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Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH) Collective Grants Program

Grants to Northern Virginia Nonprofits to Improve
the Quality of Life of Disadvantaged Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia - Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH)

Deadline Date:

07/19/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Northern Virginia nonprofit organizations for capacity building and projects to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged, low-income, and underserved residents. Funding is intended for the following focus areas: health, aging, mental health, and poverty relief.

The GCH will award grants in two focus areas defined as follows:

1. Health, Mental Health, and Aging including: Crisis Services related to Abuse (e.g., Substance and Domestic Violence); Disabilities and Special Needs; Help the older population age in place and support older adults who are low income or vulnerable; Elderly Services, Mental Health; and Dental, Medical, and Pharmaceutical Services.

2. Poverty Relief including: English Language Proficiency and Literacy for Adults and Children; Ex-Offender Re-Entry; Eviction and Foreclosure Assistance; Housing and Shelter; and Job Training and Workforce Development.

Types of Grants
Applicants may submit a single application for either a Capacity Building Effort (CBE) Grant or a Project Grant:

1. CBE Grant. An activity that improves and enhances a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself into the future. Examples include, but are not limited to, developing a strategic plan, communications plan, IT strategy or plan; investments in technology; leadership succession planning; and a social media or marketing strategy. A request for a CBE must be for a deliverable in the GCH’s designated service area (i.e. Alexandria City, Arlington County, Falls Church City, Fairfax County; Loudoun County, Manassas Park/Manassas Park City, Prince William County, All Northern Virginia.)

2. Project Grant. A stand-alone activity that is not linked to a program or if linked to a program, demonstrates how the goals objectives and outcomes support those of the program.

Giving Circle of HOPE Gives Preference to:
Organizations that:
- Utilize volunteers and leverage resources
- Work with and through multiple sectors (nonprofit, government, corporations, and individuals) to create more impact than they could on their own
- Demonstrate willingness to raise funds independently and in a variety of ways
- Have engaged and diverse boards (including members from the community, government, corporations & clients)

Projects that:
- Do more than give resources to their clients; they provide them with new tools, techniques or skills
- Have long-term impact on the population served
- Are based on proven models of effectiveness and then innovate to create better applications of those models
- Are creative, innovative and collaborative

Capacity Building Efforts that:
- Improve and enhance their ability to achieve their mission and sustain themselves into the future
- Strengthen their performance and impact on the community
- Provide more or better services to their clients
- Increase their visibility and outreach possibilities in the community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174246

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be up to $7,000 and the Project or CBE budget may not exceed $70,000, all of which requires documentation.

Term of Contract:

Projects or CBEs should be implemented in the time period between January 1, 2020 and achieve completion no later than December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Meet the mission of the Giving Circle of HOPE to create positive change in Northern Virginia by directly benefiting people in need, where “need” refers to people who have low income, are disadvantaged or are under-served.
- Be a 501(c) (3) organizations providing charitable or educational services. Local, state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply.
- Have a Total Organization Financial Budget excluding in-kind services equal to or less than $1 million.
- Commit to submission of a Project Post Grant Evaluation or a CBE Post Grant Evaluation no later than January 30, 2020 if you are awarded a 2019 grant. Guidelines for this report will be included with your grant award.

Applicants who received a 2018 and a 2017 Collective Grant from the GCH are ineligible to apply in 2019.

The GCH does not fund:
- Grant requests that exceed $7,000
- Organizations, projects or programs that promote a particular religious or political ideology
- Capital improvements, endowments, or scholarship awards
- Dinner galas, advertising, and other special fundraising event
- General operating expenses of an organization
- Intermediary funding agencies
- Funding for direct payment for housing or food
- Organizations that have received a GCH grant for the previous two consecutive years
- Previous GCH Grantees who have an outstanding interim or final grant evaluation due which is not submitted with their 2019 application package
- Applications that are late or incomplete

Pre-Application Information:

- The Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH) grant applications opens on May 17, 2019 and will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 19, 2019. Applications will be accepted via online submission only.
- GCH’s leadership & finance specialists complete mission alignment/finance review and release applicant list: August 10.
- Grant Committee Team review, on-site visits and final applicant rankings: October 29.
- Member review and voting completed: by November 15
- Award announcements: November 20

A recording of the May 8, 2019 Webinar can be viewed on the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

If you have any questions, please contact GCH Grant Co-Chairs Karen Baer and Donna Whitaker at or 703-665-9334.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
2940 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 201
Oakton, VA 22124

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Northern Virginia or in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, or in the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Manassas/Manassas Park