Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds communicate a donor’s preference to provide support to initiatives within an area of special interest, such as the arts, education or a specific demographic.
Funds that are currently accepting applications are identified below by a blue font that links to the application

Abused and Neglected Children of Washington County Fund
This fund shall provide financial support for organizations providing services for abused and neglected children in Washington County, MD.

The Bella Appel Children’s Fund
This fund shall provide support to current initiatives that support children and child welfare.

David Cecil and Greta Ann Baker Fund
This fund shall support current initiatives in the areas of community ministry in pastoral care and counseling.

Kevin Barkdoll Livestock Memorial Fund
In memory of Kevin, this fund will provide financial support for current initiatives that support area(s) of Agriculture, FFA and/or 4-H.

Adam R. Barnhart Inclusive Athlete Fund
Created in memory of Adam R. Barnhart, this fund shall provide financial support for current initiatives that support areas of participation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in inclusive, competitive athletics.

Deborah K. Barron Music of the Heart Fund
A field of interest fund created in memory of Deborah Barron, in honor of her love for music. This fund will support charitable interests in the areas of music appreciation, education and performance.

Gordon and Janet Bartels Learning Garden Project
Created by Janet Bartels in memory of her husband, Gordon, provides financial support to sustainable community garden projects in Hagerstown, with preference given to downtown neighborhoods.

Mildred R. Beckley South Hagerstown High School Educational Fund
An endowed field of interest fund in honor of Mildred R. Beckley established to provide financial support for current initiatives at South Hagerstown High School for student scholarships and educational programming.

Steven L. Bitner Memorial Preservation Fund
Ths fund provides financial support for current initiatives that support  area(s) of environmental, natural resources, sustainability and parks and recreation.

Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund
This fund provides financial support for current charitable and educational initiatives that preserve and maintain historical and cultural properties in Washington County.

Laird Bush Fund for Music Education
Created to honor Laird’s legacies of music and compassion for others.

Elizabeth C. and J. Allen Clopper Fund for Children
Provides financial support to organizations, programs and activities benefiting the children of Washington County with weighted consideration given to Clear Spring Library’s Children’s programs.

Mary Frances Ellis Family Foundation Fund
The purpose of this fund shall be to provide support to organizations that address initiatives that support physical and mental health and well-being.   

The Andrew Bryan Farnen Fund for the Arts, Mathematics, and Technology
In memory of Andrew, this fund offers support to charitable initiatives serving gifted and talented youth. Grants will be made to help students explore their passion through the purchase of musical instruments, art supplies, computers, books, experiences and other educational materials.

Henry Atwell Finn Fund
To honor the short life of Henry Atwell Finn and provide financial support for research and education related to infant and toddler death.

John & Janice Frye Educational Fund
This fund will provide financial assistance to current initiatives supporting education and educational programs at Brownsville Church of the Brethren and Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

Carl D. & Rose Marie Gearhart Field of Interest Fund
This fund will provide financial support for current initiatives that support Washington County agriculture and 4-H.

Judy Greenwald Fund
This endowed, field of interest fund provides financial support for current initiatives that epitomize Judy’s charitable interests throughout her life.

Boomer Harsh Memorial Fund
This fund aims to provide scholarships to Washington County students graduating from public school with preference given to Williamsport High School graduates. Ideal recipients should participate in school golf and/or tennis teams and be pursuing post-secondary education in veterinary medicine/science, hoping to become a vet tech or work in an animal-studies related program.

Hagerstown Civil War Round Table Endowment Fund
Founded by the Hagerstown Civil War Round Table to provide financial support for current initiatives of the Hagerstown Civil War Round Table.

Hagerstown Washington County Industrial Foundation Endowment Fund
Established to provide support for the organization’s mission in promoting economic development, community betterment and workforce enhancement.

Hancock Community Fund
An endowment providing financial support to charitable initiatives in the Hancock area.

Jan & Janet Huffman Family Foundation
This fund shall provide financial support for current initiatives that support areas of faith, family, forestry, and animal care.

Legacy Award for Black Excellence
This award will support educational costs and programming, including certification costs, for an African American Washington County resident who demonstrates leadership qualities.

Dee Dee Lobley Memorial Fund
This fund shall provided financial support for two areas of interest: an annual scholarship or continuing education assistance for health care providers or students specializing in oncology; and/or grants to qualifying organizations treating those with cancer.

