Howard County Community Relief Fund

Providing assistance to community members in the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy within Howard County

 

The Relief Fund was established by the Community Foundation of Howard County to help address needs in the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy within Howard County. The CFHoCo Board uses several factors to decide when to activate the fund, including the severity of the incident, impact on the community, the needs of residents and businesses, and the availability of resources.

 

Fund Goals

In partnership with nonprofits and government agencies providing direct services, and based on the amount of donations received, the Fund will prioritize assistance as follows:

  • Immediate Relief Efforts — In the initial aftermath of a disaster or tragedy government agencies and nonprofit service organizations provide food, shelter, water, medical care, clothing, and other aid. Initial grants will be made to organizations providing these emergency services.
  • Short-Term Recovery – Immediately following the disaster or tragedy critical recovery work begins. Service providers work tirelessly to ensure continued access to basic necessities such as food, safe drinking water, temporary or transitional shelter, clothing, and other services. Assistance centers centralize access to needed services related to finances, insurance, subsidy programs, unemployment and job placement, counseling services, pet care, and other services. Subsequent grants will be made to organizations providing these critical services.
  • Long-Term Rebuilding – Depending on the severity of the incident, it can take communities several years to rebuild physical infrastructure, restore the natural environment, and rehabilitate the lives of those who are impacted. The CFHoCo will make grants to organizations addressing chronic social, emotional, health, and environmental challenges in the impacted community.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation will consider requests from organizations:

  • Determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other entities that meet IRS charitable guidelines;
  • Delivering services to Howard County residents, property owners and businesses effected by a qualifying incident approved by the Foundation; and,
  • Providing programs and services to the intended beneficiaries without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, ancestry, age or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, county or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

 

Request Process

Either the Executive Director or the President of the Board of Trustees/Directors of the organization must complete the application and submit it, along with a copy of the organization’s IRS Letter of Determination, to the Community Foundation of Howard County via the online application below.

Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis and funds will be distributed contingent on the availability of funds available and the identified needs.

BEFORE completing the application below, download and complete this Budget Template.

 

Questions?

The Foundation staff is available to assist you throughout this process and welcomes your questions and comments. Please contact the Foundation’s Director of Programs, Tracy Locke‐Kitt, by phone, 410‐730‐7840 or via email, grants@CFHoCo.org.

 

Together We Accomplished

  • Provided over $80,000 to nonprofits providing assistance to community members impacted by the Ellicott City Flash Flood on July 31, 2016.

 

 

    Community Grants

    The 2017 grant cycle is closed.

    Through the Community Grant program, funding is provided once a year to support programs and services that transform and enrich the lives of Howard County residents. CFHoCo seeks to collaborate with nonprofits administering human service programs; focusing on educational success and opportunities; providing arts and culture experiences; advocating for a healthy lifestyle and promoting the enjoyment and preservation of our environment.
    The Community Grant Program provides funding in two categories:

    Operational Grants provide support for the day-to-day costs of running a nonprofit organization. These grants provide unrestricted income to help an organization carry out its goals without imposing the requirement to develop activities directly attributable to the grant.

    Project Grants are given to support a specific set of activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit objectives and a predetermined cost. Project grant funds are restricted and must be used for the specified project.

    Based on the availability of funds, the foundation may provide grants of up to $15,000.
    Please see our press release for a complete list of the 2015 Community Grant recipients. For more information on this program, please e-mail our Program Officer, Tracy Locke-Kitt or call 410-730-7840.

    Program Guidelines and Application

    The following document is an example of the criteria for past program.

    2016 Community Grant Program Guidelines and Instructions (PDF)

    Grant Reporting

    Community Grant recipients are required to submit a grant report that includes both financial and narrative information. Recipients will be asked to report on what was accomplished with the grant and provide an accounting of how the funds were utilized. The following are the report templates:

    Due April 30, 2017

    Support CFHoCo’s Programs

    Our Community Grant program is made possible by donors who have established Unrestricted and Field-of-Interest Funds. Through this generous support, collectively, these funds provide CFHoCo the flexibility to use its extensive knowledge of community issues and organizations to make grants that both support programs that make our community vibrant and that are responsive to the needs of the community.  Donors utilize the expertise of CFHoCo’s staff and Board of Directors to identify opportunities to make grants that will have the most impact in the community. Learn how you can be part of making a difference in our community by starting a fund.

