GCH Collective Grants

Giving Circle of HOPE

Grant amount: Up to US $7,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax city, Falls Church city Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax city, Falls Church city Expand all

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We welcome grant applications from organizations that create positive change in Northern Virginia by improving the lives of people in need.

Collective Grants

Collective Grants are awarded to organizations with programs that benefit disadvantaged, low-income, or underserved people in Northern Virginia.

Since 2004 the Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH) has awarded 141 Project and Capacity Building Effort (CBE) grants to 59 local nonprofits selected, reviewed and voted on by its membership

Focus Areas

The GCH will award grants of up to $7,000 to local non-profits in two mission areas:

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;
  • Mental Health; and
  • Dental, Medical and Pharmaceutical Services.

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 CBE Grant or a Project Grant:

CBE Grant

  • An activity that 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, communication plan, IT strategy or plan; investments in technology;
    • leadership succession planning; and
    • a social media or marketing strategy.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must:
    • meet the Giving Circle’s mission 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.
    • provide services in all of Northern Virginia or in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, or in the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Manassas/Manassas Park.
    • 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 within 45 days of the conclusion of their grant period. Guidelines for this report will be included with your grant award.
  • In addition, applicants must:
    • Only grant requests for Project or CBE efforts will be considered.
    • Funding may be used to support, expand or enhance existing programs or to start new programs.
    • Grant requests may be up to $7,000. The Project or CBE budget may not exceed $70,000 and must be documented.


  • 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 & 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


  • Applicants who received a 2017 and a 2016 Collective Grant from the GCH are ineligible to apply in 2018.
  • 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 a final grant evaluation and it is not submitted with their 2018 application package.
    • Applications that are late or incomplete.