Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for services that benefit local residents. Applicants must contact staff for pre-approval and submit an LOI prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for operating support, scholarships, summer camps, and requests addressing behavioral health. Eligible applicants serve Harford County.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
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.
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
- 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.
All grant seekers—even if currently or previously funded—must obtain Foundation approval for each step: Pre-Approval, Letter of Inquiry, and Grant Application. For pre-approval, contact Patti (see details below).
2023 Funding Cycles
Letter of Inquiry Closing Date:
- October 13, 2023
- January 12, 2024
- March 1, 2024
* Please note:
Summer camp requests are considered only for the January and April deadlines.
Behavioral health requests are considered only for the April deadline.
Your application must not be submitted at the same time as your LOI. Please submit an application only after the Foundation has requested one.
Approximately two months after your application is submitted, the Dresher Foundation's Board of Trustees will review and vote upon your completed proposal. Board meetings are held quarterly, and you will be notified immediately afterwards whether your proposal was funded, and if so, at what amount.
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.