About Our Grantmaking

Our grantmaking program supports a wide variety of community interests and causes with one end goal in mind: improving the quality of life in Frederick County.

Questions? We're happy to help.

Diana Fulchiron
Director of Community Impact
301.695.7660
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FY2022 Impact Grants (August 15, 2021 – September 15, 2021)

The Community Foundation of Frederick County's application for impact grants is now closed.

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 they are 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Fulchiron at [email protected]

FY2022 Strategic Grants (July 15, 2021 – August 15, 2021)

The Community Foundation of Frederick County's application for strategic grants is now closed. This grant cycle will allow organizations to apply for program grants to support services related to the Community Foundation’s 2019 Strategic Initiatives. Applications from organizations applying for funding must identify project or service outcomes for programs, organizations, or systems that address supporting families with children, preparing for a growing aging population, or responding to substance use disorder.

To be eligible to apply, an organization must certify it is one of the following and in good-standing: 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Fulchiron at [email protected].

 

Sgt. David J. Smith Veterans Relief Fund Grant Application

The Community Foundation of Frederick County will be accepting applications for grants from The Sgt. David J. Smith Veterans Relief Fund beginning Monday, July 12, 2021. This grant application will allow nonprofit organizations to apply on behalf of a household for support for veterans and their families who are faced with unforeseen financial distress.  Beneficiaries of this support must be residents of Frederick County, Maryland, with an honorable military discharge.

Questions about the Sgt. David J. Smith Veterans Relief Grant Application may be directed to: [email protected].

Applications for support will be accepted and reviewed as they are received for as long as funding is available. A veteran may receive support under this grant once every 12 months.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

FY2021 Rolling Grant Application

Please note, the Rolling Grant application period closed May 1, 2021. 

Questions about the FY2021 Rolling Grant program may be directed to Diana Fulchiron, Director of Community Impact, at [email protected]

How Does The Grant Application Process Work?

Frederick County based organizations submit their grant applications through our online system, within the specified application period. The Grants Committee, comprised of board members and other community volunteers with specific expertise, review the applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Our team will then help the receiving organization put its grant into motion.


The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick provided grants to many organizations throughout the FY2019 year from The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick Fund. Pictured here are representatives from SHIP, Frederick Community Action Agency, and Cub Pack 285 accepting their grants. 


What do we fund?

Our grant funding is divided into three broad areas with different applications and deadlines.

We fund nonprofits meeting the areas of greatest need in Frederick County through strategic grants. These needs have been identified in The 2011 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report and The 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.  The focus of strategic grant funding may change as new data becomes available.

In FY21, we are funding outcomes for programs, organizations, or systems that address:
  • supporting families with children
  • preparing for an aging population
  • responding to substance use disorder

We also support a wide array of programs that improve the community and provide opportunities for people of all ages through impact grants. Funding can support:

  • health and human services
  • historic preservation
  • the arts
  • agriculture
  • civic causes
  • animal welfare
  • education
  • youth programs
  • elder care
  • environment

We support nonprofits meeting the needs of individual Frederick County residents through rolling grants. Funds remain available until they are used, or until June 1 each year. Funding can support:

  • extraordinary medical needs,
  • a “hand-up” to someone experiencing hardship,
  • other purposes as funds become available.

Questions? Contact Community Impact.

How does the grant process work?

Organizations submit grant applications through our online system, within the specified application period. The Grants Committee, comprised of board members and other community volunteers with specific expertise, review applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Our team will then help the receiving organization put its grant into motion.

What types of organizations are eligible to apply?

  • a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • a government agency applying for an extraordinary project that is not funded by tax revenue
  • a religious organization requesting funding for non-sectarian activities
  • a civic group that is not a 501(c)(3) requesting funding for a community cause.

What financial information is required?

A project budget showing how the grant funds will be used as well as all sources of income is required. Applicants must also provide organizational level financial information. 

How is the online grant application system accessed?

Use the button at the bottom of the page to access applications, awards, payment and reporting information. Additional information about creating and using our online grant application system can be found in Applying for Grants Online – Technical FAQs.

The following documents contain information that will help you successfully complete your application. 

Questions? Contact Community Impact.

What grants are currently available?

  • Strategic Grants – generally mid-July through mid-August, annually. The specific application date will be posted in the spring of 2021.
  • Impact Grants - generally mid-August through mid-September, annually. The specific application date will be posted in the spring of 2021.
  • Other Grants - there are currently "rolling" grants available for a variety of purposes from November 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021.  View grant list here.

Other reference documents that may be helpful are available in the “How does the grant process work” section above.

Use the link in the blue box below to view all current grant opportunities.

Grantees - use the link in the green box below to access information about grants you have already received. 

Questions? Contact Community Impact.

My organization has received a grant. Where do I find my award, payment and reporting information?

Access your grant account using the link in the blue box at the bottom of the page. All information you need to know about your grant is posted there.

Helpful documents: 

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