Washington Forrest Foundation Grant

Washington Forrest Foundation

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Next deadline: Jul 23, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 20, 2020 (Full proposal), Nov 12, 2020 (Full proposal), Feb 13, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Child Welfare Services Civic Affairs Community Development & Revitalization Youth Services Economic Services & Development Literacy Educational Access & Equity Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness After School /Summer Educational Programs Senior Services Art Education STEM Education Addiction & Substance Abuse Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Health Care Access & Delivery Affordable Housing Supportive Housing & Shelters Basic Human Needs Food Access & Hunger Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Arlington County, Virginia Other eligible locations: Virginia

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Interested organizations, who have reviewed our Portfolio Values, Our Impact and our Eligibility and Grant Process, and believe that their organization or program meets our criteria, may contact the Executive Director. Please read all above eligibility requirements prior to communicating with the Executive Director. If eligible, the organization will be asked to submit a Part I(LOI) online, and the Board will review the LOI.

About Us

Improving and enhancing the quality of life for South Arlington Since 1968

The Washington Forrest Foundation is a private, family foundation and has been investing in south Arlington communities since 1968. While many of our partners have been supported by the Foundation for many years, we always welcome learning about new or innovative programs that are making a difference in our community.

The Foundation invests in programs and organizations that facilitate basic economic development through safety net services, education and community development, such as those working to:

  • improve access to food, health care, mental health, housing, and jobs creation;
  • strengthen academic and creative educational programs, within and outside of the school system, especially to support low-income, diverse, learning challenged or high risk populations of South Arlington. Our work will be measured by improvements to the overall economic health of the community of South Arlington.
  • look more deeply at community challenges through convening, leadership and other initiatives

We currently support over 50 nonprofit organizations addressing varying needs in South Arlington.

The Washington Forrest Foundation values:

  • The communities along Columbia Pike, Four Mile Run and other areas in South Arlington where our family has been involved since the late 1700s.
  • Our history related to our founding board member, Benjamin M. Smith, an early Arlington County Board member, Arlington School Supervisor and Arlington Hospital founder and board member and his values of faith, community, education, health and housing.
  • The critical role of nonprofit organizations working in education, safety net services such as food, housing, and jobs for the members of our community, as well as community development to strengthen South Arlington.

Portfolio Values

The Washington Forrest Foundation considers our grant recipients partners in a shared vision of improving the lives of Arlingtonians. We are proud to support the work of safety net, education and community development organizations. See list of education grantees in our impact report.

Safety Net Services

  • Access to food and food assistance, particularly food for children and families
  • Emergency support for utilities, rent and basic needs
  • Housing and support services for families, veterans, homeless, victims of domestic abuse and substance abuse
  • Access to basic health services for all members of the community including children, seniors, those with mental or long-term disabilities, and those with substance abuse issues
  • Aging in place and senior support services


  • Access to high quality education at all levels from preschool to workforce education, particularly afterschool and summer programs
  • Programs which address gaps in education such as for literacy, workforce, math and the arts
  • STEAM and other programs and educational environments, including outdoor classrooms, that support learning in alternate settings for challenged learners.

Community Development

  • Support for community and leadership efforts which strengthen South Arlington neighborhoods, children, and economic development
  • Efforts which champion the South Arlington community – through the positive recognition of schools, neighborhoods, leaders, and other entities in support of South Arlington

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


  • In order to receive a grant from the Washington Forrest Foundation, an organization must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and may not be a private foundation as defined under Section 509(a).
  • We only consider grant requests that directly serve residents of S. Arlington.


  • The Washington Forrest Foundation does not grant to the the following types of organizations and activities: travel expenses, organizations based outside the United States, programs outside of Virginia, national organizations, or international organizations, and most advocacy or “fund aggregator” organizations.