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FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants - Montgomery County

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Nonprofits
and Agencies for Small Neighborhood Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Carl M. Freeman Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/05/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of $2,500 and grants of $5,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofits and public agencies for small neighborhood projects. Funding areas include arts and culture, environment, education, animal welfare, health and human services, housing, and capacity building. Funding is intended for projects that make a significant difference for the applicant and the community.

The FACES program is designed to find and fund the smaller, overlooked projects in local neighborhoods and utilize a volunteer advisory board composed of community leaders who evaluate grant applications and recommend funding choices. The FACES advisory board provides a unique insight into community needs and priorities and enables the support of projects that are most important to the community.

The grant categories are broad and a request may fit into several categories:

- Arts and Culture: Programming such as film festivals, theatre productions, gallery showings, music festivals, as well as dance classes, art classes, etc.
- Education: Programming such as nutrition programs, after-school programming, camp expenses, recreation programs, “Girl Scouts”, PTA, etc.
- Environment: May include such things as testing water for safety, building nature trails, tracking wildlife, developing a nature center, etc.
- Health and Human Services: This category may encompass medical services, nutrition classes, food banks, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation, domestic violence prevention programs, transportation for services, therapy, work training, etc.
- Animal Welfare: Spaying cats and dogs; animal shelter and rescue; prevention of animal cruelty, etc.
- Housing: This may include homeless shelters, transitional housing, building homes, equipment for construction of housing, etc.
- Capacity Building: Assisting nonprofits in securing the professional, timely assistance they need to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.

Capital requests are considered, as well as staff salaries and overhead costs. Applicants should explain the “big picture” about how a grant will further the organization’s mission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169036

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The number of grants awarded will be determined, in part, by the number and quality of applications submitted, as well as the amount awarded per grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be made in the amounts of $2500 or $5000. Grants will only be awarded in these amounts, therefore, if you only need $2000 for your project, you should indicate what the remaining $500 would be used for, for example, general operating support.

The total amount of funding allocated for FACES is $50,000 annually.

Term of Contract:

There are no strict rules on when grant funds must be spent, but it is the Foundation's intention for a FACES grant to be applied to a program or project being undertaken in the short-term. Remember that a grant report will be due six months after the monies are received. An extension can be granted (a few months) for programs that have not been completed by the six-month deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Beneficiaries must be an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization or public agency specifically serving the residents of our funding areas.
- Organizations applying in Montgomery County must have an operating budget of $750,000 or less.

Grants will not be distributed to:
- Individuals
- Political associations or candidates
- Organizations that would disperse the funding to others
- Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or national origin

Religious organizations for direct religious work are prohibited from receiving grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Meet the Funder Workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at 9 AM at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. This workshop will focus on the E-Grant system, which is used during the FACES grant application process.

Pre-Application Information:

The FACES Grant Cycle for Montgomery County, Maryland will open on August 5, and applications are due by September 5 at 5:00 PM. The winners will be announced in December.

Application Instructions:

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:

Melissa Rizer

Carl M. Freeman Foundation
31556 Winterberry Parkway
Selbyville, DE 19975

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County