JustVA Fund Application Process

We use a three-step application process in the hopes of creating an efficient, streamlined, and less burdensome experience for both applicants and reviewers.

STEP 1: Take the Eligibility Quiz (Appendix A), which will determine if your organization should apply for this grant. The quiz should only take a few minutes. If you answer “No” to any of the questions, you are not eligible to submit an application.

STEP 2: If you answer “Yes” to all the questions in the Eligibility Quiz, proceed to completing the online Letter of Intent (LOI) by August 6, 2021 at 6:00pm. A preview of the LOI questions can be found in Appendix B.

  • Create an account or log in: Go to http://bit.ly/WFGrantPortal and set up an account with information about your organization and a username and password. If you already have an account, use your existing username and password to login.
  • Upload a document of the required questions: Required questions are laid out in Appendix B. Organizations submitting on their own should cap LOIs between 3-5 pages, while organizations applying in partnership with others should cap their LOIs between 5-8 pages.
  • Submit your LOI: Follow the prompts to formally submit your LOI. You will receive an email confirming your submission.

STEP 3: All decisions around the next step for applicants will be communicated via email by September 17, 2021. If you are invited for a Video Site Visit, you will be asked to select a 90-minute time slot in September or October for a virtual meeting with representatives from our grant review team.

Review Criteria

A panel of individuals with proximity to issues related to the JustVA Fund, alongside with Foundation staff, will review and assess LOIs and participate in video site visits. Strong proposals will come from organizations that demonstrate:

  • Deep knowledge of key criminal justice issues impacting Black, Indigenous, and people of color in Virginia;
  • Comprehensive strategy to address a multitude of compounding issues in the criminal legal system;
  • Improved outcomes, conditions, and/or systems for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in Virginia;
  • Implementable long-term visioning, resulting in advancement of changes to the current criminal legal system in Virginia;
  • Equitable engagement of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities in directing campaigns, policy agendas, narrative change strategies, and/or other efforts around criminal justice;
  • Active and intentional power building of system involved Black, Indigenous, and people of color;
  • Centering of racial justice in criminal justice approaches and strategies; and
  • Meaningful impact in advancing criminal justice with a racial justice lens at the state-level.

Questions & Contact

Please check out our frequently asked questions about the JustVA Fund. If you have any additional questions, please contact our program manager Leni Dworkis at [email protected] or 703-276-7500 x29.