The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties established the Community Emergency Relief Fund in March 2020 to accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. In addition to grantmaking addressing the impact of COVID in our community, the gifts to the Community Emergency Relief Fund may disbursed to address other community-wide disaster relief efforts, such as fires or natural disasters.

Grantmaking Priorities

  • Frontline assistance to households and individuals with an emphasis on vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 or other disasters/community-wide emergencies;
  • Support for the human services nonprofit sector facing significant losses in income; and,
  • Flexible grants to support collaborative approaches for the highest impact.

Distributions are strategically made and complement government and other funders’ initiatives in our community.

To Donate Online

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To Donate by Check

Make checks payable to “Community Foundation,” with “Community Emergency Relief Fund” in memo line

Mail to: Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties
PO Box 342, Leesburg, VA 20178

For more information, contact Amy Owen, President, at (703) 779-3505, x1 or [email protected]

How We’ve Helped

Since the Community Emergency Relief Fund was established in March 2020, it has actively supported COVID-19 relief efforts.

Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention

One of the most pressing and unmet needs in our community related to the financial impact of COVID-19 is rental assistance and eviction prevention. In March 2020, seed funding from the Community Emergency Relief Fund launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund and Helpline, a rental asstance helpline providing financial assistance to Loudoun residents, operated in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and Loudoun Cares. Between March 2020 and March 2021, the Community Emergency Relief Fund has granted more than $129,000 towards rental relief efforts supporting Loudoun residents.

Human Services Nonprofit Support

In addition to rental assistance funding, the Community Emergency Relief Fund has also supported nonprofits providing safety-net human services to Loudoun’s most vulnerable residents throughout the pandemic. In June 2020, the CERF provided $100,000 in grants to Loudoun-based human service organization addressing health, hunger, housing, homelessness, education, and services for people with disabilities. In December 2020, the CERF granted $20,000 to four human service nonprofits that raised matching funds through our Giving Tuesday Giving Challenge. Those nonprofits will use their funds to provide domestic violence services, care and employment to people with disabilities, books to pre-school aged children, and food and clothing to low-income families.

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