Our 2016 Community Grant and Mini-Grants program will provide local nonprofits with $305,000 in the areas of social services, the arts, education and the environment, to improve the lives of those who live or work in Howard County.  Although these grants will make a tangible difference in our community, they represent partial funding of the general operating services or specific programs these grantees actually requested.  Through this program you can Make a Difference in your community by making a personal grant to these nonprofits, Making Up the Difference between what was requested and what CFHoCo granted.

    When we ask our donors why they give, we hear many reasons. Some express a deep sense of gratitude to the county where their families and businesses have thrived. Others feel a responsibility to use their wealth in meaningful ways, or to share their good fortune — an inheritance, an especially large bonus or commission check, or the proceeds from the sale of a business — with the community.

    Create a Fund Invest in Howard County
    Corporate Philanthropy Support the Community Foundation of Howard County
    Give to an Existing Fund Create a Legacy


    To be considered for a grant, an organization must be determined as charitable under
    Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be an entity that meets IRS charitable guidelines.

    For questions about our grant programs email Program Officer Tracy Locke-Kitt or call 410-730-7840.

    Community Grants                     Donor Advised

    Mini Grants                                 Making Up The Difference

    CFHoCo manages more than 300 charitable funds on our community’s behalf. Search our directory to find existing funds based on the type of fund or the name of the fund. You can click on the name of the fund to learn more about it as well as donate directly to that fund. Contact CFHoCo to learn how you can create your own fund.


    The “Endow Maryland” tax credit rewards donors who help build permanent charitable funds for local communities across the state—and right here in Howard County. Authorized by the State Legislature for the 2016 tax year, Endow Maryland offers a 25% state tax credit for gifts of $500 or more to permanent, endowed funds at qualified community foundations in Maryland.

    Learn more about Endow Maryland and how you can make a gift to CFHoCo here.



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