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First-time applicants must contact the Foundation to discuss grant proposals prior to submission. The Community Foundation of Howard County’s mission is to connect people, resources and causes to produce a positive and sustainable change in the communities we serve. We welcome grant applications from any 501(c)3 organization that is doing work to make our community a better place. Our staff will be very glad to work with you. For more information, please contact Emerald Blankenship at (765) 454-7298 or by email at email@example.com.
Based on our new strategic plan and community listening processes, the Foundation is launching new grant programs as outlined below.
In 2019, the Community Foundation conducted 16 community conversations in Howard County to hear the issues citizens feel are important to the future well-being and growth of our communities. You can read more about the process at www.cfhoward.org. We are seeking applications that make significant progress in one of these aspirations prioritized by you and our neighbors:
Mentally Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free: This includes support of criminal justice initiatives, affordable housing, shelters, mental health and substance abuse services (bilingual services for care), removing barriers (includes transportation) to access services, family strengthening initiatives, safe housing, job training and education for those struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.
Progressive, Growing, Vibrant and Economically Healthy: This includes community development, workforce diversity and skills, workforce development, education, building an innovative and diverse business environment, affordable housing, transportation and quality of place initiatives.
Inclusive, Supportive, Connected, Engaging and Culturally Diverse: This includes initiatives that encourage inclusiveness, cultural diversity, connectiveness, and bilingual services, collaborative activities, socioeconomic interaction initiatives, diversity in community outreach, human rights programs and accessibility for all to resources.
These are part of our regular grant cycles. Our first year of strategic grants will be more exploratory as we and our community partners learn more about data trends and effective solutions. Over time, we will refine our criteria for those aspirations and refine the benchmarks for success.
Also part of our regular grant cycles, general grants are a continuation of our traditional, responsive grantmaking program which supports a variety of programs and services in our counties. It also includes grants for nonprofit capacity building.
Our communities and nonprofits face many unknowns as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged economic downturn. In addition, nonprofits may face other unexpected short-term crises or opportunities. Mini-grants (up to $1,000) and rapid response grants (up to $5,000) will be available between our grant cycles.
If you have a request that falls within these parameters, please contact Emerald Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
You can submit a letter of inquiry at any point through December 1 of the current year.
Grant Designation Determination
The good news? We will help you decide which program best fits your idea for making a difference. You can email a letter of inquiry any time and we will respond within two weeks on the next steps for strategic or general grants, or with a decision on a mini or rapid response grant.
The Community Foundation of Howard County follows these grantmaking values, guidelines, and policies for our unrestricted community endowment philanthropic funds. These funds support the community’s changing challenges and need. When they established these funds, donors entrusted the Foundation with the selection of the most needed programs to receive grant funding based on a competitive process. Donors may establish other types of funds with different criteria.
Whenever possible, we hope our grantmaking reflects these values:
Typically, we do not award grants:
Grant Evaluation Criteria
We use these criteria when evaluating grant applications:
Out-of-Cycle Grant Requests
Grant applications may be considered outside of the annual published grant application cycles in special circumstances wherein the applicant can demonstrate that:
a) An emergency condition exists whereby delay in consideration of the grant could lead to the endangerment of life, property or continuation of services provided, or
b) A time sensitive opportunity to leverage Foundation funds which will expire prior to the conclusion of a published grant cycle.
All out-of-cycle grants remain subject to all application submission requirements, including submission of a letter of inquiry, which should specify the applicant’s desire for out-of-cycle grant consideration and justification for such consideration.
Applicants may be asked to document that the circumstances which have led to the submission of an out-of-cycle request materialized after the conclusion of the most recently concluded grant cycle, and do not exist due to the delay of the applicant in submitting a timely application for consideration during the previous grant cycle.