The Community Foundation awards grants each year that create positive and lasting impact throughout Frederick County. Grants are awarded from our strategic, restricted, 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.

2015 Unity Campaign for Frederick County

Nonprofits providing direct services in Frederick County, Maryland in the areas of basic human needs and health, and at-risk children and youth are invited to complete an application to participate in the 2015 Unity Campaign for Frederick County.

Last year, two community fundraising campaigns partnered together to benefit nonprofits in Frederick County. Frederick 48 and Season of Hope joined forces to raise monies that helped local organizations dedicated to providing basic human needs. The result of these collaborative efforts contributed to the successful 2014 Unity Campaign for Frederick County and increased awareness within the community about those needing assistance with basic human needs.

Proceeds from the 2015 Unity Campaign for Frederick will go to organizations that provide basic human needs (food, shelter, clothing, employment, health, financial sustainability) and services for at-risk children and youth.

The Community Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for this important campaign and, as such, is responsible for the campaign application, collecting all contributions from the campaign, and allocating the contributions to the selected applicants.

The online application period is May 1, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2015. All applying nonprofits will be notified of their application status by June 10, 2015.

Nonprofits that have an online organizational grant account with the Community Foundation may log on and into their account to complete the application.

If you do not know if your organization has an online grant account with the Community Foundation please contact us at 301-695-7660.

click here to apply

 FY2016 Grant Cycles and Information Sessions

Two separate grant application periods will be held for FY2016 grants. All applications are made through the Community Foundation's online application process. A link to access the application will be posted here prior to each application's opening date.

  • Strategic grant applications supporting affordable health care, housing and homelessness, and school readiness for children will be accepted between July 15, 2015 through August 15, 2015.
  • Impact grant applications supporting historic preservation, the arts, agriculture, civic causes, animal welfare, youth programs, elder care, and more will be accepted between August 15, 2015 through September 15, 2015.

All applications must be submitted by midnight on each closing date.

All applicants are strongly urged to read the FY2016 Grant FAQs.

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.

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.

Grant Application Information Sessions:

Two separate, but identical, information sessions will be held at C. Burr Artz Library located at 10 East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland. Those intending to apply to either grant cycle listed above are required to attend one of the two sessions. Please note that C. Burr Artz Library does not promote or endorse the views of the program sponsors or presenters.

  • May 14, 2015, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • June 23, 2015, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Reservations are requested as each information session is limited to 70 people. To reserve a seat, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Community Foundation office at 301.695.7660.


Rolling Grants 

All applications must be submitted online (see link below each fund). No paper applications are accepted. Grants will be available until distributed in full, or through June 30, 2015.

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.

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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.

FY15 Designated Grant Payment Request Form - click here.
FY15 Unrestricted Grant Payment Request Form - click here.

 Impact Grant Form - click HERE.



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