The foundation’s newest initiative to empower high school students through philanthropy will begin in 2020. The program will supervise a committee of sophomores and juniors as they learn firsthand about the grant process and local issues. The students will work with the foundation to solicit and evaluate grant applications and award funds to nonprofit organizations in Howard County. Learn more about Youth in Philanthropy here. Donate to the fund here.

    2020 Community Grant Process

    Applications Due October 21, 2019

    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.

    For more information on this program, please e-mail our Director of Grants and Community Engagement, Dee Athey, or call 410-730-7840.



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