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For Nonprofits

The Community Foundation invests directly in nonprofit organizations, communities, and systems change to solve problems and change lives. We seek out and support innovative solutions that lead to community transformation. We are fortunate to partner with thousands of local nonprofits who are working every day to make our communities a better place for all who call our region their home.

Grant Opportunities

Donors InVesting in the Arts (DIVAs) Giving Circle

The DIVAs welcome Letters of Inquiry for nonprofit organizations that have a strong track record of serving middle and high school aged Montgomery County youth by using art as a medium to foster joy, empathy, self-awareness, the ability to bridge lines of difference, and other skills that will help youth to thrive. Grant awards will range from $5,000 - $10,000 for individual programs and up to $15,000 for collaborations.

Sharing Prince George’s

Sharing Prince George’s seeks to tackle poverty by providing support for: safety-net programs which help individuals meet their basic essential needs; educational programs that focus on improving the academic achievement of children in high need communities; and workforce development opportunities that help workers earn a family sustaining wage. Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

Partnership to End Homelessness

The Partnership to End Homelessness recently released a closed RFP inviting eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to support “flex funding” (client financial assistance) programs. The goal for this first round of grants is to expedite housing placement and stabilization among single adults matched to housing resources through the District’s Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) System. For more detailed eligibility information, please visit our Partnership webpage. You can also sign up for our email list to receive updates about future open and competitive grant rounds.

GRANT ROUNDS 2019

As a trusted steward of local charitable assets on behalf of hundreds of donors in the region, The Community Foundation operates many individual grant rounds at various times throughout the year. We have listened to our nonprofit partners and consolidated the majority of our competitive and discretionary funding opportunities into fewer rounds with uniform due dates. The Community Foundation will offer the following grant rounds in the coming year:

Fall 2019

RFP Opens: August 19, 2019

Winter 2019

RFP Opens: November 5, 2019

Spring 2020

RFP Opens: February 2020 (Date To Be Announced)

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. New opportunities may be added to the list over time.

Types of Grants offered by the community foundation

Discretionary Grants

The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application process, usually during three scheduled grant rounds (see schedule above). Grant committees complete a rigorous review of each application to determine how funding is distributed based on criteria established to fulfill the charitable mission of the fund. Learn more about some of these funds.

Donor Recommended Grants

The Community Foundation stewards a variety of donor advised funds. Grants from these funds are awarded based upon the recommendation of the donor (or their designated representative) to the causes and organizations they choose. These are not open or competitive application opportunities. In most cases, we do not share the donor’s information.

The Community Foundation can only make grants to nonprofit organizations which are tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or an entity that meets IRS charitable guidelines. Find more answers to frequently asked questions.

resources for nonprofits

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Communications Guidelines for Grantees

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Gifts Online 101 Webinar for Applicants

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions