Recent Grants

2013 Community Grants

Howard County’s community foundation, the Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, gave $305,000 in grants to 65 nonprofit organizations in Howard County. Grants come from the foundation’s community grant program, which combines operational and project requests into one funding cycle.

“This year’s grantees presented compelling, innovative proposals designed to tackle evolving and expanded human-service and educational challenges as well as to expand the reach of arts and cultural programs,” said Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County. “The strength of the Foundation is the variety and depth of ways tht we are able to link the generosity of our donors with organizations to benefit Howard County community.”

 

Human Services Grants

The 23 human services grants total $174,000. The human services grants support organizations that address critical concerns of the community, including family issues, health care and housing.

Adaptive Living – $2,000 supporting a residential and support program for residents with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities
Best Buddies Maryland – $5,000 supporting friendship match, community service, social and life skills programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Better BedRest – $3,000 supporting a board retreat to develop new short- and long-term goals to improve effectiveness of assistance programs for women placed on bed rest due to pregnancy complications
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland – $2,500 supporting community one-to-one, children of prisoners, and military mentoring programs in Howard County
Bridges to Housing Stability – $11,000 supporting housing, case management and advocacy efforts to end homelessness in Howard County
Christ Church Link – $5,400 supporting advocacy and helpline programs for county residents in need of financial aid, food, medicine, shelter, housing, health care, jobs and other basic needs
Columbia Triathlon Association – $6,000 supporting staff time and materials required for local events that promote lifelong health and fitness
Community Action Council of Howard County – $12,500 supporting a full-time volunteer coordinator who will manage its food bank and garden as well as identify support for opening new food pantries in Elkridge, Laurel and Savage, Md.
Domestic Violence Center of Howard County – $12,500 supporting comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services
FIRN – $14,000 supporting information and referral, immigration counseling, interpreting/translating, and English tutoring services
FISH of Howard County – $9,000 supporting food, financial and pharmaceutical assistance programs for Howard County residents in need
Gilchrist Hospice Care – $5,000 supporting comprehensive end-of-life care to Howard County patients
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center – $12,000 supporting programs including walk-in counseling, crisis intervention services, hotline, shelter programs and the day resource center
Howard County Autism Society – $9,000 supporting advocacy, training and professional development, support groups and social opportunity programs for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and their communities
Howard County General Hospital Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center – $12,000 supporting educational, aesthetic, and wellness resources and support services for cancer patients
Living in Recovery – $4,000 supporting a third recovery house in Howard County for people in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction
Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped – $5,000 supporting the provision of dental care for disabled or chronically ill individuals
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland – $10,500 supporting home-delivered meals, in-home nutritional assessments and reduction of social isolation services in Howard County
NAMI Howard County – $5,000 supporting support groups, education courses and advocacy efforts for support programs for individuals and families living with mental illness
National Family Resiliency Center – $8,500 supporting clinical therapy services, educational programs, continuing education seminars and peer counselor programs to help children and adults preserve a sense of family and foster healthy relationships
Neighbor Ride – $10,000 supporting the organization’s volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for seniors in Howard County
The Serenity Center – $5,100 supporting building maintenance and repair costs of a four-room meeting house that serves more than 50 self-help, 12-step recovery fellowships
Voices for Children – $5,000 supporting court-appointed special advocates and fostering programs that help abused and neglected children in the Howard County court system

 

Arts and Culture Grants

The arts and culture grants total $70,900 to 15 nonprofit organizations, an increase of three more organizations compared to 2012.

B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station – $5,100 supporting the educational programs and museum exhibits that preserve the physical legacy and experience of American railroading
Candlelight Concert Society – $11,200 supporting its Chamber and CandleKids Music Series, community outreach programs and master classes
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company – $3,500 supporting the free Shakespeare for Kids summer program
Columbia Bands – $3,500 supporting free concerts and programs in Howard County
Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts – $5,500 supporting conservatory, theatrical arts productions and outreach programs
Columbia Festival of the Arts – $11,500 supporting programs and events that build community through shared participation and celebration, engage participants in a broad spectrum of art forms and cultures, and encourage interaction among artists and audiences
Columbia Orchestra – $10,500 supporting concerts and programs that foster lifelong appreciation of, enthusiasm for, and participation in music
Columbia Pro Cantare – $3,500 supporting the concert season that provides enriching, creative and diverse musical experiences for both singers and listeners
HoCoPoLitSo – $4,600 supporting live programs and events including writer-in-residence, live literary events, Shakespeare and writer-to-writer television programs that promote excellence in literary arts
Howard County Arts Council – $4,000 supporting arts programming, facility management, arts advocacy and outreach programs
Kinetics Dance Theatre – $2,500 supporting dance training and outreach programs dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary dance
Little Patuxent Review – $1,000 supporting the publication of a journal, salon series and outreach programs that reflect and draw upon the creativity and diversity of Howard County and the region
Showtime Singers – $1,000 supporting the 2013 spring concert season that offers a capella and accompanied singing as well as the provision of vocal education
Sundays at Three – $1,000 supporting its 16th concert season offering public performances of chamber music
Young Audiences of Maryland – $2,500 supporting arts programs, professional development opportunities and a teaching art institute to benefit Howard County schools

 

Education and Community Affairs Grants

The 10 education and community affairs grants total $60,100, an increase of $21,600 more than last year’s education and community affairs grants.

A-OK Mentoring–Tutoring – $4,100 supporting a mentoring program for Howard County Public School students
Conexiones – $4,000 supporting programs to advance the leadership capabilities and educational achievements of Hispanic students in Howard County
Cradlerock Children’s Center – $4,000 supporting English Immersion and Preschool for Children of Immigrant Families programs
Friends of Howard County Library – $3,300 supporting a new United States Citizenship Course
HC DrugFree – $8,700 supporting educational programs and drug/alcohol prevention services for parents, youth, educators and the community
Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievement – $2,000 supporting scholarship and book award programs for Howard County African-American high school students who plan to pursue post-secondary education or training
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland – $7,500 supporting JA Finance Park Virtual for Howard County middle-grade students
Leadership Howard County – $5,100 supporting Leadership Premier, Essentials, Leadership U and alumni programs that empower individuals to strengthen and transform the community
Loyola University of Maryland – $7,600 supporting Expanding Horizons: Broadway Kids program, which partners with the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts and the Howard County Public School System to address the communication needs of children with social communication disorders
makingCHANGE – $4,000 supporting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site coordinator position to provide financial coaching at the North Laurel Multi-Service Center

    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

    All 2017 Mini-Grant funds have been awarded.  We will not be accepting a second round of applications.

     

    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

    Bob Jeffrey
    “Bach and I wanted to give a more meaningful gift than our usual to the Community Foundation of Howard County so we met with the staff and discussed our options. They provided a broad range of funding opportunities to support nonprofits and needs in the county. When the Women’s Giving Circle and Junior Achievement were mentioned, it all came together for us. Years ago Bach had been a member of the circle and I participated in Junior Achievement when I was in high school. The idea of educating women about business through Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Rising Women program also truly resonated with us. We were thrilled to provide funding that has had such an immediate impact for a nonprofit and potentially long-term impacts for young women.” – Bob Jeffrey
    [Bob pictured above with Rising Women participants.]

    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.

    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.

    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.