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Building Strong Children, Families, and Communities

In partnership with donors, CFAAC is building a permanent endowment whose earnings will be reinvested in the community year after year. As the endowment grows, so does our ability to provide support for essential community efforts.

CFAAC distributed nearly $3 million dollars in grants last year to a variety of nonprofit organizations, making us the largest institutional funder of nonprofits in Anne Arundel County.

CFAAC Grant Opportunities

Women and Girls Fund: Grants from the Women and Girls Fund will be used to support nonprofits that help women and girls pursue positive, productive lives by helping remove barriers for women and girls, increase their economic security, enhance their well-being and safety, and empower them to make positive life decisions for themselves and their families. Learn more about the Women and Girls Fund.
Application Open: August 15, 2021 | Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $3,000 to $5,000 | Awards in October 2021.

Environment Anne Arundel Fund: Grants from the Environment Anne Arundel Fund will be used to support Anne Arundel County nonprofit organizations working to protect and improve the environment in Anne Arundel County and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about the Environment Anne Arundel Fund. 
Application Open: August 15, 2021 | Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $3,000 to $5,000 | Awards in October 2021.

Grants 4 Teachers: Grants 4 Teachers funds highly creative ideas that otherwise would be impossible to implement in the classroom due to school system funding constraints. We want to help fund teachers' creative ideas to stimulate and inspire our students’ learning. Learn more about Grants 4 Teachers.
Application Open: September 20, 2021 | Deadline: October 29, 2021 | Award Size: $100 to $500 | Awards in December 2021.

Help Our Neighbors (HON) Fund: CFAAC provides grants to local nonprofits that assist individuals and families in need by providing emergency assistance, such as covering immediate living expenses like paying rent to prevent eviction, utilities to prevent shut-off, fees for transportation to work or car repair, or for essential medication and medical care to return to or maintain their health. Learn more about Help Our Neighbors.
Application Open: September 27, 2021 | Deadline: November 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: Maximum $2,500 | Awards in November/December 2021.

Fund for Anne Arundel: The Fund for Anne Arundel was created to help meet critical needs and improve the quality of life for all county residents, now and in the future. In 2021, the Fund for Anne Arundel will make grants to programs that prioritize the health of children and families. This includes access to physical, mental, and behavioral health programs.  Learn more about Fund For Anne Arundel.
Application Open: February 15, 2021 | Deadline: April 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $25,000 to $50,000 | Awards in May 2021.

Community Crisis Response Fund: The Community Crisis Response Fund was established to provide flexible financial assistance to Anne Arundel County nonprofits immediately following a violent incident, natural disaster or other crisis in our community. For this phase of grantmaking, grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide human services and emergency assistance, as well as health/mental health and educational resources. Also included will be funding for advocacy and/or community organizing projects focused on improving systems for food security, violence prevention, medical care access, childcare, and education. Learn more about the Community Crisis Response Fund.
Application Opens: February 8, 2021 | Deadline: March 12, 2021 | Award Size: Maximum $2,500 to $20,000  | Awards in April 2021.

Donor Directed Grants

More than half of CFAAC's grant dollars awarded each year are at the recommendation of donors, through Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, and Scholarships. Our knowledgeable staff assists donors in making informed decisions about the organizations and projects that best match their philanthropic goals.

For more information about any of our grant programs and opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our staff at 410.280.1102