    Mini-Grants

    The 2017 Mini-Grant program applications are closed.

     

    Through the Mini-Grant program, funding is provided to support smaller nonprofits, projects that are time-sensitive, first-time applicants, nonprofits less than five years old, school enrichment programs that are not funded through the district budget, and nonprofits not eligible for grants through the Community Grant program. The Community Foundation of Howard County may provide grants of up to $5,000.

    The Mini-Grant program provides funding in the following categories:

    • HCPSS Enrichment Programs may be one-time or ongoing programs or extracurricular activities designed to enhance Howard County Public School students’ learning, not covered by the HCPSS budget.
    • Equipment Purchases may be small-scale purchases that meet a critical organizational priority or for technology enhancements.
    • Organizational Improvement may be for board or staff education, program evaluation, shared training resources or collaborative planning efforts with other organizations.
    • Project Support may be for an established program, to adapt a proven program to a new situation, discover whether an approach is viable, or that help enhance an organization’s mission.
    • Operational Support is unrestricted income to help an organization carry out its goals without imposing the requirement to develop activities directly attributable to the grant.

    For complete information on the funding categories outlined above, please read the Program Guidelines provide below.  For more information on this program, please email Director of Programs, Tracy Locke-Kitt at or call 410-730-7840.

    Program Guidelines and Application

    Following are the application materials and guidelines for the 2017 Mini-Grant program.

    Grant Reporting

    The Mini-Grant program does not require the submission of a final report; however a site visit may be required. We encourage you to update the CFHoCo on the project that was funded, including sharing results, pictures, articles, etc.

    Support CFHoCo’s Programs

    Our Mini-Grant program is made possible by donors who have established Unrestricted and Field-of-Interest Funds. Through this generous support, collectively, these funds provide CFHoCo the flexibility to use its extensive knowledge of community issues and organizations to make grants that both support programs that make our community vibrant and that are responsive to the needs of the community.  Donors utilize the expertise of CFHoCo’s staff and Board of Directors to identify opportunities to make grants that will have the most impact in the community.

    Make a difference in our community and donate now.

    Donor-Advised Grants

    Donor-Advised Grants are a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving – and a great way to involve your entire family in philanthropy. Through this program you can provide funding to nonprofits targeting the issues you and your family care about most.

    Grantmaking with Confidence

    CFHoCo staff can provide information on successful, new and innovative programs within Howard County.  You can feel secure in knowing that your donations are made to nonprofits that have been vetted through our rigorous grant review and due diligence process to ensure compliance with IRS requirements for nonprofit status, community impact, financial controls and collaborations with other community organizations.

    This partnership enables you to support organizations highlighted for their ability to carry us forward in building a healthy, vital community.

    Donor Suggestion Form

    You can make a difference by right-clicking to download and complete our Donor Suggestion Form (revised October 2016) and submitting to Grants@CFHoCo.org

     

    Making-Up-The-Difference

    Our 2014 Community Grant program provided local nonprofits with $305,003 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 one or more of these nonprofits. Learn how you can “Make a Difference.”

    Support Our Programs

    Our grant programs are made possible by donors who have established Unrestricted and Field-of-Interest Funds. Through this generous support, collectively, these funds provide CFHoCo the flexibility to use its extensive knowledge of community issues and organizations to make grants that support programs that make our community vibrant and which are responsive to the needs of the community.  Donors utilize the expertise of CFHoCo’s staff and Board of Directors to identify opportunities to make grants that will have the most impact in the community.

    Be part of making a difference in our community, now and for generations to come, by establishing a fund with the CFHoCo or by providing a donation to one or more of the following funds:

    Fund for the Common Good

    Empowers you to make a lasting impact on current and emerging programs that support a vibrant community and improve the quality of life in Howard County.

    Fund for the Arts and Cultural Activities

    Enrich the lives of Howard County residents through the support of local arts programs and cultural activities.

    Fund for Education and Educational Programs

    Make a lasting impact in the lives of Howard County residents by supporting educational programs.

    Fund for Environmental Programs

    Enrich the lives of Howard County residents by supporting environmental programs and preserving our local green space.

    Fund for Health and Human Services Programs

    Improve the quality of life of Howard County residents with the greatest need.