Frederick County Awards 33 Non-Profits $1.2-Million In Grants

The money will provide some financial leverage to these organizations as they carry out their missions.

Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Community Partnership Grant program has awarded $1.2 million to 33 local non-profits for fiscal year 2025.

County Executive Jessica Fitzwater says these organizations applied for these grants, and their applications were judged on certain criteria.

She says a lot can be accomplished by these non-profits when the county provides them with some financial support. “These grants make a significant difference to people in our community, allow us to leverage our efforts so together we can make a bigger difference and go a long way toward making sure that everyone can be successful and reach their full potential,” she says.

During a public information briefing on Tuesday, Fitzwater said these grants support one of five priorities: Housing Initiatives, Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity; Quality of Life, Health and Human Services; and support the Arts and the Creative Economy.

She said these non-profits provide such as services as “provide food to school children who otherwise would not have meals on weekends and during school breaks; life skills for youth who are experiencing homelessness; medical and dental care and lifesaving prescription medications for people who cannot afford the care that they need; resources for families displaced by house fires.”

County Executive Fitzwater says the Community Partnership Grant program can help save tax dollars through early intervention and prevention. “For example, it costs less to prevent homelessness with rental assistance then it costs to transition a family from homelessness to permanent housing. The same is true with health care. Preventative health care is more effective than providing emergency health services,”; she says.

Local non-profits submitted 54 applications for Community Partnership Grants for fiscal year 2025. Each application was judged by review panel which offered its recommendations to the County Executive.

The organizations that received grants were Advocates for Homeless Families; Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) for Frederick County; The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs; Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc.; Interfaith Housing Alliance; the American Red Cross; Blessings in a Backpack Frederick  Chapter; Crossed Bridges, Inc,; Daybreak Adult Daycare Services, Inc; Hope Connections for Cancer Support; On Our Own of Frederick County, Inc,.: Phoenix Foundation of Maryland; Safe Ride Coalition; Second Chances Garage, Inc,; Seton Center; Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland, Inc; the Frederick Center; The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick’; Whole  Heart Grief and Loss Resource Center; Centro de Hispano de Frederick; City Youth Matrix; Federated Charities, serving as fiscal sponsor for Mobilize Frederick; Legal Aid Bureau, Inc, Frederick Legal Aid; Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc; Mission of Mercy; The Delaplaine Arts Center; Women to Woman Mentoring (W2WM); African-American Resources-Cultural and Heritage Society; Endangered Species theatre project; Maryland Ensemble Theatre; and the Global Z Recording Project.

By Kevin McManus