MCF Grants Criteria

(As amended November, 2018)


Foundation Purpose

To operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes for the benefit of the residents of the McLean Planning District of Fairfax County in the Commonwealth of Virginia (hereinafter referred to as McLean).


Grants Criteria Summary

  • Projects funded by the Foundation must provide a benefit to residents of McLean.  Applicants must furnish evidence of that benefit and, where appropriate, evidence of community support for the proposed project. Applicants must also provide evidence of their not-for-profit status.

  • While there is a preference for grants to fund the acquisition of tangible assets, grants for the initiation or expansion of program-related activities may also be considered. Grant funds cannot normally be used for operating expenses.


  • The Foundation encourages applicants to combine Foundation grants with funds from other community organizations as partners on the proposed project or to use Foundation funds as “challenge grants” to generate additional needed funds. 

  • Although preference is given to grant applications from organizations maintaining a physical presence within McLean, other Northern Virginia organizations shall be eligible for grants if the funds requested will provide significant benefits to residents of McLean.

  • While each grant application will be reviewed based on merit, the Foundation seeks to broadly distribute its support for organizations serving the McLean community. Therefore, consideration will include a review of any Foundation funding awarded to applicant within the prior two years.

  • Grants shall be limited to those that are in conformance with the Foundation's status under the Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. 


Grant Application Process

MCF reviews grants 2 times a year.

Submissions are due:      April 1

          October 1

Applications will be reviewed at the next regular meeting of the Trustees after the deadline.

Download an application and mail it to:

McLean Community Foundation

P.O. Box 75

McLean, VA  22101


Send a PDF via email:

Longfellow Middle School Recycling Project