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.

FY2015 Grant Funding Application Periods

1. The application to the Community Foundation's strategic grants supporting affordable healthcare, housing/homelessness, and school readiness for children, will be open from July 15, 2014 through August 15, 2014. Reminder: The strategic grant application period closes this Friday, August 15, at 11:59 p.m.

2. The second grant application period for designated and unrestricted grants supporting the areas of historic preservation, the arts, agriculture, civic causes, animal welfare, education, youth programs, elder care and more, will be open from August 15, 2014 through September 15, 2014.

In addition to separate grant application periods for FY2015, financial reporting requirements have been revised. Applying organizations with annual charitable contributions less the $200,000 will complete a financial form provided by the Community Foundation. Organizations with annual charitable contributions over $200,000 but less than $500,000 must have a financial review performed by an independent certified public accountant. Organizations with annual charitable contributions exceeding $500,000 must have an audit performed by an independent certified public accountant.

To be eligible to apply, organizations must certify it is one of the following: 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, or a civic group that is not a 501(c)(3) requesting funding for a community cause. All organizations applying must have attended one of the Community Foundation's required informational sessions held in April, May, or June 2014.

 Click here for FY2015 Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for a sample budget.

Click here for our new prescribed financial form for organizations with charitable contributions under $200,000.

Click here for List of Community Foundation Funds available for FY15



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.

Click HERE to apply.

The Holly Hale Palmer Memorial Fund
Grants from this fund will support nonprofits that help individuals with seizure disorders or those diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Grants will not be paid directly to families or individuals, but directly to the 501(c)(3) applying organzation or approved medical providers. 

Click HERE to apply.

All FY14 Grantees: Click HERE to access your online account and request reimbursement.

FY14 Payment Request Forms:

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

Click HERE to access the Grant Impact Form for restricted and donor-advised grants. Please download and return to the address listed on form.



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