2014 Community Investment Grant Cycle Supports the Region’s Neediest

literacy labThe Literacy Lab will receive a $10,000 grant to provide low-income, pre-kindergarten children in Alexandria with a year of daily literacy intervention, preparing them for success throughout their academic careers.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2014 Community Investment Grants. The 36 organizations, all of which provide support in key areas of need throughout Northern Virginia, have received grants of up to $10,000 that will further their impact on the health and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $308,643.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 138 applications.  Applications were accepted in the following areas of need:  Child and Youth Development; Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.  The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the Community Foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

Community Foundation Board Member, Ken Huntsman, served as the2014 Community Investment Fund Grants Committee Chair.  "Heading up a group of such passionate volunteers, staff, and other board members to review this year's grants and provide guidance on which grants to fund was the easy part,” said Huntsman.  “Reviewing the grants was both challenging and uplifting – challenging because there were so many more deserving organizations and projects than we had monies to fund, and uplifting knowing that our community has so many organizations who are helping meet the needs of the less fortunate around us."

The full list of grant winners can be found here.