In a recent development, Fairfax City Economic Development announced the Neighborhood Connected Grant Program (NCGP) recipients. This pioneering initiative has granted $12,000 to three non-profit community partners. These organizations were chosen for their contributions to economic development, job creation, and enhancing Fairfax City’s reputation as a business hub.
Britepaths, a local non-profit, has been recognized for its new culinary program to boost job training and skills development. In collaboration with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and OAR Nova, this initiative aims to equip participants of a low-level diversion program with professional kitchen skills, partnering with a Fairfax City restaurant for practical training.
The Heart Leaf Center, a mental health service provider specializing in play therapy, plans to utilize the grant to expand its operations within Fairfax City. Partnering with universities and community colleges, the center focuses on training graduate students to become licensed mental health professionals, particularly those skilled in evidence-based care for underserved populations.
Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates, known for employing adults with intellectual disabilities, will launch a promotional pop-up hot cocoa bomb cart in partnership with city businesses. The project aims to increase awareness of local businesses and provide additional working hours for its employees.
Fairfax City Mayor Catherine Read and Christopher Bruno, Director/CEO of Fairfax City Economic Development, emphasized the importance of investing in local non-profits for workforce development and economic growth. Representatives from the awarded organizations expressed their enthusiasm and commitment to using these funds to benefit the community and contribute to the city’s economic development.
For more details, visit fairfaxcityconnected.com.