Grants and Scholarships

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

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.


C & O Canal Endowment Fund cleaning up trail

An FY2017 Impact Grant from The C&O Canal Endowment Fund for Frederick County assisted with project expenses for Canal Pride Days. Volunteers spent a spring Saturday at and around the boat ramp in Brunswick, Maryland removing trash, eliminating invasive plant species, and assisting with improvements to the visitor use area.


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 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report. The focus of strategic grant funding may change as new data becomes available.

Currently, we are funding high impact projects that:

  • reduce emergency department visits
  • prevent homelessness and help the newly homeless
  • improve school readiness for young children

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. Details are available in the Strategic and Impact Grants Program Overview document.

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 – this application is usually open mid-July through mid-August.
  • Impact Grants - this application is usually open mid-August through mid-September. 
  • Other Grants - applications are open for a variety of grants as funds are available.

Before beginning the strategic grant application, please read the Strategic and Impact Grants Overview.

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.

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