Making Up The Difference

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.

Our Local Nonprofits

Nonprofits eligible for the program have been vetted by the Foundation 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.  Take a moment to learn about these organizations and the services they provide and join us in supporting organizations highlighted for their ability to carry us forward in building a healthy, vital community.

Make A Grant

You can make a difference by making a donation by clicking on a non-profit below. Those organizations with an asterisk have an agency endowment fund with the Foundation.  If the organization does not have a fund with us, we will distribute the gift to the organization for a 3 percent processing fee.

American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake Region $10,000

American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake Region $10,000

In support of the “Disaster Response Program” for Howard County, which provides residents immediate needs after a devastating fire or other disaster, including mental health counseling, prevention of homelessness, food, shelter and clothes.  

Arc of Howard County* $10,000

Arc of Howard County* $10,000

In support of their mission to achieve full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Association of Community Services of Howard County $9,000

Association of Community Services of Howard County $9,000

In support of their mission to provide Howard County nonprofits with education and training, advocacy and community connections, that in turn advance the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits providing direct services and for the development of a consolidated human services center.

B & O Railroad Museum (Baltimore) $9,000

B & O Railroad Museum (Baltimore) $9,000

In support of the operation and program expenses related to the Ellicott City Station Museum.

Bridges to Housing Stability* $7,000

Bridges to Housing Stability* $7,000

In support of their mission to prevent homelessness by providing effective services and compelling advocacy that result in housing stability for Howard County residents – for every family to have a home.

Bright Minds Foundation $6,000

Bright Minds Foundation $6,000

In support of their mission to address equity, equality and access to educational offerings; promotion of educational innovation; and development of skills that serve students throughout their lives.

Building Families for Children $10,000

Building Families for Children $10,000

In support of the “Good Samaritan Network in Howard County” which provides temporary “host” families for children whose parents are “in crisis” and which provides a team of life coaches for young adults aging out of the foster care system.

Camp Attaway* $7,700

Camp Attaway* $7,700

In support of their summer day camp treatment program for children of ages 7-13 with emotional and behavioral disorders.  

Candlelight Concert Society $6,000

Candlelight Concert Society $6,000

In support of their mission to provide the finest national and international classical chamber music ensembles and soloists performances; provide young people with a stimulating introduction to the performing arts; and, to reach out to those with limited opportunities to experience the arts.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company $9,000

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company $9,000

In support of CSC-in-the-Ruins: Free Shakespeare for Kids program, hosted at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City, which provides families the opportunity to see high quality Shakespeare plays by offering free admission to children under 19.

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts* $9,000

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts* $9,000

In support of their mission to make theatre accessible to children from all walks of life, regardless of gender, age, race, ability or socio-economic status and to educate children through the arts by creating theatrical experiences that inspire thought, action, creativity and change.

Columbia Festival of the Arts* $9,000

Columbia Festival of the Arts* $9,000

In support of their mission to present a world class celebration of the arts and entertainment that attracts, engages, and inspires the broad and diverse community it serves.

Columbia Orchestra $9,000

Columbia Orchestra $9,000

In support of their mission to provide high-quality musical performances by a locally-based symphony orchestra; the resources provided to area students, teachers, and educational institutions; and, local classical musicians with an opportunity to explore and perform great orchestral literature and chamber music.

Columbia Pro Cantare* $15,000

Columbia Pro Cantare* $15,000

In support of their mission to present five concerts per year performed by a professionally-trained volunteer chorus.

Community Action Council of Howard County $3,000

Community Action Council of Howard County $3,000

In support of the volunteer coordinator position, which provides essential program support to CAC services centered upon food security, which include the Howard County Food Bank, the work of the Community Garden, and the management of over 2,000 volunteers.

Cradlerock Children’s Center (CCC) $8,480

Cradlerock Children’s Center (CCC) $8,480

In support of the “Community Scholarships for Working Poor Families and Recent Immigrants,” a program which provides qualified families access to quality preschool education and childcare.

FIRN, Inc.* $4,000

FIRN, Inc.* $4,000

In support of their mission to create a community in which foreign-born individuals feel welcomed and have the tools they need to be successful contributors to the local, national and international community.

Gilchrist Hospice Care $10,000

Gilchrist Hospice Care $10,000

In support of the quality, compassionate hospice care for terminally ill adults and children who receive services at Gilchrist’s Howard County Inpatient Center.

Girls on the Run of Central Maryland $9,500

Girls on the Run of Central Maryland $9,500

In support of their mission to empower girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident using an experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates mentoring and running.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.* $3,000

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.* $3,000

In support of their mission to provide supportive and professional 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, shelter, and outreach services to individuals and families experiencing a personal, situational, mental health, or shelter crisis.

