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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.

Open Grant Opportunities

Census 2020

The 2020 Count DMV In Census Project seeks to support projects focused on 2020 Census outreach including education, outreach, and direct assistance focused on hard-to-count communities. General operating grants will not be accepted. Grant awards may range from $5,000-$20,000. The review committee will consider (on a case-by-case basis) larger grants for comprehensive coordinated proposals for applicants that seek to work in multiple jurisdictions.

The Resilience Fund

For our 2019 giving round, The Resilience Fund welcomes proposals from organizations who are responding to changes in federal policy and budget priorities impacting the Greater Washington region. Grant awards may range from $10,000-$30,000. The Resilience Fund will support program and project grants only.

Sharing Montgomery

The Sharing Montgomery Fund provides grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with programs or services which directly serve low-income children, youth, adults, families, and/or seniors living in Montgomery County. Specifically, Sharing Montgomery has three priority focus-areas: safety-net, education, and workforce development. Grant awards may range from $5,000-$10,000 for special projects, programs, or continuation funding, including general operating support.


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:

Summer 2019

Now Open

Fall 2019

RFP Opens: August 19, 2019

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


Gifts Online 101 Webinar for Applicants


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions