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Strategic Grants

Grants to Frederick County, Maryland Nonprofits, Faith-Based
Organizations, and Agencies for Program Support and Capacity Building

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The Community Foundation of Frederick County

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Grants starting at $500 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and government entities to improve the quality of life for residents of Frederick County. For this cycle, both program grants and planning grants for capacity building will be available.

This grant cycle will allow organizations to apply for program grants to support services related to the Community Foundation’s 2011 Strategic Initiatives and/or to apply for planning grants to support capacity building related to the Community Foundation’s 2019 Strategic Initiatives.

To apply for funding under the 2011 Strategic Initiatives, applicant organizations must identify program outcomes that have an impact on the following community-wide indicators:

- Health Care - Reducing the number of emergency room visits at Frederick Memorial Hospital
- School Readiness - Increasing school readiness among low-income children—as measured by the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
- Basic Human Needs - Preventing homelessness and reducing the number of homeless by focusing on the newly homeless and precariously housed—as measured by the Point in Time Homeless Count

FY20 is the final year that the Community Foundation will provide grants in support of these initiatives. Projects should focus on providing direct services to address these needs.

To apply for funding under the 2019 Strategic Initiatives, applicant organizations must identify capacity-building outcomes for programs, organizations, or systems that address:

- Supporting families with children— by making Frederick county a great place for all families to raise children or by supporting ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families.
- Preparing for a growing aging population— by helping individuals over 60 years to age in place in an appropriate environment or by providing education on aging issues for current seniors, rising seniors, and/or caregivers.
- Responding to substance use disorder— by supporting timely access to local qualified providers, by providing education and prevention programs, and/or to collect appropriate data to be used in decision making.

Grant requests under the 2019 Strategic Initiatives should focus exclusively on building capacity in the system or network of care, including for individual service provider organizations. Capacity building can include projects such as, but not limited to:

- Technology upgrades or equipment purchases
- Staff training and development
- Data collection and/or analysis
- Capital needs of program or organization

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130105

Estimated Size of Grant:

At least $145,000 will be available to support program grants for 2011 Strategic Initiatives.

- Minimum request: $500
- Maximum request for 2011 program services grant: n/a

At least $195,000 will be available to support capacity-building grants for 2019 Strategic

- Minimum request: $500
- Maximum request for 2019 capacity-building grant: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation administers grants to organizations providing direct benefits to Frederick County, Maryland.

All applying organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a grant. The organization 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.

In addition, 501c3 organizations must be in good standing with:
- Maryland Secretary of State's charitable division:

- Department of Assessment & Taxation's Maryland Personal Property tax division:

- IRS, as assessed via GuideStar’s Charity Check:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Training sessions will be held June 25, 27, and July 2, 2019 at the Community Foundation office. Email Diana Fulchiron to request a seat.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted from July 15, 2019 through August 15, 2019.

Grants are reimbursement-based. Reimbursement requests can be submitted as needed through the end of the Grant Period.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions about the FY20 Grants Program may be directed to:

Diana Fulchiron, Director of Community Impact

The Community Foundation of Frederick County
312 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Frederick County