The Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee grant is awarded to a non-profit organization(s) 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.
Each year, the Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee chooses a charitable organization(s) to donate a portion of the event proceeds raised during the festival.
2021 Grant Application TBA
2020 Grant Recipients
Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization that trains and supports thoroughly screened adult volunteers who advocate for abused children in the foster care and child welfare system. Our CASA volunteers advocate for the rights and needs of Fairfax's most vulnerable children with a goal of placement in a safe, loving and permanent home. Since 19789, we have served over 7,000 Fairfax children. The CASA program is incredibly effective: when a child is appointed to a CASA volunteer by the Court, they are more likely to find permanency, more likely to succeed in school and half as likely to re-enter the system. All children should feel safe, know love and have an adult dedicated to their well-being. With the support of this Chocolate Lovers Festival Grant, Fairfax CASA can continue to provide advocacy services and a voice to every single Fairfax child that is referred by the Court system.
Gracing Spaces is an all-volunteer organization helping families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness. Our partnership includes social workers from many agencies in Fairfax County. Their referrals are our eyes and ears on the community in need and key to continuity of their work with the families after the apartments have been furnished by us! We know that Gracing Spaces is a start for a new beginning in Fairfax City and County. Every Wednesday 30 to 35 volunteers work from 8 am until 2 pm fulfilling requests from social workers for furniture and homegoods. Once a month we invite 60 to 65 volunteers to load furniture to furnish and decorate 3 or 4 family's new apartments. Last year we touched 596 families and so far this year we have helped over 695 families! With the support of this Chocolate Lovers Festival Grant we can continue into our 16th year of service to our community, make a difference in more families lives and fight to end the nightmare of homelessness.
Food for Others is a non-profit in Fairfax whose mission is to distribute food to our neighbors in need by mobilizing the giving community and local volunteers. Through its Power Pack program, Food for Others provides weekend backpack food for nearly 2,000 students each week at 30 FCPS schools. The Power Packs are assembled at the Food for Others warehouse by volunteers on a continuous basis throughout the school year. Once the packs are assembled, volunteer drivers pick up and deliver the packs directly to schools. The schools then distribute the packs to the students on Friday afternoon. With the support of this Chocolate Lovers Festival Grant we can strive to make sure that every child in the community doesn't have to worry where their next meal is coming from and ready to learn on Monday mornings.