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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

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.  Through a review of the most recent community needs assessment, the committee determined that the first focus area for grantmaking will support nonprofit organizations that offer programs that provide opportunities for the children of Anne Arundel County to be healthy, thriving and successful. Learn more about Fund For Anne Arundel.
Application Open: January 10, 2020 | Deadline: March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $25,000 to $50,000 | Awards in May 2020.

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. Due to the fast-emerging needs posed by the COVID-19 virus, the Community Crisis Response Fund will make single immediate-use grants to nonprofits addressing the increase in community needs and demand for services in the following impact areas: food and/or family support for basic human needs, or services to those facing homelessness or housing insecurity. Learn more about the Community Crisis Response Fund.
Cycle 1 Application Open: March 30, 2020 | Deadline: April 10, 2020 | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in April 2020.
Cycle 2 Application Open: April 22, 2020 | Deadline: May 1, 2020 | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in May 2020.
Cycle 3 Application Open: May 18, 2020 | Deadline: May 29, 2020 | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in June 2020.
Cycle 4 Application Open: June 22, 2020 | Deadline: July 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in July 2020.
Cycle 5 Application Open: August 3, 2020 | Deadline: August 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in August 2020.
Cycle 6 Application Open: September 7, 2020 | Deadline: September 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in September 2020.

Phase II - Community Crisis Response Fund: CARES ACT Funding: CFAAC, utilizing federal COVID-19 Relief CARES Act Funding from Anne Arundel County, is administering this grant program to provide financial assistance to eligible Anne Arundel County 501c3 nonprofit organizations that sustained a loss of income/revenue and/or an increase of expenses due to COVID-19 impacts on their operations and communities. Grant requests will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, until deadline or until the $1 million of funding has been awarded.  Learn more about Phase II - Community Crisis Response Fund: CARES ACT Funding
Ongoing Application Cycle Opens: November 12, 2020 | Deadline: December 15, 2020 | Award Size: Maximum $10,000  | Awards by December 2020.

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 1, 2020 | Deadline: September 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: Maximum $2,500 | Awards in October 2020.

Chaney Enterprises Foundation Fund: Chaney Enterprises supports the communities where the company does business and where the Chaney families and company employees live. Grants are given in the communities that align with the company’s market footprint and within the following priority giving areas: Education & Workforce, Environment, Health, Arts & Culture, and Safe Workplace. Learn more about Chaney Enterprises Foundation Fund.
Cycle 1 Application Open: February 1, 2020 | Deadline: March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: Maximum $10,000 to $50,000 | Awards in May 2020. Anne Arundel County nonprofits please apply during Grant Cycle 2. Grant Cycle 1 is open to nonprofits located and serving populations outside of Anne Arundel County.
Cycle 2 Application Open: July 1, 2020 | Deadline: August 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: Maximum $10,000 to $50,000 | Awards in October 2020.

Chaney Impact Fund: The vision for the Chaney Impact Fund is to “make the greatest sustainable impact we can in the communities in which we raise our families”. The mission of the Fund is to “nourish our community by supporting our youth as the foundation for building healthier neighborhoods, today and in the future”. 
The Chaney Impact Fund is not accepting grant applications in 2020. 

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 1, 2020 | Deadline: September 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $3,000 to $5,000

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 1, 2020 | Deadline: September 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $3,000 to $5,000

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: August 17, 2020 | Deadline: September 30, 2020 | Award Size: $100 to $500 | Awards in October 2020.

The Fund for Community Healing: The Fund for Community Healing was established in honor of the Capital Gazette newspaper employees and their families. Grants will be awarded in the following priority giving areas that pertain to community healing and crisis prevention: trauma counseling programs; crisis response, prevention, and/or intervention programs; mental and behavioral health programs; creating and/or maintaining a physical memorial to the victims of the Capital Gazette tragedy. Learn more about The Fund for Community Healing.
Application Open: October 1, 2020 | Deadline: November 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. | Award Size: $10,000 to $30,000 | Awards December 2020.

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