HC DrugFree $9,000

HC DrugFree $9,000

In support of their mission to provide prevention, treatment, recovery, health and wellness resources to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health disorders.  

HopeWorks (formerly Domestic Violence Center of Howard County)* $4,000

HopeWorks (formerly Domestic Violence Center of Howard County)* $4,000

In support of their mission to reduce the harm and effects of domestic violence and sexual assault while working toward their elimination in Howard County.

Howard Community College Educational Foundation $10,000

Howard Community College Educational Foundation $10,000

An investment in students attending Howard Community College through the Educational Foundations scholarship programs.

Howard County Arts Council* $6,500

Howard County Arts Council* $6,500

In support of “Head Start In Art: An Artist‐In‐Education” program that provides children participating in Howard County Head Start programs, hands‐on artistic experiences for a period of three to six weeks.

Howard County Autism Society $7,000

Howard County Autism Society $7,000

In support of their mission to serve individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their communities by providing information, support, and advocacy; by promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and by working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities.

Howard County Conservancy* $6,000

Howard County Conservancy* $6,000

In support of their mission to educate children and adults about the natural world, preserve the land and its legacy for future generations, and model responsible stewardship of our environment.

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland $10,000

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland $10,000

In support of the expansion of JA programs in Howard County from Elementary through High school, including JA BizTown, JA Finance Park Virtual, and JA Rising Women Initiative.

Kinetics Dance Theatre $9,500

Kinetics Dance Theatre $9,500

In support of their mission to develop and present contemporary dance as a living art form in the community, through dance education, community outreach, workshops, performances and collaborations with other artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Leadership Howard County, Inc. $9,000

Leadership Howard County, Inc. $9,000

In support of their mission to empower individuals to strengthen and transform our community.

Linwood Center, Inc. $15,000

Linwood Center, Inc. $15,000

In support of operation costs associated with educational programs, vocational training, residential support and employment opportunities for children and adults living with autism and related developmental disabilities.

Living In Recovery $7,000

Living In Recovery $7,000

In support of their mission to provide affordable housing and a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol for persons in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

MakingCHANGE – A Financial Wellness Center $9,500

MakingCHANGE – A Financial Wellness Center $9,500

In support of their mission to empower individuals and families to achieve financial stability.

Maryland University of Integrative Health $15,000

Maryland University of Integrative Health $15,000

In support administrative and program costs related to students attending college.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. $9,000

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. $9,000

In support of their programs that provide home-delivered meals to house bound individuals in Howard County.

NAMI Howard County MD $5,000

NAMI Howard County MD $5,000

In support of their mission to improve the lives of individuals with mental illness and their families through education, advocacy, and support to increase awareness of mental illness in Howard County.

National Family Resiliency Center, Inc.* $10,000

National Family Resiliency Center, Inc.* $10,000

In support of their mission to help children and adults preserve a sense of family and foster healthy relationships regardless of family configuration, as they navigate the legal requirements and emotional experience of a parental separation or divorce.

Neighbor Ride* $4,000

Neighbor Ride* $4,000

In support of their transportation services that enable seniors to remain a vital and productive part of their community.

Rebuilding Together Howard County $9,000

Rebuilding Together Howard County $9,000

In support of their mission to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in Howard County.

STEMaction $15,000

STEMaction $15,000

In support of their Howard County programs that support their mission to increase competency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Children’s Home $15,000

The Children’s Home $15,000

In support of the residential and community services to young people and families from Howard County who experience a disruption in their lives and which promote long-term well-being and success.

Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center $15,000

Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center $15,000

In support of the construction of the Sensory-Sensitive Indoor Therapy Arena and Accessible Playground in which they will provide physical and occupational therapy on horseback for clients with severe physical and emotional disabilities.

Voices for Children $4,000

Voices for Children $4,000

In support of their mission to ensure that the best interest of children, who have been abused and neglected and are living in foster care, are represented in the Howard County Court.

Winter Growth, Inc.* $10,000

Winter Growth, Inc.* $10,000

In support of their mission to provide community based services for older and disabled adults, that allow them to achieve their highest potential for independence, dignity, and life satisfaction.

Y of Central Maryland $15,000

Y of Central Maryland $15,000

In support of operation and program costs that allow the organization to provide free and/or reduced cost services to Howard County residents.

Young Audiences of Maryland $6,000

Young Audiences of Maryland $6,000

In support support of their Howard County programs that support their mission to build connections between art, artists, educators, students and the communities in which they reside and work.