The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards 36 Grants Totaling More Than $300,000

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The Literacy Lab will receive a $10,000 grant to provide low-income, pre-kindergarten children in Alexandria with a year of daily literacy intervention.

The Literacy Lab will receive a $10,000 grant to provide low-income, pre-kindergarten children in Alexandria with a year of daily literacy intervention.

Thirty-six nonprofit organizations in Northern Virginia have received grants of up to $10,000 each, according to The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, which awarded the grants. The amount of all of the grants totaled $308,643.

The foundation’s appointed volunteer committees, which consisted of area experts, donors, and foundation board members, reviewed 138 applications. Applications were accepted in the following categories: Child and Youth Development; Education; Health; Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.

The Community Investment Fund grant cycle is the largest of the foundation’s discretionary fund cycles.

Community Foundation board member Ken Huntsman, who served as the 2014 Community Investment Fund grants committee chair, said, “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. 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 following nonprofits received grants:
Child and Youth Development
■ Audubon Naturalist Society ($2,500)
■ Casa Chirilagua ($6,760)
■ Casa CIS ($10,000)
■ Community Lodgings ($10,000)
■ Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates ($2,500)
■ The House, Inc. ($10,000)
■ The Reading Connection ($7,500)
■ United Methodist Family Services ($10,000)
Education
■ All Ages Read Together ($10,000)
■ BEACON for Adult Literacy ($10,000)
■ Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center ($3,000)
■ The Literacy Lab ($10,000)
■ Literacy Volunteers of America – Prince William, Inc. ($10,000)
■ Loudoun Literacy Council ($10,000)
■ ReSET, $10,000
■ Young Playwrights’ Theater, $5,000
Health, Mental Health and Aging
■ Access Hope ($10,000)
■ Arlington Free Clinic ($10,000)
■ The Culmore Clinic ($8,896)
■ Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, D.C. ($10,000)
■ Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia ($10,000)
■ Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/LAWS ($10,000)
■ Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers ($10,000)
■ New Hope Housing, Inc. ($10,000)
■ NOVA ScriptsCentral ($10,000)
■ Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia ($6,702)
■ The Women’s Center ($9,500)
Poverty Relief
■ Action in Community Through Service ($10,000)
■ Arlington Thrive ($8,000)
■ Centreville Immigration Forum ($6,785)
■ Food for Others ($8,000)
■ Friends of Guest House, Inc. ($8,000)
■ The Good Shepherd Alliance, Inc. ($7,500)
■ Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services ($8,000)
■ Northern Virginia Family Service ($10,000)
■ Transitional Housing BARN ($10,000)

During Fiscal 2013, the foundation, awarded $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits, interfaith groups and schools in critical need; awarded $240,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the region; and reported approximately $32 million in philanthropic funds established by individual and corporate donors.

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