The Dresher Foundation Grant

Grants to Harford County, Maryland Nonprofits for
Scholarships, Summer Camps, and Operating Expenses

GrantWatch ID#: 179262
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Dresher Foundation


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Grants to Harford County, Maryland nonprofit organizations that provide services to local residents. Pre-approval is required before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. Funding will be provided for operating requests, scholarships, and summer camps that are four weeks or longer.

Please Note: Many nonprofits provide services to residents of the serivce area, but are located outside of the specific area. The Dresher Foundation, however, does not fund organizations, including past grantees, that are physically located outside of Harford County.

The Foundation will consider multi-year grants for applications that exceed $100,000.

The Foundation will only make grants to organizations that are exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code.

The Foundation will not consider inquiries or applications from any organization more than once every twelve months.

Those organizations receiving multi-year funding may not re-apply until the grant is completed.

The Foundation will not be the sole source of external funding for any project or program.

Important: The trustees do not accept unsolicited inquiries from public, private or charter elementary schools, high schools, colleges, or universities.

Regretfully, support is not provided for

- Agencies that redistribute grant funds to nonprofits
- Animal welfare/humane societies
- Annual giving
- Galas, special events, or golf tournaments
- Environmental programs
- Individuals
- Legal services
- National or local chapters for specific diseases
- One-time only events, seminars, or workshops
- Political activities
- Staff development and training
- Summer camps that are less than four weeks
- Public, private or charter elementary or high schools, colleges or universities. Only educational institutions that have a current relationship with the Dresher family are being funded.

Application Process Overview:

The LOI and Grant Application are two separate processes. When the Foundation receives your LOI, the Screening Committee will review it. Within 72 hours after their meeting, you will be notified as to whether or not to proceed with a Grant Application. If the Foundation requests a Grant Application, it will be reviewed by the Board. You will be notified no later than 72 hours after the meeting of the Board’s decision.

Step-By-Step Application Process:

1. Pre-Approval:
You must obtain Pre-Approval from Foundation staff. Initial contact should be made by telephone or by email (see contact information below). In this way, the Foundation can determine whether the application fits within the scope of the trustees’ interest.

Please do not submit a Letter of Inquiry or Grant Application without first receiving approval from Foundation staff. Unsolicited applications are not reviewed.

2. Letter of Inquiry:
After Pre-Approval, please submit a Letter of Inquiry by the deadline (see deadlines listed below).

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the LOI in PDF or Word format.

2017 Submission Deadlines:
Friday, January 6
Friday, March 10
Friday, May 5
Friday, August 4
Friday, October 6

2017 Board Meetings:
Monday, February 10
Monday, April 21
Monday, June 16
Monday, September 15
Monday, November 17

Please Note:
Summer camp letters of inquiry are accepted only for the March 10 and May 5, 2017 deadlines. Out-of-school program letters of inquiry are accepted only in May and August.

3. Grant Application:
The Foundation will contact you after you have submitted an LOI to request a Grant Application.

Please note that the Foundation must receive your post-grant report before you seek grant renewal. Do not combine the submission of a post-grant report with a Letter of Inquiry for a grant renewal.

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

LOI Submission:

Submit the attached LOI form by email to

Application Submission:

Full applications are submitted online at:

Note: You must create a login to be able to return to your application.

For more Information, call 410-933-0384.

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