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Help Our Neighbors

Assisting Individuals and Families in Need

In response to significant increases in calls for urgent assistance for basic human needs, the Help Our Neighbors Fund has provided more than $67,000 in grants since 2008 to local nonprofits that assist individuals and families in need.

Grants have been made to a number of local agencies including Food Link, First Baptist Church, SCAN, SPAN, Annapolis Area Ministries, St. James Parish and Arundel House of Hope.  These agencies report helping hundreds of people by paying for important expenses like rent and utilities enabling their clients to stay in their homes and keep warm or cool; pay fees for licenses and certification or transportation to work; pay for essential medication and medical care to return to or maintain their health.

Recently HOPE for All has experienced a number of difficult referrals and requests due to domestic violence, family reunification, and child protective service requests. Without the funds we received from CFAAC - beds, linens, and other essential items could not have been provided to these families, and in some cases families would not have been able to stay together. We need more funders like CFAAC as situations like these continue to increase. Thank you CFAAC! - Leo Zerhusen, Co-Founder, HOPE For All

Grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations on a rolling basis. Grants requests will be reviewed within 14-21 business days. Depending on the availability of funds, an organization may apply for a grant subsequent grant after sufficiently documenting the disbursements from the previous grant. To apply, an organization must be a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code (which includes churches) and be able to provide evidence of that designation. The organization must be located in and providing services for residents of Anne Arundel County. Completed applications should be emailed in PDF format to Amy Francis at