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The Grants Research and Training Center (GRTC), a division of the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) is a community resource for nonprofit organizations and individuals seeking to identify funding opportunities from private philanthropy and to learn how to improve the sustainability for their organizations or efforts.GRTC is located in the Fairfax County Government Center in Suite 432.

The GRTC is managed as a partnership between OP3 and the Fairfax County Public Libraries (FCPL). It is a collaborative effort to bring the resources of the Foundation Center to Fairfax County. OP3 partnership developers frequently work with GRTC users to link them to County-wide partnerships and other nonprofits that leverage resources in a tight economy.

The GRTC offers access to the Foundation Directory Online, a database of 120,000 private foundations, corporate donors, and grant-making public charities. We also offer Grants to Individuals Online for those seeking scholarship funds or funding to support their artistic endeavors. To use the GRTC, you may walk in and use our self-serve kiosk or set up an appointment for personalized assistance. We also offer trainings on how to use the databases and on other fund development topics. Our hours are of operation and training calendar are posted on the OP3 website at GRTC. Hours are M-TH 10:00a-4:30p.


Forceful Facts

Companies that Care

Ways to Give

  • The GRTC is one of the 470 sites that are part of the Foundation's Center national Funding Information Network (FIN).
  • Businesses and foundations seeking to better understand how to direct their philanthropy can use resources such as the mapping tool, Philanthropy Insight and Grantcraft.
  • The GRTC has assisted over 600 nonprofit representatives and individuals find grant opportunities through its databases or trained them in proposal writing, grant seeking, budgeting, fundraising and corporate giving. Most of these organizations work to benefit Fairfax County.
  • Get connected at Grantspace, the Foundation's Center online learning community. On Grantspace, you get indepth content. You can watch videos, listen to podcasts of discussions with funders or connect with an online librarian.
  • New to collaboration? The Foundation Center offers an online database to see how other organizations are successfully collaborating around the country .
You can learn about more than 4000 Companies that Care at the GRTC.

Information on companies that engage with their community through corporate and employee giving are part of the database Foundation Directory Online. Find out more about our high performing corporate citizens, both locally and around the country. You can also learn about which issues and geographic area the companies consider for grants who grants have been made to in the past.

Spend an hour -- learn a lot.


The GRTC does not solicit donations. But we do practice what we preach about partnership and pro-bono giving. We have collaborated with Good360, Volunteer Fairfax, TapRoot, A Billion + Change, the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, George Mason University (GMU), Congressman Jim Moran and Congressman Frank R. Wolf to bring you information on private and government funding opportunities. To maximize access to our services, we rely on volunteers. We selectively recruit undergrad and grad students and interested professionals with the right mix of experience and availability to help carry out our work. Please contact us if you are:

  • A college or graduate student with analytic and computer skills and an interest in our research areas or;
  • an experienced proposal writer or fund developer looking to share your expertise pro-bono

Working with us is a great place to build your career or a way to give back in retirement. Please contact Theresa Benincasa about opportunities to volunteer.







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