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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Programs and
Services that Enrich and Transform the Lives of Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/22/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs and services that enrich and transform the lives of residents. Funding is available to nonprofits providing services in the areas of arts and culture, human services, education, environment, and community affairs. Applicants must provide services to Howard County residents.

Operational Support: Unrestricted income to help an organization carry out its goals without imposing the requirement to develop activities directly attributable to the grant. Typically provides support for the day-to-day costs of running a non-profit organization (i.e.: rent, utilities, supplies, salaries).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147706

Estimated Size of Grant:

Based on the availability of funds, in 2021 the Foundation will award grants in two categories:
- Operational grants of up to $10,000 for non-profit organizations providing services in Howard County with an organizational budget ABOVE $100,000
- Operational grants of up to $5,000 for non-profit organizations providing services in Howard County with an organizational budget BELOW $100,000

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will consider applications for the operation of projects that span multiple years. However, this program does not provide multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation considers grant applications from organizations:
- Determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other entities that meet IRS charitable guidelines

The Foundation does not award grants for:
- Capital campaigns
- Debt retirement
- Endowments
- Expenses already incurred
- For-profit entities
- Individuals
- Medical research
- Political organizations or campaigns
- Private foundations
- Programming that promotes religious instructions or doctrine
- Seed money or start-up funding
- Supporting organizations

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in a Community Grants Program Information Session, where staff will highlight changes to the program. To get the most out of the session, staff encourages you to review the materials in advance, so the majority of the time can be spent on answering your specific questions. This meeting will be recorded and can be accessed after the meeting.
- Date: March 4, 2021
- Time: 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.
- Location: Zoom meeting
- RSVP to staff via email

Applicants are invited to access a meeting time with Foundation staff if needed for further discussion.

For your convenience, please check on available times and schedule a meeting through this link:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Begin Accepting Applications: February 19, 2021
- Information Session: March 4, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- Phone Calls with Staff: Available various times February 22- March 18, 2021
- Applications Due: March 22, 2021 by 11:59 pm
- Applications Reviewed: March through April
- Grantee Notification: Late April/early May 2021
- Grant Payment Distributed: 30 days after receipt of the signed Terms & Conditions
- Grant Reports Due: January 31, 2022

Community Grant applications are accepted via the online application portal. Applications received via mail or email will not be accepted.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees makes the final decisions on grant awards. Written notification of grant decisions are sent to applicants late April/early May 2021. Grant funds will be dispersed in one payment, within 30 days of the receipt of the signed Terms and Conditions.


Contact Information:

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

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The Foundation staff is available to assist you throughout this process and welcomes your questions and comments. Please contact staff by phone, 410-730-7840, ext. 4 or via email, RSVP for the Information Session at this email.

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