The Community Foundation awards grants each year that create positive and lasting impact throughout Frederick County. Grants are awarded from our strategic, designated, unrestricted, donor-advised, fiscal agency, field of interest, and agency funds and support civic and cultural organizations, the arts, educational programs, environmental causes, elder care services, faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, historic preservation initiatives, and youth programs and projects.

Click HERE to read more about strategic grants supporting the areas of affordable health care, housing and homelessness, and school-readiness for children

FY2016 Grant Cycles

Two separate grant application periods will be held for FY2016 grants. All applications are made through the Community Foundation's online application process. All organizations intending to apply were required to attend one of the information sessions held in May 2015 and June 2015. Attendance at one of the sessions is a qualifying prerequisite for applying to either of the upcoming grant cycles.

  • IMPACT GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED BETWEEN AUGUST 15, 2015 AND SEPTEMBER 15, 2015. The application closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2015. These grant support historic preservation, the arts, agriculture, civic causes, animal welfare, youth programs, elder care, and more.

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  • Strategic Grant Applications are being accepted through 11:50 p.m. on August 15, 2015.

Important information and reminders:

  • All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on each closing date.
  • All applicants are strongly urged to read the FY2016 Grant FAQs.
  • View FY2016 Funds and Available Funding.
  • Applying organizations with annual charitable contributions of less than $200,000 are required to complete the FY16 Grant Application Financial Form Form as part of the application process.
  • Applying organizations with charitable contributions over $200,000 but less than $500,000 must upload a financial review performed by an independent certified public accountant within the last year.
  • Applying organizations with charitable contributions over $500,000 must upload its most recent audit performed by an independent certified public accountant.
  • View an example of a project budget.
  • 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.


 Rolling Grants 

The following grant opportunities have no deadline; the grant application is accessible until funds are depleted. Potential applicants must contact Gayle Sutch, Director of Donor Services, at 301.695.7660 before beginning the online application to verify the proposal is eligible for funding.

The Health Fund for Frederick County Youth
Grants from this fund support nonprofits providing services to Frederick County youth under age 18 who have extraordinary and/or life-threatening medical needs. Grant requests may include, but are not limited to, medical procedures, special equipment needs, or medical expenses not reimbursed or covered through health insurance. A letter from the youth's current medical practitioner certifying that the medical need is indeed extraordinary and/or life threatening must be submitted, along with the current diagnosis, as part of the application. Grants will not be paid directly to families or individuals, but directly to vendors and/or medical providers.

The Secret Santa Fund
Grants from this fund support nonprofits providing services to Frederick County, Maryland residents with preference given to the elderly who are experiencing hardships where a small "hand-up" could positively change a dire situation. Grants are usually less than $1,500 and can only be paid directly to the qualified nonprofit applicant or approved vendors. No grants are paid directly to individuals or families.

To be eligible, the applicant must certify they are one of the following:

  • An existing 501(c)(3) organization
  • An existing government/quasi-government agency applying for an extraordinary project that is not funded by tax revenue
  • A faith-based organization requesting funding for non-sectarian activities


Click HERE to apply.


These forms are for current grantees who have already received grant funding from the Community Foundation.

ALL FY15 GRANTEES: Click HERE to access your online account and request reimbursement.

FY15 Payment Request Forms:

Strategic Health Needs - click here.
Strategic Basic Human Needs - click here.
Strategic Children and Youth Needs - click here.


If you are a grantee who has received a grant from a donor-advised or designated fund, (these are grants that were not applied for, but are recommended by a donor) please complete the Impact Report Form before June 30, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: this form is not for use by strategic, Unity, or Impact and Designated Grants from the grant application cycles.




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