Grant Guidelines

Applications for the next year must be submitted on or before NOVEMBER 1(In years where the 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, grants must be received the next Monday no later than 4:00pm.) Submissions are reviewed to make sure information is complete and from a qualifying organization. Your organization is eligible if it targets and supports significant needs of women and girls on the Mid-Shore and is a:

  • Non-profit – 501(c)3 organization;
  • Group or organization that intends to submit an application through a fiscal sponsor, i.e. a tax-exempt organization under the I.R.S. code 501(c)3 that agrees to accept funds on their behalf.

Emphasis is given to organizations and programs that:

  • Provide opportunities to develop personal self-esteem and self-sufficiency;
  • Enhance parenting skills to help build stronger families;
  • Develop life skills through education;
  • Provide role-model and mentoring support;
  • Work with other organizations to avoid duplication of services;
  • Have effective means of evaluating the success of a program;
  • Have a sound organizational sustainability plan.

Grants will NOT provide for:

  • Endowment, annual funds, or fundraising events;
  • Non-project specific advertising, publishing, or promotional material;
  • Organizations that do not directly or indirectly benefit women and/or girls in the Mid-Shore area;
  • Political campaigns or lobbying organizations;
  • Religious organizations, except as they provide services for nonsectarian purposes;
  • The benefit of an individual, such as for a scholarship, emergency hardship, or disaster relief.

Apply or Re-apply for a Grant

To apply or re-apply for a grant, submit a completed application to the address on the application, located below. The application is a Word document that can be completed on a computer or by hand.  To receive an application form by mail, call the office at 410-770-8347.

Eight 3-hole punched, unstapled copies of the application and supporting documents are required. (Sections may be paper clipped; No folders with fasteners, please.) The application must be delivered by mail or hand to the Women & Girls Fund office on or before November 1st at 4:00 pm.