Community Foundation Presents more than $460,000 in Strategic Grants

FREDERICK, MD – October 8, 2020: During its recent FY2021 strategic grantmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided more than $460,000 to 26 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County. These grants focus on the Community Foundation’s strategic grant areas of supporting families with children, preparing for a growing aging population, and responding to substance use disorder. The FY2021 strategic grant cycle is the first year that the Community Foundation is providing grants exclusively in support of these initiatives, which were determined based on the 2018 Human Needs Assessment.

Strategic grant funding supporting families with children was provided to:

Advocates for Homeless Families: $15,000 for case manager salaries to support families experiencing homelessness achieve stability. 

Blessings in a Backpack: $5,000 for weekend backpacks of food for low-income Frederick County Public Schools students.

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick: $5,000 for essential items for families in the Frederick community, such as diapers, wipes, child car seats, and pack-n-play cribs.

Centro Hispano de Frederick: $25,000 for intake coordinator position salary to support increased client caseload.  

Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP): $15,000 for bolstering COIPP’s operational capacity.  

Family Partnership: $42,370 for opportunities for growth in families with young children, targeting households at or below the Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE) threshold.

Frederick Community Action Agency: $9,958.96 for the School-Based Health Center to provide primary health care and related supportive services to elementary school students, and $5,000 for the Health Center to provide primary health care and related services to adults and children who are uninsured, experiencing homelessness, Medicaid recipients, and/or have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Housing Authority of the City of Frederick: $25,000 for developmental and educational opportunities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in public housing that improve birth outcomes, reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and create an upward trajectory for school success.

I Believe in Me: $9,229.67 for educational support and encouragement for at-risk youth through I Believe in Me’s after school mentoring program.  

Literacy Council of Frederick County: $4,556.87 for a part-time program assistant to support the adult literacy tutoring, community class, parent literacy, and workplace literacy programs.

Mental Health Association of Frederick County: $12,126.79 for home-based support for children and their families as a means to strengthen the parent-child bond, promote healthy child development and school readiness, and enhance family functioning.  

Seton Center: $10,000 for materials and training to conduct Getting Ahead programs in Frederick County to support ALICE families.

Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland: $8,000 for education and support for Frederick County Public Schools parents and their children who are victims of abuse and/or who are low-income to become self-sufficient and invoke their legal rights. 

The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs: $25,000 for security deposit support to rehouse families with children experiencing homelessness.  

Strategic grant funding supporting preparing for a growing aging population was provided to:

Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County: $26,750.00 for implementation of a service coordination model for low-income seniors in single-unit housing.

Asian American Center of Frederick: $14,000 for increasing access to information and resources about aging services for South Asian seniors, rising seniors, and their caregivers.

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County Maryland: $1,500 for home repairs and aging in place modifications for seniors.

Mission of Mercy: $15,000 for medical and dental care for seniors.

Rebuilding Together Frederick County: $20,666.79 for health and safety-related home repairs and improvements to help low-income senior homeowners age in place.

Supporting Older Adults through Resources (SOAR): $20,000 for resources and financial support to allow seniors to age in place safely with the support they need. 

The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs: $50,000 for emergency dental care for seniors who are low-income and experiencing homelessness. 

Thurmont Senior Center: $1,030 for a website to expand visibility of the center and its services that it offers. 

YMCA of Frederick County: $10,000 for expanding health programs for active seniors with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Strategic grant funding supporting responding to substance use disorder was provided to:

Frederick Community College Foundation: $8,138 for FCC’s participation in the JED Campus Program to promote student emotional health and prevent substance misuse and suicide.

Frederick Rescue Mission: $20,000 for the Changed Life Recovery program case manager position to support participants in a substance use disorder recovery program.

Justice Jobs of Maryland: $20,000 for the employment program to support individuals recovering from substance use disorder. 

Mission of Mercy: $8,000 for medical and dental care for patients suffering from the effects of substance use disorder. 

The Phoenix Foundation of Maryland: $35,000 for the recovery high school where adolescents and their families to continue recovery from substance use disorder while receiving a quality high school education.