The Giving Circle, formed by four Reston women in 2003, has expanded greatly since then. The group gave away more than $73,000 to local groups doing good works in 2014. Since its inception the Giving Circle of HOPE has given out over $740,000 to organizations in Northern Virginia.
In order to be eligible for a grant, groups must be nonprofit; have an organizational budget of not more than $2 million; meet the Giving Circle’s mission to create positive change in Northern Virginia by directly benefiting people in need (such as low income, disadvantaged or under-served0; and serve populations in Northern Virginia.
Read more about grant eligibility and preferences on the Giving Circle’s website.
This year, the Giving Circle is introducing a pilot program for capacity building grants as well. To be eligible for a capacity building grant, groups must have a project in mind with specific with clear goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes; be located in Northern Virginia; and have a full project or CBE budget of no more than $70,000.