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FY16 County Executive Community Support Grants - July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Starting on October 29, 2014, the FY16 grant application forms can be downloaded from the county website.  Go to, select Highlighted Pages and select FY16 County Executive Community Support Grants.
NOTE: Downloading the Community Grant application requires the free adobe reader program. Once you fill out the form, click the “save” button, and print the form. The application can be filled out electronically, but cannot be submitted electronically. 
FY16 Capital Grant Application
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.)   
FY16 Non-Capital Grant Application
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.
Who can apply:  An organization that 1) operates a program for Anne Arundel County residents, 2) is a 501(c)3 entity as identified by the IRS, and 3) is in good standing with the State of Maryland. 
Deadline for Submission of Application
The application, all required supporting documentation, and five (5) copies must be POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN 12 noon, November 26, 2014
Mail the original application, all required supporting documents, and five (5) copies to:
Maria Casasco, Grants Administrator
Office of the County Executive
Community Support Grants-FY16
44 Calvert St, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401
FY16 Grant Applications will be available to be downloaded on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Office of the County Executive offers a limited amount of funding to non-profit organizations to meet the needs of Anne Arundel County residents. Through its Community Support Grant Program, the Office of the County Executive will consider applications for programs/projects designed to improve the quality of life of its residents and address the critical needs of vulnerable and underserved communities countywide.
Types of Grants

 Capital Grants provide funding 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 provide funding to non-profit 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. 

Although community support grants are awarded for general operating as well as program or project support, preference will be given to programs/projects, rather than operating expenses.
Funding Priorities

Priority will be given to organizations that:

♦  Provide food, shelter and behavioral health programs;

♦  Provide programs that assist individuals and families to move towards self-sufficiency;

♦  Reach a broad segment of the community;

♦  Engage in partnerships with other community organizations and stakeholders to provide more efficient approaches to solving community issues;

♦  Improve organizational efficiency;

♦  Produce quantifiable outcomes;

♦  Provide plans for continuing activities without financial assistance from Anne Arundel County beyond the fiscal year in which application is made;

♦  Provide activities that help county residents access services that sustain and enhance

their quality of life and assist with changing behaviors; and

♦  Have in place a Conflict of Interest policy. 

Grant Criteria/Eligibility

Grant applications must be directly related to Anne Arundel County. The Office of the County Executive will consider organizations that:

  • Are non-profit, tax-exempt, as defined under section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code;
  • Are in good standing with MD State Department of Assessment & Taxation (SDAT);
  • Offer programs/projects to Anne Arundel County residents only;
  • Have an operational history of at least one year;
  • Have an established and active Board of Directors with By-Laws; and
  • Have filed IRS Form 990 and/or have audited financials for FY15.
Funding Cycle
  • Funding is based on the availability of funds in the County’s annual budget and may vary from year to year; therefore, there is no guarantee that an organization will be funded the following year.
  • In most cases, there will be only one grant award per organization per fiscal year.
  • Grant applicants are encouraged to prepare for a three year cycle of funding. A grantee who has received funding for three consecutive years is encouraged to take a one-year “break” to be eligible for reapplication in a subsequent year. For example, if an organization is funded in the FY14, FY15 and FY16 cycles, that organization will be ineligible to apply again in FY17, but may submit an application in FY18.
  • Grantees should not assume that approval of a grant implies commitment of ongoing future support.
  • Organizations must submit proposals annually regardless of prior funding.
  • 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.
  • Grant awards to returning grantees are contingent on the timely submission of reporting requirements to the Grants office on prior funding.
Grant Review Criteria
Funding decisions are made based on, but not limited to, the following:
  • Primary program/project focus on food, shelter, and behavioral health;
  • History of compliance with reporting requirements from previously funded programs/projects;
  • Organization’s stability;
  • Demonstration of sound financial planning, management, and allocations of funds;
  • Community interest in and/or demonstrated need for program/project;
  • Program/project’s responsiveness to the needs of a broad segment of the population;
  • Accessibility of program/project to individuals with disabilities and the elderly; and
  • Completeness and clarity of grant application form.  
Grant Funding Amount
While there is no steadfast rule as to how much an applicant should request, you can view the breakdown of prior fiscal years’ grants on the county web, at Under Highlighted Pages, select FY16 County Executive Community Support Grants. Scroll down to Past Funded Organizations.
Notification of Grant

♦  Applicants will be notified of award by June 30, 2015.

♦  All applicants will be notified in writing of all grant decisions.

FY 2016 Grant Term
July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
When To Apply
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Applications available
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12 noon – Applications DUE
Application Deadline
  • Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
  • The original application, including all required supporting documents, must be fully completed, signed and mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of the County Executive, Grants Administrator, 44 Calvert Street, Fourth Floor, Annapolis, MD  21401. 
How to Apply

Beginning October 29, 2014, FY16 Capital and Non-Capital downloadable & fillable PDF grant application templates can be found on the county website Select Highlighted Pages, then select FY16 County Executive Community Support Grants. 

Grant Writing Seminars/Resources:
Non-Profit Leadership Development at AACC
Contact: Anita Ramundo,
Annapolis Cooperating Collection
Community Foundation of AACo
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center
Any Questions?
Please contact:
Maria Casasco
Grants Administrator
Community Support Grants
LDC Grants
Office of the County Executive 
Arundel Center
44 Calvert St. Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401


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