Overview: Grants and Initiatives

Arlington Community Foundation is a knowledge hub for Arlington’s nonprofits.

It provides support as community connector, convener, and catalyst to strengthen nonprofits. By sharing the collective wisdom and resources of nonprofits, local government, universities, businesses, and the faith community, we can better address critical community needs.

Arlington Shared Prosperity Roundtable convened by Arlington Community Foundation, April 2019

To achieve our mission, the Foundation:

community collaboration
Fosters collaboration among nonprofits, local government, funders, businesses, and community members to address important issues
Arlington community research
Conducts research that informs decision-making within individual organizations and in the larger Arlington community
donor-advised fund
Administers donor-advised funds to facilitate the giving of individuals, families, and businesses in a tax-efficient and meaningful way
Promotes Arlington nonprofits, including providing grant support to organizations working on our most pressing community issues

The Community Foundation leads several community initiatives, including:

shared prosperity

Shared Prosperity

The Shared Prosperity Initiative engages leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to identify opportunities to mitigate displacement of low-income residents and allow these residents to continue to contribute to Arlington’s economic viability and diverse community fabric.

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Bridges Out of Poverty

This public-private partnership represents a re-design of the safety net system to reduce bureaucratic hurdles and strengthen connections so people in poverty can gain traction and move forward.

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Safety Net Arlington

Arlington Community Foundation convenes a longstanding network of safety net nonprofits who provide direct services to vulnerable Arlington residents and who also receive County funding.

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Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative

The Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (AYPI) is a group of students from area high schools who are committed to making a difference in Arlington through youth grants for nonprofits.

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Looking for a grant for your nonprofit?

The Community Foundation supports nonprofits with grants through a number of different programs administered at different times of year. Some are regularly available and others are special opportunity grant rounds to address particular needs. To see more about grant opportunities, including those that are available now, click here.

Looking for a scholarship?

The Community Foundation provides approximately $500,000 in scholarship support for local students annually. To learn more about our scholarship program, including application information, click here.

For additional information about Arlington Community Foundation’s work with nonprofits, contact:

Anne Vor der Bruegge
Director, Grants and Initiatives
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