Impact Stories

Grants

January 20, 2023
20 January 2023 (Oakton, VA)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces several grants made to organizations through multiple discretionary funds, including the Afghan Refugee and Resettlement Fund, Business Women’s Giving Circle, Healthy Kids Mental Health Grants, the Loudoun Impact Fund, and the Micron Opportunity Fund. These grants, amounting to more than $200,000, will increase equity by supporting educational opportunities, increasing access to social and economic support, and helping strengthen community resilience for residents across the region.

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January 12, 2023
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Business Women's Giving Circle recently announced the winners of its annual grants cycle. A total of $50,000 has been awarded to three local nonprofit organizations that provide STEM (Science, TEchnology, Engineering, Math), Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Mentorship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, BWGC has awarded more than $465,000 in grants that have impacted the lives of over 3,250 young people.

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January 4, 2023
Today, our largest annual discretionary grant application process opens with funding available through our Community Investment Funds (CIF), Environment Fund, and Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. As the Community Foundation works with intentionality to ensure funding is available and accessible to all nonprofits across our region, our team has updated the CIF process this year to provide general operating support, with the flexibility to use that funding where it is most needed.

Learn more about the updates and priority focus areas in the following webinar presented by Sari Raskin, VP of Grants and Community Leadership, and Jennifer Cochran, Manager of Grants and Scholarships.

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December 16, 2022
Rarely has a grant from our Community Foundation made such an immediate impact on the financial wellbeing of families and children as the grant we awarded in the spring of 2022 to United Community.

It began with our Community Foundation applying for and winning a $50,000 grant from a national cohort of funders looking to help community foundations across America help their local residents take advantage of the newly expanded 2021 Child Tax Credit. We matched this award with assets we developed over the years from our Community Investment Funds, then gave $95,000 to United Community. UC then leveraged their deep community roots, hired tax preparation services, and connected 99 households along the Route 1 corridor to those services. As a result, thousands of dollars in income tax refunds poured into the coffers of families that needed it the most. It was an example of “Community Wealth Building” at its very best.

We were so pleased and excited about the outcome of the grant that we created this video story to share with you:

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December 7, 2022
In 2022, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia invested time, resources and strategic investments to support access to mental health for Northern Virginia's diverse community.  Its Mental Health grantee, SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center, provides child abuse victims and their families with a safe environment and support services as they navigate the aftermath of recovery and investigation.

Here is a story from SafeSpot, with a very powerful tale about the impact of this support for children in our region.  If you or someone you know is experiencing child abuse, please contact Virginia's Child Protective Services at 804-786-8536 for help and resources.

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November 29, 2022
In 2022, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia launched a new Permanent Fund to support those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Grants are awarded each year through the Community Investment Funds cycle, supporting the most critical needs throughout our region.

Here is a story from its very first grantee, A Farm Less Ordinary. See how this fund is already making an impact in our region.

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November 8, 2022
Earlier this week, the Community Foundation awarded $50,000 to Melwood in support of the Fairfax County Workforce Innovation and Skills Hub (WISH).

The WISH Center is a first-of-its-kind workforce development center designed to break down barriers and create opportunities for economic empowerment and independence for the Fairfax County community. Led by Melwood’s deeply experienced and connected team and in partnership with Building Momentum, WISH offers tactical skills training, soft skills training, job placement services, career mapping, and resources related to language learning, childcare and affordable housing.

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July 26, 2022
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund awarded a grant of $25,390 to Smart City Works to create a Mental Health Track for its 2022 Smart City Challenge- an innovative competition that convenes diverse, wide-ranging organizations and projects virtually in the sectors of housing, transportation, health, water, and others.

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June 9, 2022
The Community Foundation has long supported organizations that allow our elderly residents in Northern Virginia to live with dignity. The region is home to more than 280,000 seniors, around 80 percent of whom live in a condo or house they own. These aging homeowners tend to have higher rates of disability (about a quarter of whom have a significant cognitive or physical impairment), and are at a higher risk of poverty- about 10 percent are living below 200% of the federal poverty line. Since 2011, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $225,000 to help older adults throughout Northern Virginia stay in their homes.

