Contributing to a thriving Arlington by supporting the causes which benefit our citizens and enhance the natural surroundings and lifestyle of our city.

Who We Are :: Foundation Facts

  • Created in 2007 by the Arlington City Council.
  • Since inception, almost $21 million has been contributed to more than 390 projects.
  • We are a public charity serving Arlington exclusively.
  • Our mission is to contribute to a thriving Arlington.
  • The issues we engage in are centered on people and neighborhoods, nature and animals and programs which enhance the lifestyle and culture of the city.
  • We are a segregated, permanent endowment with grants made from earnings on our investments.
  • The City of Arlington capped its $100 million in contributions to Foundation’s corpus in 2014.
  • Grants to local charities = $10.3 million
  • City of Arlington Department Grants (including Parks & Recreation) = $10.3 million
  • The Foundation targets more than 76% of annual funding to help underwrite large grants which promise to have a large impact on the city and its citizens. Generally, projects in this category have a grant floor of $75,000 and may include support for capital and new programming efforts.
  • Recognizing the importance of ongoing programs which enrich and serve the people of Arlington, the Foundation typically targets 13% of funding for smaller grants with a grant floor of $5,000; ten percent of earnings will focus on underwriting City of Arlington endeavors.
  • The Foundation generally requires a financial match and/or sweat equity component as consideration for any grant awarded.
  • The full process from submitting an initial Letter of Inquiry to final grant consideration, may take up to four to six months.
  • Our procedures begin with a Letter of Inquiry and, with board approval, a final application would complete the review process.
  • The Citizens Advisory Committee reviews all Letters of Inquiry and final applications and forwards recommendations to the Foundation board for final approval.