Our Grant Funding

Thanks to Frederick County’s generous donors, The Community Foundation of Frederick County supports a wide variety of community interests through a robust community grants program.  Together, we are building a stronger, healthier, more vibrant community not only for today but for the future as well.

Through various grant programs, we fund nonprofits that are addressing the areas of greatest need across Frederick County.

 

 

How to Apply for Grants

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.
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Ask Questions – Call the Community Foundation at 301.695.7660 to have a discussion with our grants team

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Submit proposal online

Types of Grants

Select a grant type below to learn more.

Strategic Grants

Addressing the greatest need in Frederick County

Through strategic grants, the Community Foundation funds nonprofits that meet the areas of greatest need in Frederick County. These needs are identified in The Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.

Currently, we are funding high impact projects that address:

  • Supporting families with children
  • Preparing for a growing aging population
  • Responding to Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

In 2022 an updated human needs assessment, conducted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, revealed additional areas of need, including:

  • Supporting access to affordable housing
  • Addressing mental health needs
  • Alleviating disparities in service delivery

The focus of strategic grant funding may change as new data becomes available.

Eligible Organizations

The Community Foundation administers grants to organizations providing direct benefits to Frederick County, Maryland. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a grant.

The applicant must be:

  • An already existing nonprofit, 501c3 organization in good standing with the IRS,
  • A government/quasi-governmental 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 501c3 organization requesting funding for a community cause.

501c3 organizations must be in good standing at the time of application with:

Find more information on Maryland’s nonprofit requirements.

Grant Amounts

Minimum request: $1,000 ; maximum request: n/a

Multiple applications are permitted.

Application Period

July 15, 2023 to August 15, 2023

Grant Period

Grants must be used during the period of November 1, 2023, through March 31, 2025.

Reporting Requirements

Interim Report deadline is July 30, 2024. Interim reports ask for information regarding the funded project’s progress and use of grant funds. Site visits may be conducted in lieu of written reports.

Final Report Deadline is April 30, 2025. Final reports ask for information regarding the funded project’s impact and use of grant funds.

Impact Grants

The Community Foundation’s Impact Grant program provides grants for any purpose, including a wide range of field of interest and special purpose funds, and support for individuals served by nonprofits or government agencies. Nonprofit organizations providing programs that impact health and human services, historic preservation, the arts, agriculture, civic causes, animal welfare, education, youth programs, and more should apply.

The list of available funds and their purposes will be provided via our website and in the application. Grants must provide direct benefits to Frederick County, Maryland, residents unless otherwise noted in the fund description.

Eligible Organizations

The Community Foundation administers grants to organizations providing direct benefits to Frederick County, Maryland. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a grant.

The applicant must be:

  • An already existing nonprofit, 501c3 organization in good standing with the IRS,
  • A government/quasi-governmental 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 501c3 organization requesting funding for a community cause.

501c3 organizations must be in good standing at the time of application with:

Find more information on Maryland’s nonprofit requirements.

Grant Amounts

Minimum request: $500 ; maximum request: varies by fund.

Multiple applications are permitted. Please submit one application per fund to which your organization is applying.

Application Period

August 15, 2023 to September 15, 2023

Grant Period

Grants must be used during the period of January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024

Reporting Requirements

Interim Report deadline is July 30, 2024. Interim reports ask for information regarding the funded project’s progress and use of grant funds.

Final Report Deadline is January 31, 2025. Final reports ask for information regarding the funded project’s impact and use of grant funds.

 

Rolling Grants

The Community Foundation’s Rolling Grant program provides grants for any purpose, including a wide range of field of interest and special purpose funds, and support for individuals served by nonprofits or government agencies.

The list of available funds and their purposes will be provided via our website and in the application. Grants must provide direct benefits to Frederick County, Maryland, residents unless otherwise noted in the fund description.

Eligible Organizations

The Community Foundation administers grants to organizations providing direct benefits to Frederick County, Maryland. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a grant.

The applicant must be:

  • An already existing nonprofit, 501c3 organization in good standing with the IRS,
  • A government/quasi-governmental 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 501c3 organization requesting funding for a community cause.

501c3 organizations must be in good standing at the time of application with:

Find more information on Maryland’s nonprofit requirements.

Grant Amounts

Minimum request: $500 ; maximum request: varies by fund.

Multiple applications are permitted. Please submit one application per fund to which your organization is applying.

Application Period

November 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023

Grant Period

Grants must be used during the period of January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023

Reporting Requirements

Final Report Deadline is January 31, 2024. Final reports ask for information regarding the funded project’s impact and use of grant funds.

Schedule/Timeline of Grant Opportunities

Applications Accepted Applications Reviewed Applicants Notified
Strategic Grants July 15 to August 15 August to September Late September
Impact Grants August 15 to September 15 September to October Late October
Rolling Grants November 1 to May 1 On a rolling basis Within one month of submission
Sgt. David J. Smith Veterans Relief Fund All year On a rolling basis Within one month of submission
Women's Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund February 15 to March 15 March to April Late May

Grant FAQs

To get started, select a question from the list below.


What do we fund?

Our grant funding is divided into five different opportunities, each with unique applications, funding priorities, and deadlines.

Strategic Grants

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.

Impact Grants

We 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, and more.

Rolling Grants

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, or other purposes as funds become available.

Sgt. David J. Smith Veterans Relief Fund Grants

This relief application is to provide support for the veterans and their families who are faced with unforeseen financial distress. Grants will be provided to nonprofit organizations applying on behalf of the household. Beneficiaries of this support must be residents of Frederick County, Maryland, with an honorable military discharge. A veteran may receive support under this grant once every twelve months.

Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund Grants

The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County grants support programs that empower women ages 18 and over in challenging situations to improve the quality of their lives. Organizations that offer programs and/or services that promote self-sufficiency for women in Frederick County, Maryland, are eligible to apply.

How does the grant process work?

 

Applicants submit grant applications through Foundant, our online system, within the specified application period listed below. The Community Foundation Grants Committee, comprised of trustees and other community volunteers with specific expertise, review the applications and make funding recommendations that are approved by our Board of Trustees.

What grants are currently available?

Click HERE to preview currently available grant opportunities.

Our organization is not located in Frederick County, but we serve Frederick County residents. Can we apply?

Yes. Your organization is welcome to apply; however, any grants provided by the Community Foundation must be used specifically to support the costs associated with serving Frederick County.