Community Grant

Now in its 13th year, the Westminster Presbyterian Church Community Grant Program supports local nonprofit agencies as they provide critical services in our communities.

Since it began, the Westminster Community Grant has awarded nearly 70 grants totaling $275,000 to support programs relating to children, hunger/health, education, shelter and self-sufficiency (CHESS). Grant amounts differ based on needs and available funds, and the maximum award in 2024 will be $5,000.

Grants are intended for use by an organization on a single, non-recurring initiative. Because the grants are awarded on a one-time basis, we prioritize projects that can be fully funded with our grant award, unless additional funding for the project is already committed. Typically, we do not fund staff or consultant compensation. Previous award winners are always eligible to apply.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 12, 2024. For more information, please contact

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2023 Grant Recipients


Alexandria Seaport Foundation

To provide tools and supplies for at-risk young apprentices to complete projects as part of adult mentoring/project-based learning to assist in long-term employment skills as young adults.
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Christ Church

Christ Church

To fund 15 beds/bedding for Afghan refugee families resettled in Alexandria.
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Community Lodgings

Community Lodgings

To fund the Weekender Program, which provides nutritious food to children in the Chirilagua community on the weekends during the school year when they don’t have free school breakfast and lunch.
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Computer Core

Computer CORE

To refurbish 100 computers for adults 18+ who are mostly immigrants and people of color to support free classes to teach basic computer skills as part of job skills training.
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Kids Give Back

Kids Give Back

To provide books and totes for five Title I schools in Fairfax County for Storybook Character Day in October 2023.
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Senior Services

Senior Services of Alexandria

To improve their Meals on Wheels (MOW) staging/storage area at the loading dock of the commercial caterer who prepares the 150 daily MOW meals.
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  • Supplies and materials for Casa Chirilagua's summer camp and tutoring programs for elementary school children at risk for academic regression.
  • Child & Family Network Centers built cozy reading corners in all 8 of their preschool classrooms across Alexandria to help close the racial equity learning gap for disadvantaged children.
  • New and updated therapeutic resources enabling Neighborhood Health to provide mental health services for low-income and racially and ethnically diverse patients, including minors.
  • Grocery carts and totes for volunteers and seniors participating in Senior Services of Alexandria's Groceries to Go shopping assistance program.
  • Wilderness Kids Alexandria provided outdoor weekend outings for middle- and high-school students from under-resourced families. Read the report of our grant's impact here!


  • A Zoom license for the Arc of Northern Virginia in support of community activities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Baby items for new and expecting parents receiving prenatal services at the Center for Alexandria's Children
  • Child-safe mulch for three classroom playgrounds at the Child & Family Network Centers to comply with accreditation safety standards
  • Air purification in two childcare centers for Community Lodgings
  • Food collection bags and food storage tubs for Alexandria area schools for Food for Neighbors
  • Seven laptops for Friends of Guest House for use during a newly re-launched, in-person job skills development and employment readiness program for women reentering the community from incarceration
  • A new phone system for client communication and a postage meter for immigration filings to the government for Just Neighbors


  • In April 2020, Westminster made a $30,500 donation to ACT for Alexandria's Covid-19 Response Fund, which provides weekly grants to local nonprofits responding to the profound human need arising in our community. Our Local Mission committee discerned this to be the most faithful and helpful use of our 2020 Community Grant funds during the Covid-19 crisis.


  • Four violas, four violin cases, four viola blows and 11 violin bows for ASO Sympatico, a before- and after-school music education program at John Adams Elementary School
  • Air mattresses for 48 residential shelter graduates and their children at Carpenter's Shelter
  • Two diagnostic blood pressure cuffs, a smart scale, a freezer, an Android tablet with keypad and stylus, and funding for fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk at Christ Church's Lazarus Ministry
  • Two new computers (including setup fee and software) for Just Neighbors to expand capacity to serve more clients
  • Seven laptops to streamline the job skills workshop process for students participating in internship programs at Liberty's Promise and to make day-to-day planning of programs easier for program officers
  • SmarTrip cards, bus fare, cell phones, clothing and other assistance (including housing, food and IDs) for Offender Aid & Restoration
  • One week at Camp Henlopen State Park for 23 girls with Space of Her Own


  • Books for the 150 students enrolled in the tutoring program with Alexandria Tutoring Consortium
  • Weekend food bags for children at an Alexandria elementary school for the Assistance League of Northern Virginia
  • Kitchen equipment and supplies related to the temporary relocation of Carpenter's Shelter
  • Needed classroom supplies to support the Child & Family Network Centers in NAEYC accreditation
  • Two new computers for Just Neighbors to expand capacity to serve more clients
  • Therapeutic supplies for the pediatric behavioral health program at three of Neighborhood Health's centers
  • Supplies to expand the Caring Connection Program at Senior Services of Alexandria
  • A refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry expansion at United Community Ministries


  • Dental equipment and behavioral games at Neighborhood Health
  • bicycle scholarships for residents of Carpenter's Shelter through Velocity Bicycle Cooperative
  • Surface tablets to digitize the intake process at Just Neighbors
  • New appliances and tile flooring at Bethany House
  • Cribs and crib sheets as part of SIDS education by SCAN: Stop Child Abuse Now
  • New books for families through the Reading Connection
  • Two four-seat strollers at United Community Ministries


  • Books for kindergarteners and first graders at the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium
  • Construction of a garden bed and benches for the Charles Barrett Elementary PTA
  • For Community Lodgings to provide 10 summer field-trip scholarships for at-risk youth
  • Four Westminster Early Childhood Learning Institute scholarships at Hopkins House
  • English literacy instruction to parents and children in Alexandria City Public Schools by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
  • Pediatric health equipment and supplies for Neighborhood Health
  • Bicycle scholarships for four residents of Carpenter’s Shelter through Velocity Bicycle Co-operative
  • 45 pillow packs with supplies for low-income kids to take to summer camp with Volunteer Alexandria


  • Summer camp scholarships at the Alexandria Police Youth Camp
  • Long-term homeless housing at Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Food storage/distribution and registration for federal benefits at Christ Church Lazarus Ministry
  • Educational certification scholarships at Hopkins House
  • Transcutaneous bilirubin meter for infants at Neighborhood Health
  • Food delivery supplies at Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Teen’s shelter room decorations for a Space of Her Own mentor


  • Boat equipment for educational programs for local students at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation
  • Repair ALIVE! trucks used to deliver food and furniture to the needy
  • Bethany House
  • Summer camp supplies for children at the Center for Alexandria’s Children
  • Books, games and teacher training for a new program at SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) on resiliency skills to help children recover from trauma
  • An industrial scale to efficiently process donations at the United Community Ministries food bank


  • 3 commercial washers to reduce water and electricity costs at Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Support resources for after-school programs for Hispanic middle-schoolers at Casa Chirilagua
  • Upgrades to the client database at Lazarus Ministry to improve the emergency assistance offering
  • New computers at Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Educational materials and equipment for students to become certified in food preparation and therefore be better equipped to find jobs at Friends of Guest House’s “Together We Bake


  • Renovation of two exam rooms for newborn babies at Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services
  • Dust collection system to reduce sawdust particles at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation
  • Quickbooks training to help 80 Alexandrians learn workforce development skills at C.O.R.E. Weekend camping trip for Space Of Her Own mentors and mentees
  • Glass display refrigerator for the food pantry at United Community Ministries