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May 25, 2022

“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.” -Khaled Hosseini 

Hosseini’s quote captures the experience of many refugees. Some come from areas experiencing natural disasters. Some, from starvation. Many, from war. Of those refugees who do make it to safety experience a different kind of waiting- be it for international intervention, a wait for safety, or waiting for the long process of acclimation and integration to be completed. Unfortunately, there are few if any remedies for satiating the unease and adjustments a refugee feels when she leaves her home country for a new place altogether. But, there are many ways to support these people as they adjust to new lives in a new place. 

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May 4, 2022
Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of speech, and a fair, free press. Current events around the world emphasize the importance of this tenet. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia understands the power of the media to inform and elevate issues of importance, and that is why it has made a three-year commitment to InsideNova, providing support towards a dedicated position to report on underserved communities in Fairfax County, focusing on issues like housing, transportation, and so on. To date, the Community Foundation has awarded $27,500.

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April 27, 2022
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $613,725 in grants to 50 local organizations through its 2022 Community Investment Funds (CIF), Environment Fund, and Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, helping respond to need and seed innovative solutions to complex social problems across the region.

As the Community Foundation’s core grants program, funds are invested in organizations serving the northern virginia community in the areas of Aging, Arts, Child and Youth Development, Education, Environment, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Military Personnel and Families, and Safety Net to Support Basic Needs. This represents the largest ever discretionary grants cycle in the Community Foundation’s history.

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March 1, 2022
Northern Virginia as a region is not a monolith- the communities we serve range from the inner suburbs and edge cities of the Nation's Capital, to the rural shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and everywhere inbetween. Recently, the Community Foundation awarded two organizations from two very different parts of the region, two separate grants totalling more than $10,000. Though distance may separate them, they are two organizations driven by their mission and values- to fulfill a critical need for those most vulnerable.

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February 4, 2022
In 2021, Nueva Vida received a two-year grant totaling $30,000 from the Mental Health Fund, a permanent community endowment at the Community Foundation dedicated to the mental health and well-being of all members of the Northern Virginia community. The grant helped Nueva Vida design and implement the Más Fuertes Juntos (Stronger Together) program – a mental health intervention program to assess the emotional well-being and health-related quality of life for uninsured Latinos across Northern Virginia, with a targeted focus in Prince William County.
“The demand for culturally tailored mental health services is a critical need for the overwhelmed uninsured Latino community. Forever funding can help close the vast gaps in equitable mental health care and provide recent Latino immigrants support as they face traumatic exposures of migration, PTSD, depression and stress associated with the immigration experience and the challenges of integration vs. marginalization in the US.”
-Laura A. Logie, PhD, Director of Research, Nueva Vida.

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January 6, 2022
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, a leader in philanthropy in the region announced today it has awarded $119,900 in grants to 11 local organizations in the third round of grants from its Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia. Each organization received a grant between $9,900 and $20,000.The grants will support Afghans who fled their country and who either pass through or are resettled here in Northern Virginia.

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January 5, 2022
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, a trusted leader in philanthropy in the region announced today the opening of the 2022 grant cycles for its Community Investment Funds (CIF)The Environment Fund, and The Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts. The Community Foundation conducts several discretionary grant cycles each year that help meet critical needs and seed innovative solutions to complex social problems across the region.

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December 22, 2021
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women's Giving Circle (BWGC) today announced the winners of its annual grant cycle. A total of $55,000 in grants has been awarded to three local nonprofit organizations and schools that provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Mentorship programs to girls and young women in Northern Virginia. To date, BWGC has awarded more than $415,000 in grants that have impacted the lives of over 3,250 girls and young women in the region.

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December 21, 2021
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a grant of $52,076.23 from its Innovation Fund to Reston-based NOVA Labs. The Innovation Fund uses a venture philanthropy model of grant-making in which donors to the Innovation Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation find investment opportunities in Northern Virginia.

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December 15, 2021
The Loudoun Impact Fund recently awarded $105,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County. Grant awards were made possible through the generosity of 50 individuals and businesses that pooled charitable gifts.

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December 9, 2021
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $60,000 in grants to six local organizations in the second round of grants from its Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia. The grantees include FACETS, FAMIL – Potomac Rotary Charities, Herndon-Reston FISH Inc., Homes Not Borders Inc., Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Each organization is receiving a $10,000 grant. The grants will support Afghans fleeing their country who either pass through or are resettled here in Northern Virginia.

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