to four organizations. Here's the list of grantees:

EcoAction Arlington, $25,200

Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, $30,000

NOVA Outside, $10, 000

Piedmont Environmental Council/Coalition for Smarter Growth, $30,000

The Environment Fund launched in 2018 as a component fund of the Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, made possible by a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor.