Nonprofit Newsletter
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
Community Access & Emergency Support Grant Programs

The Alexandria Community Access and Emergency Support (CAES) Grant Program was launched with the February 15th information session, which is now available on the website. Applications are due March 8th.

The purpose of this program is to provide grant funding to nonprofits serving City of Alexandria individuals and families. The Alexandria CAES Grant Program will support navigation efforts to ensure individuals are enrolled in key local, state, and federal programs and emergency financial aid that will include grocery gift cards, transportation assistance, childcare, eviction prevention, and rental assistance.

This program is being supported by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds award number 21.027 awarded by the City of Alexandria, Virginia by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Alexandria Resilience Fund

ACT recognizes the emotional and physical toll the pandemic has had on the staff at nonprofit organizations on the front lines serving Alexandrians most impacted by COVID-19 and its effects. Concerns about staff burnout and health has been the topic of many conversations with nonprofit leaders. The next phase of the Alexandria Resilience Fund will aim to provide grant funding for mental health and well-being support for nonprofit staff. Grant applications will be available in mid-March. ACT is seeking input from organizations about the design of this program, please contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org if you would like to share your ideas and experience.
Earned Income Tax Credit

ACT, in partnership with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, will be offering a workshop on February 25 at 10AM to provide nonprofits with the training and understanding to navigate tax credit opportunities. The session will include tax resources, navigation tools, and troubleshooting common barriers, especially for clients that are not native English-speakers. The workshop will conclude with an interactive session that gives nonprofits a chance to ask questions and receive real-time answers from local tax expert, Nancy Ryan, and learn more about available grants.

Mini-grants will also be available in March to assist nonprofit efforts to help ensure that as many families as possible receive the full Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits they are eligible for, as quickly and as easily as possible.
Spring2ACTion - April 27, 2022
Registration, Trainings, and Impact Stories!
Registration is now open for Alexandria's biggest giving day! Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour community fundraiser, and last year's Spring2ACTion raised over $2.57 million for 156 participating nonprofits. The community-wide giving day has been made more inclusive and equitable so that organizations of all shapes and sizes can participate and have a successful fundraising day!

Right now, there are opportunities to join training sessions and share impact stories so that you can make the most out of your Spring2ACTion experience! Don't miss out on these opportunities to grow your team and highlight your organization's work.
Sleeves Up, ALX Spotlight
Sleeves Up, ALX: COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership Program

The Sleeves Up, ALX program consists of eight local partner programs who, throughout this Fall and Winter, have conducted outreach efforts to key populations that face language, literacy, and technology barriers. The video above is from one of our partners, Communities in Schools NOVA, who have facilitated outreach programs through use of site coordinators, who provide pop-up events for children receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as well as spreading information about available vaccination appointments through social media and peer-to-peer outreach. 

Our partners:

  • African Communities Together
  • Capital Youth Empowerment Program
  • Communities in School NOVA
  • Edu-Futuro
  • EnDependence Center of NOVA
  • Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Tenants and Workers United
  • Restoration Immigration Legal Aid
ACT Youth Council

The ACT Youth Council has been engaging its members in conversations about key issues in Alexandria that concern youth. As part of the monthly meetings, Council members discuss questions that require youth voices and receive presentations from guest speakers to help build networks.

Our members engage in two major projects which they will work on for the remainder of the semester: Spring2ACTion team activities and the Discovery Project.

The Spring2ACTion project involves working in teams to build specific skills in marketing, community-building, business enterprising, and ambassador outreach while also spreading the word about Alexandria's giving day to young Alexandrians.

The Discovery Project allows Council members to dive deeper into an issue of their choice that they feel challenges youth in their community. Throughout the semester, each team will research the topic to gather context and collect data from key community stakeholders, before presenting their findings to the Alexandria community.

By involving the Youth Council in these conversations, we are able to gather meaningful insight from some of the most underrepresented voices and uplift their concerns to help initiate change.
Youth Support Network

The Youth Support Network recently developed its vision, mission, and values statements. As the network transitions to an expanded governance structure, the Social-Emotional Learning and Middle School Programming Work Groups will be launching this spring. 

An information session for any K-12 out-of-school time providers and community-based youth programs interested in participating in the Social-Emotional Learning Work Group will be held on Tuesday, March 1, from 10-11 AM. To register for this session, please use the link below.
Upcoming Events
New Co-Working Space Coming to Alexandria!
ALX Community and Old Town Community Church are considering converting the church’s 15,000 square foot education building on South Washington St. into a dedicated center for nonprofits. The proposed center would offer small offices, co-working, meeting and event space, and tailored programming for nonprofits.

The organizers are hosting lunch at ALX Community’s Atrium location (277 S. Washington Street, Suite 210) on Wednesday, February 23 from noon-1:30pm to share plans and hear from nonprofits about their needs and ideas. Space is limited.

Email brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org if you’d like to attend or would like to stay informed about this project.
Continue Your Racial Equity Learning Journey
The 30 Day Racial Equity Challenge is an opportunity for Alexandrians to advance a deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. Starting on March 2 at 12PM, participants will complete 30 short assignments over 30 consecutive days, which include readings, videos, or podcasts. Weekly discussions will take place via Zoom call each Wednesday with the goal to increase knowledge and understanding and engage people as we continue our racial equity journey.

The Allyship workshops are open for registration! The trainings will take place on November 3 and 4 from 10AM-1PM and will equip you with tools to be an active ally for racial justice through methods of centering people of color, influencing others, and continuing your own self-work journey. Registration priority is for those who serve, live, or work in Alexandria.
Any questions? Contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org
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