Explore our grant opportunities below. Our grants and scholarships are guided by the vision of our donors who create personalized funds to meet their own philanthropic goals. Some grantmaking funds issue guidelines and request proposals. Others recommend grants to our board without any interaction with our charities. When a fund is seeking a proposal or specific information, we let our prospective grantees know via email announcements—so be sure you sign up to receive those. Scholarship funds are unique, too. Be sure to look at specifics for each one.

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Currently accepting applications for the 2022 Grant Cycle – Applications due by February 4, 2022, 5:00 p.m. 

2022 Grant Guidelines and Application Instructions

Forward Turn is a youth-led charitable grantmaking program that takes a “forward turn” to benefit communities in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties. Forward Turn is a partner with the Youth Advisory Council in Loudoun County and funded by the S. Murray and Mary H.C. Rust Student Philanthropy Project endowment fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Forward Turn Youth Advisors consider applications that strengthen positive lifestyles, create united communities, and encourage community involvement in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.

About the Donors

Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Stirling and Murray Rust and his wife Mary Hilton Coburn Rust seeded a permanent endowment, the S. Murray Rust and Mary H.C. Trust Student Philanthropy Project, to create the Forward Turn Youth program.

Forward Turn Grant Guidelines

The Community Foundation and its Forward Turn Youth Advisors will consider applications that strengthen positive youth lifestyle, create united youth communities, and encourage community youth involvement in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties. We have a strong preference for youth involvement in the application process. See more about that below. Here are some ideas for grant programs, but we’re interested in your ideas, too:

  • Address substance abuse and eating disorders in teens
  • Educate teen users about internet safety
  • Offer educational mentoring or tutoring programs for youth
  • Teach tolerance and anti-bullying to teens
  • Improve school attendance, reduce high-school dropout, and improve teen motivation
  • Demonstrate road safety and safe driving practices
  • Build meaningful links between youth, adults, and/or elderly
  • Abate teen pregnancy
  • Help with teen hunger, clothing, shelter, and poverty influences
  • Bring awareness and helpful programs for teen depression and suicide
  • Support programs that protect and preserve our environment

Grant Making Priorities

  • Proposals written by teen applicants!
  • Projects that include collaboration with another student, group, church, or charitable nonprofit
  • Projects that leverage additional resources, like volunteer time, in-kind gifts of materials or supplies, or that are matched by other funding sources
  • Ideas that have high impact with a small grant

Who is eligible to apply…and who receives a grant?

Forward Turn grant applicants may be faith-based organizations, local nonprofit organizations, government groups, and schools serving Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. We prioritize grant proposals written by youth. However, the grant application may be written and prepared by an adult project leader, but we do require that a youth volunteer and program participant write a Letter of Endorsement and submitted with the grant application. For some summaries of past grants awarded, visit https://communityfoundationlf.org/forwardturn/.

Application Deadlines, Interviews and Reviews

Applications must be submitted electronically through our online grants portal at Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 4, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Applicants and the youth endorsing their work must be available for an interview with Forward Turn youth grantmakers. Interviews will take place on the evenings of February 28, 2022, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and March 14, 2022, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (you only need to attend one of these dates, and we’ll work with you on the best date and time for you). It is anticipated that interviews will be held in person.

Grant Size, Announcement, and Final Reporting

Grants range from $500 to $1,500 (you must request a specific amount of funding in your application). Grants are anticipated to be announced by March 18, 2022. Grant recipients have one year to complete a project and spend their grant funds once funded.

Application Instructions

All applications will be submitted online through our online grants portal at https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cflf. If you have not previously submitted an application through this portal, you will need to create an account by clicking “User Login” and then “Create an Account.” Once you log in, click “Apply” to view grant guidelines and access the online application.

Questions?

Contact Nicole Acosta, Vice President of Grants and Nonprofit Programs, at [email protected] or 703-779-3505, x3.

100 Women Strong

About 100WomenStrong

100WomenStrong is a diverse group of women, men, and corporate partners who love Loudoun County, and want to make a difference here. Together, they make a powerful impact with combined giving. Each member has an equal say and an equal vote about which nonprofit organizations will receive support each year. 100WomenStrong was founded in 2008 by people who have made a commitment to improve the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County. By combining powerful financial strength, a philanthropic passion for giving, and community leadership, 100WomenStrong provides strategic support to help address key areas of need in our community. 100WomenStrong is a component fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. 100WomenStong now invites organizations to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2022 100WomenStrong Competitive Grant cycle.

Grantmaking Priorities
100WomenStrong prioritizes funding for projects or programs addressing these needs in Loudoun County, Virginia:

  • Shelter
  • Health
  • Hunger
  • Education

In addition, 100WomenStrong prioritizes requests for funding that:

  • maintain or increase the capacity of the organization’s mission
  • provide significant benefits and/or impact to Loudoun County residents
  • provide creative and innovative ways to meet community needs

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity in good standing with the IRS, a unit of government, or a school.

Grant Cycle Timeline

The 100WomenStrong Competitive Grant is a two-part process.  Each year, 100WomenStrong requests brief Letters of Intent (LOI) from nonprofit organizations interested in applying for funding.  Letters of Intent are generally due in the fall of each year.  Of those nonprofits that submit LOI’s, select applicants are invited to submit a full proposal for funding.

The LOI submission period for the 2022 grant cycle closed November 1, 2021.  LOI’s will be reviewed by 100WomenStrong; select organizations will then be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. All organizations that submit an LOI will be notified of the outcome of their request by December 13, 2021.

Organizations invited to submit a full proposal after the LOI review process will be given instructions to submit a full proposal in December 2021. Proposals will be due by February 1, 2022. Full applications will be reviewed by 100WomenStrong who will make grant recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

About the Loudoun Chamber Foundation

The Loudoun Chamber Foundation was established in 2014 to advance the Loudoun Chamber’s mission to create and promote a world class quality of life in Loudoun County. The Loudoun Chamber Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. The Loudoun Chamber’s charitable giving is prioritized based on an applicant organization’s alignment with their strategic objectives, in this order of priority:

  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurship – The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce believes strongly in the value of creating economic opportunity in our community as the most essential element of a world class quality of life.
  • Education and Workforce Development – The quality of our workforce and K-20 education systems that prepare our future workforce are essential components of Loudoun County’s world class quality of life.
  • Public Safety –The Loudoun County Chamber has a decades-long tradition of supporting our emergency first responders and their families, particularly those that have suffered injuries or death while in performance of their sworn duties.
  • Healthy Community – The health of the Loudoun economy and its quality of life is inextricably linked to the health and wellness of its citizens and the financial stability of the organizations that serve our citizens’ health and wellbeing.

Applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity in good standing with the IRS and serving Loudoun County.  Priority is given to applicants that are members of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.  The Loudoun Chamber Foundation grants are generally for general operating support of organization’s overall work and mission. Organizations are ineligible to receive grants for two consecutive years.

Grant Cycle Timeline

The Loudoun Chamber Foundation accepts applications for funding once per year.  Generally, the application cycle opens in October or November, and closes in late November. Grants are generally awarded in December.  The application cycle for 2021 closed on November 12, 2021.

Final Reports for Grantees

Grantees awarded funds in 2020 are not required to complete a final grant report.

The Loudoun Impact Fund

About Loudoun Impact Fund

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a partnership between the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties and Community Foundation for Northern Virginia to offer grant opportunities to qualifying organizations serving Loudoun County. The Loudoun Impact Fund prioritizes funding for services and projects that positively impact vulnerable or at-risk children and youth; people with disabilities; and/or older adults in Loudoun County.

The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of caring donors, each making gifts of $1,000 (per person) or $5,000 (per foundation or corporation) to the Fund. Gifts are pooled together to leverage funding and offer grants with impact, here at home. Many members are new to grantmaking and look forward to learning more about programs, needs, and solutions in Loudoun County.  Learn more about joining Loudoun Impact Fund as a donor.

Grant Cycle Timeline

The Loudoun Impact Fund accepts applications for funding once per year. Generally the application cycle opens in September and closes in October.  Grants are generally awarded in November or December.  The application cycle for 2021 closed on October 15, 2021.

Final Reports for Grantees

Final grant reports for 2020 grantees are due by November 1, 2021.  Grantees should use this grant report form.

About Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund was founded in 2019 as a tribute to Ursula Landsrath. In addition to her career as a fashion model, movie stunt driver, skydiver, hotel manager, fashion boutique manager, and real estate investor, Ursula was a steadfast animal welfare advocate. In 2001, she founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia that distributed more than $1 million in grants around the Commonwealth. ULARF continues her legacy and will consider applications from nonprofit organizations serving or rescuing needy animals in Virginia.  Grants are prioritized for animal welfare nonprofit organizations incorporated and operating in Virginia.  ULARF also prioritizes grants for the following activities:

  • Spay/neuter, Trap Neuter Return programs for feral cats;
  • Emergency medical funds, supplies, and equipment for farm, domestic, or wild animals;
  • Costs of emergency repairs to organization facilities (unanticipated electrical/plumbing/water heaters, etc);
  • Public outreach and education program expenses.

Grant Cycle Timeline

ULARF accepts applications for funding once per year. Generally the application cycle opens in August and closes in October.  Grants are generally awarded in November or December.  The application cycle for 2021 closed on October 20, 2021.

Final Reports for Grantees

Grantees awarded funds in 2020 are not required to complete a final grant report.

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