The Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee grant is awarded to a non-profit organization in the City of Fairfax, or a non-profit organization in the metropolitan Washington area that provides services directly to people who live in the City of Fairfax. We seek organizations that contribute to the common good and the community at large.
Grant applications are due November 23, 2017. See link below for application.
2018 Grant Winner
Each year, the Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee chooses a charitable organization(s) to donate a portion of the event proceeds raised during the festival.
Fairfax Library Foundation – The mission of the Fairfax Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable and educational organization, is committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. While reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, the Foundation serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community. Through this grant they will purchase picture books for the Ready to Read program, which serves three preschools located in the City of Fairfax. The strategic goal of Ready to Read is to ensure every child is prepared to read by the time they enter elementary school, targeting the child who are unable to or do not visit library branches with their families and may not have books at home. Ready to Read began in 2008 and has been growing ever since. In high demand and a cost of $4 per book, this program grows and so does the cost of supplying books to disadvantaged youth in our community. By receiving this grant they will be able to purchase more of these books for our youth.
Stroke Comeback Center – This non-profit organization provides programs and classes for survivors with aphasia and other communication difficulties using a social approach. Work is done in small groups allowing for interactive practice to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing - a stroke is the leading cause of long-term adult disability. With technology being a big part of the program – a visitor to the Stroke Comeback Center might hear laughter and friendly arguments among the stroke and brain injury survivors as they watch a recent episode of the popular television show – Shark Tank. This isn’t a break from therapy – this is therapy. Watching this show they discuss the merits and finances of the contestants’ business plan which requires them to work hard to communicate with their classmates, accelerating their progress. It also involves mathematical calculations – an especially challenging part of recovery. As a recipient of this grant they will be able to purchase things such as IPads and TVs to increase the Center’s ability to support its members. The Executive Director of the Stroke Comeback Center was recognized in the January 2018 in the January 2018 Washingtonian magazine as one of the Washingtonians of the Year.