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Fund for Anne Arundel

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is pleased to announce the opening of its newest grant application cycle through the Fund for Anne Arundel, which continues its focus on healthy, thriving, successful children, by awarding grants to programs that address the needs of children and families. There are tremendous unmet needs that remain consistent in Anne Arundel County (AAC) as outlined in the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County’s (CFAAC) Community Needs Assessment, Poverty Amidst Plenty VII: Moving Forward Together. The Fund for Anne Arundel was established to align with the findings of the needs assessment report and to offer flexible and dynamic support to nonprofits doing vital work to address the most pressing needs of Anne Arundel County residents.

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History of the Fund for Anne Arundel

One of CFAAC’s primary goals is to increase the dollars that the foundation has available to strategically align grantmaking with the most critical needs in the county. The Fund for Anne Arundel is a fund created to help meet critical needs and improve the quality of life for all county residents, now and in the future.   

As federal, state, and local funding support for nonprofits continues to decline for countless reasons, individual donors and community foundations are being called on, now more than ever, to fill the gaps so that nonprofits can continue to provide essential community services.

In 2017, CFAAC was awarded a $300,000 Challenge Grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust to begin building the Fund for Anne Arundel. In 2018, CFAAC Board Trustee Jim Humphrey added another $150,000 to the challenge, which effectively turned this opportunity into a 3:1 match! Fueled by this matching challenge, CFAAC quickly raised over $600,000 to support the Fund for Anne Arundel. As of 2023, the Fund for Anne Arundel has raised $2.48 million. 

In the summer of 2019, a committee of community leaders and CFAAC Board of Trustee members and staff, convened to develop a strategic and comprehensive grantmaking approach to meet the needs of Anne Arundel County. 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 address the needs of children in Anne Arundel County.

Believing that CFAAC must focus on supporting nonprofit organizations that offer programs that provide opportunities for the children of Anne Arundel County to be healthy, thriving and successful; the Fund for Anne Arundel has narrowed its focus for grantmaking in 2020.

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Fund for Anne Arundel Grantmaking in 2024

In 2024, 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. Examples include, but are not limited to, programs that:

Grants will be considered for school-based or non-school-based programming, including summertime programs, with the intent to help close gaps both within and outside the school environment.

The Fund for Anne Arundel will award three to five twelve-month grants between $25,000 and $50,000. Successful grant applicants will demonstrate:

Programs for which the grant will apply must be used to serve only Anne Arundel County residents.  An organization may file only one application.  To be eligible to apply, organizations must also meet all of the following criteria:

2023 Fund for Anne Arundel grant recipients may apply in 2024, however, must demonstrate in their budget a 100% commitment of the funds awarded in the 2023 grant, and complete the final follow-up report.  If for some reason there are funds remaining from the 2023 Fund for Anne Arundel grant, the nonprofit must provide an explanation of what percentage is uncommitted and why, and the relation to the program for which you are applying in 2024.


QUESTIONS: See under Nonprofits/Grants, or Email/call / 410-280-1102 x 104.

Why Children? Their Success is Our Community’s Obligation.

​Anne Arundel County’s Children- Determined, Hopeful, Focused, Empowered

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is dedicated to working with donors who wish to make an impact through their philanthropic support. A gift made in support of the Fund for Anne Arundel will be combined with the generosity of others to have a true and lasting impact on the lives of children in Anne Arundel County. For additional information, contact Rosalind Calvin at or 410-280-1102 x104.