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County Executive Community Support Grants July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

FY15 Grant Application Process and Guidelines
Please review instructions thoroughly before starting your application. Incomplete applications or submissions not received by deadline will not be considered for funding.
The Office of the County Executive offers a limited amount of funding available to nonprofit organizations through an annual grant application process. These 501(c)3 organizations may apply for capital and non-capital community support grants.
Capital Grants:
Capital Grants provide funds to non-profit organizations to purchase equipment and related supplies, or to make capital improvements (renovation, remodeling, restoration, or new construction of buildings.)
Non-Capital Grants:
Non-Capital Grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations to help build up their capacity, increase their impact and operate more efficiently and effectively to improve and enrich the general quality of life in the community.
Community Support Grants are made once a year for a one-year period. Grantee organizations must re-apply each year and for up to a maximum of three years. A grantee who has received funding for three consecutive years must take a one-year “break” to be eligible for reapplication in a subsequent year.
Although Community Support Grants provide general operating and program-specific support, preference will be given to projects/programs, rather than operating expenses.
GRANT CRITERIA/ ELIGIBILITY:
The Office of the County Executive will consider organizations that:
  • Are registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit organizations;
  • Offer programs to Anne Arundel County residents;
  • Have an operational history of at least one year;
  • Have an established and working Board of Directors;
  • Have filed IRS Form 990 and/or audited financials.
GRANT PRIORITIES
The Office of the County Executive is particularly interested in organizations that:
  • Address the critical needs of underserved communities with a focus area on food, shelter, and mental health;
  • Provide programs with the intention of helping individuals and families to move towards self-sufficiency;
  • Engage in partnerships with other community organizations and stake holders;
  • Have quantifiable outcomes;
  • Provide reasonable plans for continuing activities without Anne Arundel County financial assistance beyond the fiscal year;
  • Represent a cooperative effort by the applicant, the community, and other public/private partners;
  • Provide activities that will help county residents access services that sustain and enhance the quality of life and are equitable, effective, accountable, and responsible to changing community needs;
  • Have in place a Conflict of Interest policy.
INFORMATION FOR CURRENT GRANTEES: 
  • Current grantees may reapply for programs currently funded but will only be considered if they demonstrate substantial progress towards success by the grant application due date.
  • Grants are awarded for 12-month periods. Current grantees may reapply for the next cycle once all reporting requirements have been fulfilled.
  • Grant awards to returning grantees are contingent on the timely submission of reporting required by the Grants Office on prior grants.
  • Funding is provided in accordance with the county’s available annual budget. Grant funding is determined annually, therefore there is no guarantee that an organization will be funded the following year.
  • Grantees should not assume that approval of grant implies commitment of ongoing future support.
NOTIFICATION: 
  • Grant Award Notification Date is June 1, 2014.
  • Organizations will be notified in writing of all grant decisions.
  • If a grant is awarded, an Award letter will be sent.
  • If grant request is declined, the organization may reapply the following year.
FY15 Grant Term: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015
When to apply: Thursday, October 31, 2013 to Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by 12:00 noon.
Request for Proposal (RFP) and required copies must be completed, signed (with original signatures) and mailed/carried to the Office of the County Executive, Grants Administrator and postmarked by 12:00 noon on the due date.
Grant Review Process Timeline:
October: Community Support Grants open for submission.
November: Deadline for Request for Proposals.
March: Grant Selection by Grant Review Team.
May: Final recommendations submitted by County Executive to County Council for review/approval.
June: Grant awards announced on June 1.
July: Recipients receive an Award Letter clearly defining expectations of the grant distribution process. A grant agreement is issued to awarded organization.
Grant Writing Seminars/Resources:
Non-Profit Leadership Development at AACC
410-777-2325
www.aacc.edu
Contact: Anita Ramundo, ahramundo@aacc.edu
Annapolis Cooperating Collection
410-222-1750
Ann.cooperating.collection@gmail.com
Community Foundation of AACo
410-280-1102
www.cfaac.org
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
410-727-6367
Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center
410-396-5320
Questions?
Please contact: 
For Questions please contact Maria Casasco, Grants Administrator at (410) 222-1879 or view the Grant Application FAQs
 

 


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