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The Dresher Foundation Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Dresher Foundation

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Grants to Harford County, Maryland nonprofit organizations that provide services to local residents. Applicants must call Foundation staff for pre-approval before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. Funding will be provided for operating support, 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179262

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Initial contact should be made by telephone (see Contact Information below) to 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.

LOIs must be submitted by the following dates in 2018:
- Friday, January 5
- Friday, February 23
- Friday, April 27
- Friday, July 27
- Friday, September 28

If approved, full grant applications may be submitted via the online application portal by one of the above dates following the submission of the LOI (not the same date as the LOI). Final decisions will be made at Board meetings held on the following dates in 2018:

- Friday, February 23
- Friday, April 20
- Thursday, June 21
- Friday, September 21
- Friday, November 16

Please note: After submitting a Grant Application,
- You may receive telephone calls, emails and/or a site visit for clarification of the application.
- You may be asked to submit additional supporting information.
- The board of trustees makes the final decision on whether to award a grant, the amount and any conditions for funding.

If a grant is awarded, your organization will receive an award letter and two copies of a Letter of Agreement. Both copies of the Agreement must be returned to the foundation office. A countersigned copy of the Agreement, the check and a post grant form will be sent to you within six weeks from the board meeting.

Application Instructions:


Contact Information:

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

Initial contact should be made by telephone, 410-933-0384, or by email, In this way the Foundation can determine whether the application fits within the scope of the trustees’ interest.

LOIs may be emailed to the above email address.

If approved, register and submit a full grant application online:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Harford County