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Knott Foundation Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits for Faith-Based
Activities, Education, Arts, Health, and Human Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

07/22/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants averaging $45,000 to Maryland organizations in eligible counties for programs and projects that serve the residents living within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Letters of inquiry are required prior to submitting a full proposal.

Funding will be provided for proposals that focus on the following five areas:

- Arts and Humanities: The Foundation supports performing, visual, and instructional arts programs in the community.

- Catholic Activities: The Foundation supports organizations and programs that espouse the values and doctrines of the Catholic Church. The Foundation supports churches, faith communities, religious orders, retreat houses, and spiritual centers.

- Education: The Foundation is committed to education by prioritizing Catholic education. The Foundation also supports special needs schools, private colleges and universities, out-of-school-time programs, and other education-related activities that provide opportunity for students and produce lasting outcomes within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

- Health Care: The Foundation supports compassionate care needs of families and their caregivers. The Foundation concentrates on programs that provide curative, preventative, rehabilitative, and palliative care, as well as patient support services.

- Human Services: Grants in this area touch numerous areas - from helping to meet people’s basic needs, to housing and homelessness, to workforce development, to family and children’s services.

Within the above Program Areas, the Foundation supports requests for capital expenses, development, new and/or ongoing programs, operating expenses, and technology.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155896

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally under $100,000 but the Foundation remains open to opportunities for greater impact with larger sums. The median grant is $45,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically limited to one year. Multi-year grants are seldom awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requests are accepted from organizations and programs serving the Archdiocese of Baltimore, including Baltimore City and the following Maryland Counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, and Washington.

Not funded:

-Unrestricted grants
-Requests that would sub-grant awards
-Endowment funds
-Medical research
-One-time-only events, seminars, or workshops
-Organizations in operation for less than one year
-Political activities
-Pro-choice causes and reproductive health services in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
-Public school education and public sector agencies
-Reimbursable(s) or any prior expenses

Pre-Application Information:

- LOI: October 1, 2018
- Full Proposal: November 19, 2018
- Grant Award: February 12, 2019

- LOI: February 4, 2019
- Full Proposal: March 25, 2019
- Grant Award: June 11, 2019

- LOI: June 3, 2019
- Full Proposal: July 22, 2019
- Grant Award: October 15, 2019

Please note: All application deadlines are based on a 5:00 PM “received by” status on the published date.

- Letters of Inquiry: Are accepted three times a year (February, June and October) from organizations who meet the Foundation's eligibility guidelines.
- Full Grant Proposals: Are accepted on an invitation only basis.
- Site Visits: Are required for all organizations asked to submit a full grant proposal.
- Notification: Final grant decisions are made approximately 10 weeks after our published full grant proposal deadline. All applicants are notified by phone as to the final decision.
- Reapplying: Organizations denied funding after submitting a full grant proposal are eligible to reapply after one (1) year. Funded organizations may reapply after two (2) years. Organizations denied funding after submitting a letter of inquiry may reapply for funding during the subsequent grant cycle.

The registration process can take up to two business days. Therefore, the Foundation recommends that all new users register for an account at least one week prior to a letter of inquiry deadline.

All Archdiocesan schools submitting a letter of inquiry should share their letter with the Division of Schools at least two weeks in advance of submission. Additionally, all Archdiocesan schools seeking technology-related support should contact Mr. Joe Oleszczuk, Director of IT/Education, at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the Foundation's published deadline for submission.

Full LOI instructions may be found here:

Full proposal instructions may be found here:

Full Eligibility Guidelines:

Program Area Information:

- Arts and Humanities:
- Catholic Activities:
- Education:
- Health Care:
- Human Services:

Contact Information:

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

To submit the LOI:

Kathleen McCarthy, Grants and Information Technology Manager
P: 410-235-7068
F: 410-889-2577

The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation
3904 Hickory Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211

Mr. Joe Oleszczuk, Director of IT/Education

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore City and the Counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, and Washington