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The online applications can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/WertheimerAwards beginning on May 1, 2018. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2018. No paper applications will be accepted.
The Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Awards is now in its 16th year and honors the legacy of the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick businesswoman and prolific volunteer. The awards program is made possible through The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund. Those nominated must be age 18 or older. Nominations are not accepted for couples, groups, clubs, or organizations.
The Wertheimer Youth in Action Award is now in its seventh year. Youth under the age of 18 who are positively impacting the community by volunteering their talents and energies in extraordinary ways are eligible to be nominated.
The honorees will be recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community in November 2018. Wertheimer Fellows are awarded $25,000 to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation for the nonprofit or charitable endeavor of their choice. The Wertheimer Youth in Action honoree will receive a $2,000 grant to support a Frederick County nonprofit organization of their choice.
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 – May 24, 2018: The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s Board of Trustees approved a $25,000 grant at its May 2018 board meeting from unrestricted funds to jumpstart the YMCA of Frederick County’s rebuilding and renovation from recent flood damage.
The YMCA suffered extensive damage from flood waters on May 15, 2018 to its facility. “On behalf of the YMCA volunteers and staff, we would like to express our gratitude to the community’s response during this time of need. Our goal is to continue to assess the damages as quickly as possible and implement a plan to get the facility and services back up and operating,” said Chris Colville, CEO and president, YMCA. “The Community Foundation’s board voted unanimously to provide the grant,” said president and CEO Elizabeth Y. Day. “The YMCA is an integral part of Frederick County, and suffering this damage again so soon after the 2015 flood is devastating. The board acted quickly in an effort to assist in the repair, show community support, and help them reopen as soon as possible.”
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.
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 – June 21, 2018: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County announces that 35 grants totaling $190,000 have been presented to 22 area nonprofits serving women and children. The grants were presented during the 12th annual tea held in June. The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund is one of more than 690 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The new grants bring the Women’s Giving Circle grant total to $1,446,500 since the first grants were provided in 2006 in support of its mission to provide programs and services promoting self-sufficiency for women and those who depend on them. The 325 member organization welcomes new people at any time. Kimberly S. Chaney, who recently became the Women’s Giving Circle chairperson, encourages those interested in membership to visit www.FrederickWGC.org for more information.
The following nonprofits received grants:
Advocates for Homeless Families received a $4,000 grant to provide assistance accessing permanent housing or avoid energy shutoff, a $4,000 grant to provide or maintain reliable transportation and childcare, and a $500 grant for its urban gardens program.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick received a $2,900 grant to provide safe and age appropriate car seats to Frederick County women, and a $3,000 grant for diapers and wipes for mothers with financial need.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership received a $2,000 grant to provide higher education assistance to women who have incarceration in their lives, and a $1,000 grant to provide women inmates leaving the Detention Center with resources that will lead them toward success.
The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick received a $2,500 grant to support pro-health activities for women in public housing who receive SNAP benefits.
The Frederick Center received a $2,500 grant to support a licensed social worker and group for women parenting transgender youth.
Frederick Community College Foundation received a $6,500 grant for its Allied Health Academy to assist unemployed or under-employed women seeking to acquire training in an allied health field, and a $5,000 grant for Project Forward Step to reduce financial barriers for low-income single mothers and displaced women enrolled in classes.
Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. received a $10,000 grant to support the Faith House Program to provide support to homeless mothers and children, and a $2,000 grant to support its food distribution center for women in need.
Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County received a $4,300 grant to help provide a home ownership opportunity.
Heartly House received a $10,000 grant to provide medical accompaniment and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick received a $5,400 grant to provide women with refurbished computers and internet access, and a $8,000 grant to provide childcare and transportation to women improving their lives through education and employment.
Interfaith Housing Alliance received a $7,000 grant in support of its Self Sufficiency Counseling initiative that teaches women effective financial management.
Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. received a $3,000 grant to support programs for improving literacy and financial stability for women and their families.
Marriage Resource Center of Frederick County received a $4,000 grant to support its evidence-based relational skill building program for nonprofits that help vulnerable women create a safer environment.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County received a $3,000 grant in support of its Parent Coach program to support caregivers and families re-establishing relationships, and a $10,000 grant in support of its Healthy Families Frederick program to improve parenting skills.
Mission of Mercy, Inc. received a $2,300 grant to provide medical services to uninsured and underinsured women with hypertension and heart disease, a $2,300 grant to provide uninsured and underinsured medications for women with diabetes, a $2,300 grant to provide general medications for uninsured and underinsured women, and a $6,000 grant for dental care for uninsured and underinsured women.
Partners In Care received a $10,000 grant to better serve older women by focusing on personal needs such as member advocacy, health, wellness, and safety concerns.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland received a $8,000 grant to provide reproductive health care screenings, tests and treatments to women living at or below poverty level.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs received a $10,000 grant for eviction and utility interruption prevention for women and their families, and a $7,000 grant to help provide emergency shelter and case management support for homeless women with children.
Second Chances Garage received a $5,000 grant in support of the low-cost vehicle repair program for women, and a $10,000 grant to provide refurbished vehicles for women.
Seton Center, Inc. received a $10,000 grant in support of the DePaul Dental Women’s program to provide dental screenings and services to low income women.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland received a $10,000 grant to educate and support mothers of children who attend Frederick County Public Schools who are victims of abuse and/or are low-income to help build self-sufficiency and invoke their legal rights.
Wells House at Gale Recovery received an $6,500 grant in support of drug and alcohol recovery and employment services for women.
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