Medical Research Fund
Established to support research conducted in Washington County by Dr. Mary Money for a cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Memorial Park Provisional Fund
In memory of James Alphin to support his vision of a park in the north end of Hagerstown.

George R. Moore Wildlife Preservation Fund
Mr. Moore’s estate created this fund to support organizations working to preserve wildlife in Washington County, MD.
DEADLINE: September 1, 11:59pm

Maxwell “Max” Niessner Suicide Prevention and Awareness Fund
Jim and Pam Niessner created this fund in memory of their son to provide education and awareness for the prevention of suicide to help other families not endure such a loss. In 2015, gifts were made to this fund in memory of Adam Tagg.

Nigh Family Foundation Fund
Established to support the charitable interests of the Nigh Family.

Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors
This field of interest fund will support the promotion of real estate issues and home ownership in Washington and Franklin Counties.

Peyton’s Promise Fund
Created in memory of Peyton Swope, this fund will provide students with musical instruments or instrumental needs in Washington County Public Schools.

Ross H. Rhoads At-Risk Youth Fund
Created with a gift from Ross H. Rhoads to promote programs supporting at-risk youth.

Jack Roberts Field of Interest Fund                                                                                                                             
This fund will provide support for current initiatives that support the areas of adolescent and young adult mental health and suicide prevention.

South County Fund
This field of interest fund currently operates as a scholarship awarding a student graduating from Boonsboro High School.

Todd and Tina Snook Endowed Fund
This fund will support areas of food insecurity, drug prevention/recovery and the community’s youth.

Deborah Dutton Spickler Memorial Fund
An endowed, field of interest fund established in memory of Ms. Spickler with memorial gifts following her father’s death.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund
This fund provides financial support for current initiatives that address teen pregnancy prevention and unsafe sexual practices of teens in Washington County, MD.

Together With Families Fund
This fund was created in honor of Carrol Lourie, 2020 People’s Choice Award winner, to support local programs that promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments where children live, learn and play and which promote the stability of children and families at risk of poverty, abuse, and neglect. Since then, the fund has grown through the generous contribution of funds from Washington County 501(c)(3) Together With Families. Such programs this fund supports include:
– Physiological needs (housing, food, clothing & medical)
– Mental health needs (services & medications)
– Educational needs (books, materials, supplies, tutoring services, GED materials, & graduation requirements or needs)
– Transportation (gas, bus vouchers, ride sharing and taxi services, car repairs or maintenance)
– Work-related needs (daycare & dress clothing)
– Connection & support needs (phone & electronic devices)

Tootie’s Token
This fund was created in memory of Tykerria “Tootie” Dawson”. This award will support the educational, physical and emotional needs of students of Antietam Academy.

Trails and Rails Fund
The purpose of this fund is to support, maintain, develop, create, build or preserve walking trials, primarily those built on former railroad right-of-ways with and emphasis on those previously owned/used by the Western Maryland Railway.  The fund may also be used to support railroad related museums, including model railroad museums, in their mission to preserve local Western Maryland or regional heritage and educate future generations about the history of railroads.

Washington County Bar Association Fund
This field of interest fund, currently operating as a scholarship, will make two annual awards to qualifying high school, home school, parochial school, college or technical school students that plan to pursue or are pursuing a legal or paralegal certificate or degree. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of academic success and a commitment to community service. Graduate students may apply.

Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation Fund
A non-endowed, donor-advised fund that provides financial support for current initiatives of WCPS.

Gene Wiles Memorial Fund
In memory of Gene Wiles, this fund provides financial support in the form of an annual grant through a qualifying organization to support a young adult from Washington County, MD, or the surrounding area, pursuing an agricultural endeavor.

The Women’s Giving Circle Fund
An endowed, donor-advised fund created and advised by sustaining members of the Giving Circle to promote and support programs and services that improve the quality of life for women and their families in Washington County.

Young Philanthropists Fund
Established with a gift honoring the inaugural Rising Star Award recipient, this fund will provide financial support to initiatives and programs that promote the charitable interests of young philanthropists in Washington County. Rising Star Award winners include Brenna Bacon Ranieli, Heather Guessford, Kelsi Palmer, Sam Buhrman, Cort Meinelschmidt and Kandace Carpenter.