Community Foundation Awards $404,792 in Investment Grants

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Provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced 41 winners of its annual Community Investment Funds grant cycle for 2019. The $404,792 in grants is a record amount awarded by Community Foundation. It will help local organizations provide critical services to residents throughout Northern Virginia, including programs that help to improve the health, education, and general well-being of residents, communities, and the entire region.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review applications submitted to the organization. Applications were accepted in the following areas of need: Child and Youth Development; Education; Military Personnel and Their Families; Poverty Relief. A Community Investment grant is also announced for the nonprofit organization FACETS.

The 2019 Community Investment Funds Grants were awarded to the following programs serving Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park and all of Northern Virginia:

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.*: $6,000. Serving Prince William County. This grant will enable approximately 600 under-served elementary school students from Manassas City public schools to participate in the Virginia Outreach Education program.

Liberty’s Promise: $10,000. Serving All of Northern Virginia. The grant will make it possible for up to 150 low-income, immigrant youth to learn about American civic life in Northern Virginia, as well as acquire job skills and college-access training, through their after-school programs of civic engagement.

National Inventors Hall of Fame*: $10,000. Serving Prince William County. This grant will engage 45 or more Prince William County underserved youth, grades K-6, in Camp Invention – a high-quality STEM enrichment program that builds critical thinking, self-confidence, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and other 21st century skills.

The House*:$10,000. Serving Prince William County. This request will support The House Student Leadership Center’s afterschool EmpowerMEnt® initiative through program support for 300 marginalized youth through leadership development, training, mentoring, and co-curricular elective opportunities.

BEACON for Adult Literacy*: $10,000. Serving Manassas/Manassas Park. Funding will provide general support for comprehensive programming to low-income adult immigrants striving for English language proficiency, employment, self-sufficiency, and family stability.

OAR of Fairfax: $10,000. Serving All of Northern Virginia. Funding will support OAR’s Work Empowerment Program for criminal justice involved adults in Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun County.

Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region: $13,000. Serving All of Northern Virginia. Funding will support the Easterseals Veteran Staffing Network: Securing Fulfilling Careers for Veterans and Military Spouses.

Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Inc.: $13,000. Serving All of Northern Virginia. This grant will provide funding for Melwood’s Vets Ready2Work Program. The program provides workforce development and vocational support services for veterans in Northern Virginia in need of employment.

Habitat for Humanity: $10,000. Prince William County*. Serving Manassas/Manassas Park. Funding will support the Neighborhood Revitalization program in the East End Mobile Home Park in the City of Manassas.

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, Inc.: $10,000. Serving All of Northern Virginia. The grant will provide housing assistance to individuals who are returning home to Arlington County and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church after incarceration.

Project Mend-a-House*: $10,000. Serving Prince William County. Funding will support continued home repair services to the vulnerable population living in Prince William County and Greater Manassas areas. Repair services will include accessibility, modification, plumbing, electrical & other home repair need.

Tahirih Justice Center: $10,000. Serving All of Northern Virginia. Funding will support programs that protect immigrant women and girls in Northern Virginia who are fleeing gender-based violence.

*Funding made possible by Haymarket Fund.

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