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Leadership Development Grants Program

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to
Provide Professional Development and Staff Training

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Helen J. Serini Foundation

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Maryland nonprofits in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Frederick Counties and Baltimore City to support professional development and leadership training for staff members. Funding may include conference registration fees, one-on-one trainings, webinars, seminars, coaching, speaker series, and/or travel arrangements for any of the above.

The Foundation is seeking funding partnerships with non-profits who demonstrate the following characteristics:

- A creative, innovative, entrepreneurial spirit
- A spirit of collaboration, partnership, and alliance-building
- A commitment to equity
- A willingness to grow a relationship over time
- Experienced, high-energy, talented management and demonstrated board governance
- Models that are constituent-driven and informed by the communities they aim to serve
- Services that are transformative in the lives of clients
- Work that improves and/or restructures symptoms by changing the policies and practices that hold people in cycles of poverty

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183597

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $1,500 per applicant, totaling no more than $3,000 per organization.

Term of Contract:

Grant periods are capped at one year. Multi-year funding requests are considered on an invitation-only basis, and only grant partners who have received at least one year of funding from the Foundation in the past are eligible for these invitations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation is currently accepting unsolicited LOI submissions from organizations that are operationally based in, or that provide services and support to, the communities where board members and advisors live and work. This includes Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Frederick County.

All organizations seeking funding, regardless of amount requested, are required to meet the following criteria:

- Provide services in and/or be based in one of our geographic areas of focus (exceptions may be made on invitation of the board);
- Provide evidence of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3), OR, in the case of international grantees, provide similar proof of tax exemption to the satisfaction of the Executive Director;
- Provide up-to-date contact details for regular communications;
- Adhere to the principles of the Foundation and the Foundation's mission statement.

The Helen J. Serini Foundation will not make grants to the following:

- Organizations that engage in discriminatory hiring, benefit or service practices based on race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.
- Individuals
- Political Action Committees (PAC) or lobbying efforts (exclusive of research)
- 509(a)(3) organizations
- Religious institutions that have not submitted a 1023 form and/or received their 501(c)(3) status
- Reimbursement for prior expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received prior to July 15, 2019 for consideration.

The budget for this program is limited in 2019, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible organizations. Unsolicited requests are encouraged and welcomed, provided the organization applying meets the foundation's eligibility criteria.

Applications will be review and decisions provided within three weeks; due to the foundation's limited staff resources, they cannot commit to decisions faster than this.

Applications for all grant requests to the Helen J. Serini Foundation must be made via the online portal. Requests received via email, phone, or snail mail will not be reviewed. Applications for Leadership Development funding must be submitted by the person who will be participating in/receiving the leadership development opportunity in question.

Please email Program Officer Kerry McHugh before submitting a Letter of Inquiry of any size, scope, or capacity that may fall outside of the geographic focus or target funding areas.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Kerry McHugh, Program Officer

The Helen J. Serini Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 146
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

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USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Frederick Counties and Baltimore City

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