Neighborhood and Community Services

Fairfax County, Virginia


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12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Lloyd Tucker,

Nonprofit Sustainability Grant Program

Grant Applications Are Now Closed

The 2022 ARPA Nonprofit Sustainability Grant assists nonprofits experiencing negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fairfax County has developed a grant opportunity for local nonprofits who provide critical safety net services using the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds). The federal government's interim final rule for this program allowed, and the final rule maintains the ability for, recipients to demonstrate a negative economic impact on a population or group, referred to as a "class," and to provide assistance to households. 87 Fed. Reg. 4338, 4343 (Jan. 27, 2022).

Social safety net nonprofits serving Fairfax County residents are considered an impacted class as specified in this legislation. In a survey conducted by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services in the spring of 2022, 100 percent of Fairfax County nonprofits who provide critical social safety net services to vulnerable people experienced negative impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of decreased donations, fees, and other revenue; inability to hold fundraising events; unexpected expenses due to COVID mitigation; additional infrastructure costs; and/or staffing shortages.

Nonprofit providers remain a critical component of our community’s ability to support residents in need. This grant is intended to help nonprofit safety net providers remain sustainable by mitigating some of these financial burdens imposed by the pandemic. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Timeline

  1. July 27, 2022: Application process opens
  2. August 26, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.: Application process closes
  3. Late September 2022: Notification of awards and requests for budgets
  4. Late November 2022: Award disbursement

Application Process

  1. Interested nonprofits submit electronic application.
  2. Applications are screened for eligibility and funding levels.
  3. Approved applicants are notified of award level and asked to submit a budget for how they will spend the money. 
  4. Applicants will either (to be determined):
    1. Submit receipts for eligible expenses and receive grant funding, or
    2. Receive grant funding and then submit receipts by pre-determined time.

Funding Categories

Nonprofit Size Grant Level
A. Organizations with less than 1 full-time equivalent employee A. $10,000
B. Organizations with 1-10 full time equivalent employees B. $25,000
C. Organizations with 11-25 full time equivalent employees C. $50,000
D. Organizations with greater than 25 full time equivalent employees D. $75,000


Eligible Expenses

Grant funds can be used to:

  • Mitigate financial hardship (e.g., declines in revenues or impacts of periods of business closure).  This includes
    • Supporting payroll and benefits costs

    • Costs to retain employees

    • Mortgage

    • Rent

    • Utilities
    • Volunteer recruitment

    • Equipment (e.g., computers, hardware, software, cloud data storage)
    • Other business-critical operating costs as determined by the County


  • Implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics such as:
    • Physical changes to enable social distancing

    • Enhanced cleaning efforts

    • Barriers or partitions

Funding must be used to sustain or evolve the grant awardee’s business. No grant funds can be used to pay debts to close the business or start new business. No grant funds can be used for direct client assistance. All grant awardees will be expected to enter into a grant agreement with Fairfax County and/or the program administrator. A condition of the grant will be that the grantee agrees in good faith to maintain the business in Fairfax County through December 31, 2023, or potentially be subject to repayment of the grant. There is a limit of one grant award per individual nonprofit.

Eligible expenses cannot include the same expenses that have been covered under another federal, local or state COVID-19 program and/or contract (including PPP, EIDL, RISE grant, RebuildVA, Nonprofit Sustainability Grant or Active and Thriving Community Grants). For example, if a prior grant covered payroll for July 2021, this grant cannot also cover payroll for July 2021. It can, though, cover payroll for a different period of time. 

Reimbursable expenses must have occurred between March 15, 2020, and March 31, 2023.

No grant funds can be used for direct client assistance.

Contact Us

Please contact with any questions or to be placed on a distribution list to receive notifications about the grant.

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