Third annual “Health Kids Grants” Cycle supports 14 schools in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $20,000 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  The 2014-2015 school year is the third annual cycle, with a total of $50,000 awarded to date.  Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by a grant from the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

“Childhood obesity is a critical issue facing children and families throughout our region,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “We are delighted to partner with the Chin Family Charitable Fund helping our local schools address childhood obesity in Northern Virginia, and are pleased to see so many worthy programs blossom once provided with needed financial support.” she added. 

Grantees were approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors after having been selected by a volunteer committee including Jesse Elis, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Neerja Gursahaney, Volunteer; Melissa Jones, Nutritional Cooking Instructor and Food Educator, Former Teacher; Susan Nolan, Community Foundation Board Member; and Rhonda Richardson, Inova Health System.

For more information about the Healthy Kids Grants program, please contact Lesley MacDonald at

A full list of grant winners is in the press release below.