Funding Opportunity: Capacity Building Grants for Frederick-County Nonprofits

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The Ausherman Family Foundation’s (AFF) Trustees announced their 2018 Capacity Building Grant Cycle 1 opened on December 1, 2017. Eligible nonprofit organizations whose staff and board members are committed to growing the organization’s capacity to reach new levels of effectiveness may apply. To be considered for funding, interested organizations should submit an online Letter of Inquiry by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2018. Only inquiries submitted online will be accepted.

According to AFF's press release, "Eligibility is limited to organizations that have been designated as 501(c)(3) nonprofits by the Internal Revenue Service and are located in Frederick County, Maryland. Organizations must have a healthy operating budget, as well as a strong board and executive leadership. A clearly defined mission statement and the commitment of time and resources to build capacity must be in place.

The AFF’s Capacity Building Grants will support opportunities to build infrastructure for a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit organizations. Capacity Building Grants will allow nonprofits to secure the professional and timely assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness."

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The Ausherman Family Foundation is a private foundation, established in 2006. The Trustees envision a thriving community of vibrant spaces and places, with a superior quality of life, and strong and collaborative nonprofit organizations. The Foundation’s mission is to empower the passion for change in Frederick County, Maryland. The Helen J. Serini Foundation partners with AFF on various projects throughout the year, but is in no way involved in these funding decisions. This opportunity is shared here as a courtesy.