Types of Grants

The Arlington Community Foundation awards several types of grants.  Some grants are awarded on the recommendation of our donors, and others on a competitive basis.  Currently, our competitive grant programs consist of the following grant types

  • NextGenNow Grants provide grants in a specific area of focus, chosen annually by members of NextGenNow, our Young Professionals program.  These grants are made possible by the pooled philanthropy of NextGenNow, and all members are invited to take part in the review of grant application.  We are currently accepting applications for NextGenNow Grants in the area of Health through January 8, 2015.  For the full grant announcement, or to download the application, please click here.
  • The newly-launched Community Impact Grant Program seeks to build partnerships for a better Arlington.  This grant program will award 1 or 2 grants totaling up to $100,000 in early 2016 to enable nonprofit organizations to do something significantly better through collaboration.  This year's funding priorities include several focus areas concerning Early Childhood or Older Youth.  We expect to announce the recipients of the inaugural award(s) in April 2016.
  • The Arlington Education Fund Grant Program provides up to $1,500 to educators in Arlington to support innovative or unique projects that supplement and enrich the learning environment for preschool to adult students in Arlington. The application period for the fall 2015 Arlington Education Fund Grants is now closed.  All applicants will be notified of funding status by December 1.
  • Our Homelessness Prevention Fund's Looking toward Tomorrow Grant Program provide up to $10,000 for 501(c)(3) organizations that provide temporary emergency assistance to individuals and families in Arlington.  These grants are intended to allow these organizations to reform existing systems in order to increase capacity, test innovative programs, and/or imploement or improve collaborative efforts.  The application period for the 2015 Homeless Prevention - Looking towards tomorrow Grants is now closed. All applicants will be notified of funding status by December 1.
  • Prompt Response Grants provide rapid support of up to $1,000 to non-profits ($3,000 if the orgnization addresses homelessness) that are experiencing an urgent, unexpected need or unexpected, immediate opportunity.  Applications are accepted at any time.