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Community Operating Grant (COG)

Grants to Central Maryland Nonprofits, Schools, and IHEs for Health
and Human Service Programs Assisting Low Income Residents

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United Way of Central Maryland

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Deadline Date:

01/16/19 5:00 PM (EST)


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Central Maryland nonprofit organizations, churches, PreK-12 schools, nonprofit hospitals, and universities in eligible areas for health and human service related programs assisting low income families and individuals. Funding is intended to support programmatic and operating expenses in the areas of housing, health, education, and workforce development and income. Eligible areas include Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Anne Arundel, and Howard Counties.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Community Operating Grants will support organizations and programs that are changing outcomes for low-income individuals and/or families, including those at or below poverty and/or those who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) through effective strategies that support quality education, affordable housing, stable employment that brings in sufficient income, and/or good health, the building blocks of a successful life. (For information on the ALICE Report, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154215

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Foundation anticipates awarding between 45 – 55 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award amount per grant is $30,000. The Foundation anticipates awarding grants with an average grant award of approximately $18,000.

In total, there is approximately $930,000 available for FY2020 Community Operating Grants, which will be distributed roughly as follows:

- Baltimore City: $298,000
- Anne Arundel County: $142,000
- Carroll County: $52,000
- Harford County: $90,000
- Baltimore County: $260,000
- Howard County: $88,000

Term of Contract:

Community Partners identified through this application process will receive one-year funding for the period of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

United Way of Central Maryland will accept applications from 501(c)(3) health and human service nonprofit agencies, and other organizations that align with the IRS tax law (an agency that may not be a 501(c)(3) but may have other nonprofit IRS designations). For example, churches, public and charter schools (pre-K through 12) and not-for-profit hospitals may apply. University and college programs or public and private schools are also eligible to apply.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Community Partnership Boards will award Community Operating Grants for each of the six jurisdictions in central Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County.

To be eligible, all applicants must:

1. Provide a copy (within the last two fiscal years) of one of the following financial documents:

- Financial audit of their organization (preferred for all organizations, and required for organizations with annual revenues of $500,000 or more); or
- Financial statement reviewed by an independent auditor (only acceptable for organizations with annual revenues of less than $500,000).

2. Provide evidence that they hold a “Good Standing Certificate of Status” with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.

Organizations that do not have nonprofit status or cannot meet the financial document requirements above, may partner with a fiscal agent who meets these requirements and who serves as the lead applicant.

United Way will not provide funding to organizations that discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, age, ancestry, marital status or disability.

In addition, applications requesting support for the following will not be considered:

- Capital improvement costs
- Religious activities (religious organizations may apply for funding for non-sectarian activities)
- Lobbying activities
- Funding provided directly to individuals
- Sponsorship events or materials (like golf-tournament fundraisers)

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY20 Community Operating Grants Information Session:

Agencies wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to attend United Way’s FY2020 COG Information Session. Attendees will have a chance to walk through the application with United Way staff and learn about the available funding. Following this session, United Way will post the PowerPoint presentation, as well as questions raised and answers provided at the event. Applicants will not have the opportunity to attend this Information Session remotely and a recording of the session will not be available.

The Information Session is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019, 9:30 am – 11:30 am EST. Because of limited space, please bring no more than two representatives from your organization.

In case of bad weather: Those who have registered will receive an email notification if the event has been postponed due to inclement weather.


Montgomery Park Business Center
1st Floor Auditorium
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit all applications is January 16th, 2019 at 5:00 pm (EST).

Grant Proposals must be submitted through the online grant application portal.

FY2020 Community Operating Grant Timeline:

- December 11, 2018 Online Application available through Grant Portal
- January 3, 2019 Grant Information Session
- January 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST) Deadline to Submit Programmatic Questions
- January 8, 2019 Final Question & Answer Document Posted
- January 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST) Application Submission Deadline
- By June 2019 Grant Award Notification
- July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 Funding Period

Agencies wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to attend the United Way’s Community Operating Grant Information Session. See Pre-Proposal Conference for details.

Questions about the application may be submitted up until January 4, 2019, at 5:00 pm EST. Please submit questions with the subject line "RFP Content Question" via e-mail. Answers to all questions will be posted on the grant portal by January 8, 2019.

Submit technical questions and technical assistance requests specific to the Application Portal with the subject line "RFP Technical Assistance" via e-mail.

Organizations may submit a maximum of one application per jurisdiction. Multiple applications submitted by an agency in the same jurisdiction will not be reviewed. Please note: Organizations serving as fiscal agents may submit more than one application per jurisdiction, provided that each is for a different organization partner.

Organizations may submit applications to more than one jurisdiction. If an organization is applying in multiple jurisdictions, a separate application is required for each request.

Organizations that currently receive Community Response Grants or other funding from United Way are eligible to apply for a Community Operating Grant.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

To submit questions, contact:

United Way’s Grants Team
(Subject Line: "RFP Content Question" or "RFP Technical Assistance" in accordance with the nature of the question(s) or request(s))

Lillie Hughes, Grants Coordinator

United Way of Central Maryland at Montgomery Park
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 340,
Baltimore, MD 21230

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