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Frederick, MD – February 13, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County is pleased to announce its scholarship application is available for the 2019-2020 academic year beginning Friday, March 1, 2019. For the fourth consecutive year, just over $1 million is available to students pursuing post-secondary education or vocational training. By completing one general application, students may qualify for more than 250 scholarships. The completed application with required attachments must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Details about the scholarship program and the application are accessible through the Community Foundation website at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
Students about to complete their senior year of high school, students already enrolled in a trade school, college or university, and non-traditional students over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. Scholarship criteria are established by the scholarship funds’ founding donors. Some scholarships do not consider financial need. All students are encouraged to apply.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces its FY2019 dates for strategic and impact grant application periods.
Applications for strategic grants will be accepted July 15, 2018 through August 15, 2018. Nonprofits providing programs supporting access to health care, prevention of homelessness and access to affordable housing, and improving school readiness for children should apply.
Applications for impact grants will be accepted August 15, 2018 through September 15, 2018. Nonprofits providing programs that impact health and human services, historic preservation, the arts, agriculture, civic causes, animal welfare, education, youth programs, elder care and more should apply.
All grant applications are made through the Community Foundation’s online application process, and details can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/grants.
To be eligible to apply, organizations must certify it is one of the following: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a government agency applying for an extraordinary project that is not funded by tax revenue; a religious organization requesting funding for non-sectarian activities, or a civic group that is not a 501(c)(3) requesting funding for a community cause.
FREDERICK, MD – April 30, 2018: Beginning May 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for dance instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
Students ages 12 through 17 and are Frederick County, Maryland residents, who are currently pursuing dance instruction with a dance school or company located in Frederick County may apply. Scholarships can be used for instruction beginning in the fall of 2018.
The scholarship will be provided from The Thomas F. Waters Memorial Fund, one of more than 690 component funds managed by the Community Foundation. The fund was established in memory of Tom Waters, a well-known Frederick County dance instructor who passed away in 2010, by his wife Karen Waters, and longtime friend, Joy Ellis. Throughout his 50-year career, Tom mentored, inspired and trained countless dancers, some of whom achieved professional careers on Broadway and cruise ships. He believed that everyone could dance, regardless of talent or ability, and his legacy lives on through this scholarship.
FREDERICK, MD – January 3, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces grant opportunities from three funds. These grants are available until the funds are expended, or until the closing application date of May 1, 2019. The minimum grant is $500.00, and funds must be used by June 1, 2019.
The Compofelice Family Fund for Building Trades supports organizations seeking to help residents receive training for construction trades in the Frederick County area. Preference given to plumbing, carpentry, electrical services, masonry, and other skills associated with the building industry. Grants may pay for training, educational materials, certification fees, transportation costs, and eliminating any barrier that prevents students from completing their training program and establishing a career in the building trades.
The William O. Lee, Jr. and Family Endowment Fund provides grants to nonprofits that are researching, restoring, archiving, cataloging, and educating the community in areas pertaining to African American history in Frederick County.
The Don Doughty and Linda Moran Fund nonprofit grant supports the creation of new garden spaces, the improvement of existing garden areas, or the improvement/enhancement of existing public green space in Frederick County. Preference is given to projects in urban areas and/or applications supporting the purchase of plantings and botanical elements.
FREDERICK, MD – April 13, 2018: From May 1 through May 31, 2018, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for music instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
Students ages 5 through 18 who are currently pursuing instrumental or vocal music instruction may apply for a music scholarship supporting private or group instruction. Students must be enrolled in music instruction at the time of application, and must be a Frederick County, Maryland resident.
The scholarships are being provided through funds created by generous donors who support music study. Scholarships will be provided from The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund, The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship Fund, and The Guss Family Scholarship Fund for the Arts.
FREDERICK, MD – August 21, 2018: The Community Foundation of Frederick County, in conjunction with Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Frederick County Government, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund, Helen J. Serini Foundation, and United Way of Frederick County, is spearheading a new Frederick County human needs assessment. The public is invited to participate in one of two open forums: Wednesday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Anthony M. Natelli Community Room at the Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung Street, Frederick, Maryland, (parking available in front and in back of the library) and Thursday, September 13th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1st Floor Hearing Room at Winchester Hall,12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, (parking available in the garage directly across the street). Please arrive early for seating; the presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. No advance registration is required.
This project will update the Community Foundation’s 2011 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment. The study is assessing the needs of the community by combining research and data with input from service providers, stakeholders, community leaders, and the public to determine the areas of most pressing needs. The 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment is being conducted by Devereux Consulting in partnership with Social Science Consultants.
The forums are an opportunity for the public to provide input based on the preliminary findings of the assessment to help shape the final report. The human need areas being studied include but are not limited to: basic human needs and financial sustainability, including food and nutrition, clothing and shelter, and physical, economic, and health security; healthcare; and issues related to children and youth from birth to age 24. Time will be reserved for open discussion and interested persons are also invited to bring written statements to submit to the Community Foundation. The results of the assessment will influence the Community Foundation’s strategic grant funding and advocacy priorities over the next decade.
FREDERICK, MD – February 6, 2019: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County will begin accepting grant applications for its 2019 grant cycle beginning February 11, 2019 through March 10, 2019, and up to $210,000 will be provided from The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund. The fund is one of more than 700 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The Women’s Giving Circle grants are presented to area nonprofits that offer programs and/or services that promote self-sufficiency for women and their dependents who reside in Frederick County. The Women’s Giving Circle’s 2019 funding priorities will focus on emergency services or growth. Emergency services are defined as projects that provide food, shelter, medical care, and/or safety. Growth is defined as projects that provide education, transportation, childcare, personal improvement, recovery, and self-sufficiency.
The online application can be accessed at www.frederickwgc.org/grants. No paper applications will be accepted. The application closes on March 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time. Organizations may submit applications for up to four projects, with each proposal not to exceed $10,000. The maximum total that will be granted to any one organization is $20,000.
All organizations are encouraged to read the documents available on the Women’s Giving Circle’s grants program overview page before starting the application, which can be accessed at the same web address listed above. Applicants will receive email notification regarding the status of their application by June 1, 2019. Grant monies must be used by June 1, 2020.
The Women’s Giving Circle was formed in 2006, and brings women together who share similar philanthropic goals to benefit women’s needs. In 2018, grants totaling $190,000 were presented to 22 area nonprofits, and since 2006, grants presented total nearly $1.3 million.
Many Frederick County nonprofits and civic groups partner with the Community Foundation to create funds that benefit the community and carry out their missions.
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