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.



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,


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.