The Community Foundation of Washington County MD was established as a permanent and growing philanthropic vehicle for charitably minded people and corporations to contribute financial resources that enrich the community’s quality of life. Income from our various funds offers financial support, in the form of grants, allowing us to meet current needs and prepare for the future. We support a wide-range of qualified nonprofit organizations and causes, primarily in Washington County, Maryland. Our grant making objectives include:

  • Support creative, focused, results-oriented responses to existing or emerging community challenges
  • Reward efforts that recognize and build on community strengths and assets
  • Improve the effectiveness and build the capacity of Washington County’s nonprofit organizations
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among community organizations

We offer the following granting programs: Responsive Grants, the Mary K. Bowman Fine Arts Fund, the Forward Funding Challenge, the Women’s Giving Circle Fund and FANS Fund. Additionally, we facilitate work to meet the charitable goals of individual donors through donor-advised funds and scholarships.

The 2024 Responsive Grants are focused on the development of a stronger community through high impact programs and initiatives that promote the health and well-being of the children in our community.

Applicant organizations must be based in and primarily serving Washington County, Maryland, and have a current 501(c) (3) determination from the IRS. Organizations may apply for funding for more than one program; however, each program requires a separate grant application. The Community Foundation of Washington County MD does not fund endowment growth or capital campaigns. Grant requests for operating funds may be considered on a case by case basis provided the applicant organization makes a compelling case for such funding.

What We Do Not Fund
The Community Foundation usually will NOT approve grant requests for:

  • Funding annual operating expenses
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Projects that would ordinarily receive public tax support
  • Sectarian religious programs
  • Political activities or organizations
  • Special fundraising events/celebration functions
  • Scholarships or financial assistance for grades K-12
  • Deficit retirement
  • Capital campaigns
  • Any organization whose board of directors or programs are not primarily based in Washington County, MD

We review each application for completeness, clarity and eligibility. Then the Foundation’s Grants Committee evaluates the applications and directs grant money to specific nonprofit organizations with final approval from the board of trustees.

The Community Foundation makes financial commitments only one year at a time. Please direct any questions concerning grants to Sarah Burge, Director of Community Impact and Donor Engagement or Susan Buchanan, Community Impact Manager, at 301-745-5210.

The Community Foundation presented its 2024 Responsive Grants to 27 local nonprofits, totaling $245,320. The grants committee selected Washington County nonprofits and programs focused on the development of a stronger community through high impact programs and initiatives that promote the health and well-being of the children in our community.

Resources for the Responsive Grants come from the growth and earnings of established Community Funds at the Foundation as well as a partnership with the Pauline Anderson Foundation. The Community Foundation presented grants to the following programs:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County: $5,000 to support the Little Leadership Academy Group Mentoring Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Washington County: $25,000 to support Academic Success and SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
  • CASA of Western Maryland: $3,800 to support the Career Readiness Fair
  • Children In Need, Inc.: $6,000 to support Client Monthly Visits and Extended Services Programs
  • Children’s Village of Washington County, Inc.: $4,500 to support the Kids Alive Open House
  • Civil Air Patrol Hagerstown Composite Squadron: $2,500 to support Physical Training and Development
  • Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc.: $2,400 to support Discover Coding
  • Federal Little League: $5,000 to support the Federal Little League Three Year Tee ball Program
  • Gatekeepers Corporation: $5,200 to support the Business of Living Positive Parenting Classes
  • Girls Inc. of Washington County: $10,000 to support Girls Inc. Tutoring
  • Girls on the Run of Mid & Western Maryland: $5,000 to support Girls on the Run
  • Horizon Goodwill Industries, Inc.: $25,000 to support the Young Adult Solution Center and Housing Program
  • Hospice of Washington County, Inc.: $3,000 to support DoveTales Grief Camp
  • Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock, Maryland, Inc.: $5,000 to support Digitally Included Kids
  • It’s A Blessing to be A Blessing: $5,000 to support the It’s a Blessing After School Feeding Program
  • Conococheague Little League: $7,500 to support Player Equipment and necessary playing field improvements
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra: $6,000 to support the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Side by Side Youth Concerts
  • Potomac Case Management Services, Inc. dba Potomac Community Services: $10,000 to support Mental Health Care Coordination for Children and Youth (MHCC)
  • Reach of Washington County: $10,000 to support Reach’s Client Assistance
  • Robert W. Johnson Community Center: $25,000 to support the Summer Youth Enrichment Program
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Club: $10,000 to support the Salvation Army Red Shield Club Summer Camp Program
  • San Mar Family & Community Services: $7,500 to support Removing Barriers to Mental Health Access
  • Shepherd’s Spring, Inc.: $10,000 to support Local to Global (L2G)
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace: $7,130 to support Building a Better Future: Providing Beds to Kids in Need
  • The Arc of Washington County: $25,000 to support the Children’s Program Multisensory Room
  • The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission: $4,790 to support Camp Wild
  • United Way of Washington County, MD, Inc.: $10,000 to support United Way Student Hygiene Pantries