Shepherd’s Gate Grants

2024 Application is now Open!

Shepherd’s Gate Grants are small annual grants that support local non-profit organizations that reflect our mission to serve those in need, do justice, uphold human dignity and promote peace. Net proceeds from the International Festival finance the SGG scholarship program. The 2024 application is open! Please apply by Friday, April 19, 2024. If you have questions, contact

Shepherd’s Gate Grant 2024 Application

2023 Grant Recipients

Carpenter’s Shelter

For thirty-five years, Carpenter’s Shelter has been dedicated to fighting homelessness in Alexandria through shelter and housing placement, guidance, education, and advocacy. Their Emergency Shelter provides temporary housing for families with children and wrap-around services to our community’s unhoused neighbors.            

Centreville Immigration Forum

The mission of Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) is to implement sustainable programs that provide immigrants by promoting financial independence, racial equity, immigrant rights, wage justice, and economic mobility, – all while identifying and responding to immediate needs.           

Culmore Clinic

Culmore Clinic is an interfaith healthcare clinic serving low-income, uninsured adults in the Bailey’s Crossroads/Culmore communities of Northern Virginia since 2007. The Clinic provides quality primary care, at little to no cost, to medically vulnerable and underserved adults who make less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and who would otherwise face barriers to accessing healthcare.

Guadalupe Free Clinic of Colonial Beach, Inc.

The Guadalupe Free Clinic, an apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, is a donor-supported, volunteer-staffed free health clinic that seeks to serve the indigent, working poor and medically uninsured residents of the Town of Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County, Virginia. Guided by Catholic principles for health care, the Clinic seeks to assist in the total healing of all patients. 

Mother of Light Center

Mother of Light Center (MOLC) is dedicated to love and serve men and women who are poor, needy, and homeless. MOLC provides material support, spiritual help, encouragement, and information. MOLC helps identify talents/potentials of those they help, redirect their lives, find jobs and permanent housing, and most importantly, discover how much God loves them.

Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church

Rising Hope was established with the mission of bringing the “power of Christ” and the “support of the church” to the community living in poverty south of Alexandria, VA along the Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County by addressing homelessness, food insecurity, transportation concerns, and other emergency situations.

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