Community Foundation Announces More Than $225,000 Available in Rolling Grants

FREDERICK, MD – January 5, 2016: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces rolling grants available totaling more than $225,000. These grants are available for application immediately and will remain available until all funds are awarded or June 30, 2016.

To be eligible to apply, organizations must certify it is one of the following: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; a government agency applying for an extraordinary project that is not funded by tax revenue; a religious organization requesting funding for non-sectarian activities; or a civic group that is not a 501(c)(3) requesting funding for a community cause.

Applicants can apply at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/receive/rollinggrants. Applicants may contact Pilar Olivo, Director of Community Impact, with questions about grant applications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposals ranging from $250 to $500 will be considered for the following purposes:

• The Environmental Preservation Field of Interest Fund: To support ecology initiatives in Frederick County and/or programs that protects the environment.
• The Enhancing Agriculture Field of Interest Fund: To promote agriculture in Frederick County as an economic development engine, introduce youth to the benefits of agriculture, encourage careers in agriculture and educate the public about agricultural issues.
• The Human Services Field of Interest Fund: To support nonprofits that help individuals with mental, financial or physical needs.
• The Parks Field of Interest Fund: To support enhancements to public parks.
• The Recreation Field of Interest Fund: To support play areas, sporting events, festivals, and teams/leagues in Frederick County.

Proposals for $500-$1000 will be considered for the following funds:

• The C&O Canal Endowment Fund for Frederick County: To support projects and activities relating to the preservation and heritage of The C&O Canal National Historical Park, with preference given to those portions of the Canal located in Frederick County, Maryland or benefiting the residents of Frederick County, Maryland.
• The Don Doughty and Linda Moran Fund: To increase urban gardening opportunities and/or for the enhancement of public green space and/or to improve gardening opportunities within the City of Frederick.
• The Frederick County AIDS/HIV Education and Services Fund: To provide support for educational, medical, and social services to individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and/or the community at large.
• The Job Training and Skills Development Field of Interest Fund: To support programs that foster quality workforce development in Frederick County.
• The Substance Abuse Rehabilitation for Frederick County Youth Fund: To support substance abuse rehabilitation programs serving Frederick County youth under the age of 21.

Proposals ranging from $500 to $20,000 will be considered for the following purposes:

• The Caring Samaritan Fund: To provide grants to nonprofits that support the well-being of aging seniors who are 60 years and older in Frederick County, Maryland. Preference will be given but not limited to emergency and short-term needs for seniors, including transportation, subsidy and co-payments for medical expenses, housing and utility assistance.
• The Health Fund for Frederick County Youth: To support nonprofits providing services to Frederick County youth under age 18 who have extraordinary and/or life-threatening medical needs.
• The John L. and Lucille H. Ponton Charitable Fund: To meet the income/expense needs of children with cancer, to provide funds to the families of children with cancer for family travel expenses and to support Camp Jamie and its purpose.
• The Secret Santa Fund: To support nonprofits providing services to Frederick County, Maryland residents who are experiencing hardships where a small “hand-up” could positively change a dire situation.
• The William E. Cross Special Needs Fund: To support nonprofits that assist individuals affected by catastrophic circumstances, such as life-threatening illnesses, medical conditions that hamper activities of daily living, loss of financial livelihood, death of an immediate family member, involvement in accidents that cause a dramatic change in physical and mental well-being, or the absence of a family support system. The grant is intended to make a difference in the recipients’ quality of life, living situation and ability to sustain themselves.

As a leader in grant and scholarship funding, The Community Foundation of Frederick County has given back more than $43 million to the community since 1986.

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