Mission: The community foundation is dedicated to connecting people who care with causes that matter to enrich the quality of life in frederick county now and for future generations.
Programs: The community foundation is one of frederick county's largest providers of scholarships to individuals pursuing post-secondary education, which includes two and four year colleges and universities as well as trade schools. Scholars' ages are 17 and up, as some scholarships are specifically for non-traditional students. Scholarships are available for almost any area of study, some do not consider financial need as criteria, and some are renewable for one or more years. In addition, separate music and dance scholarships for youth ages 6 to 17 are provided for continuing education in voice, instrumental, and dance instruction. Athletic scholarships for youth ages 11 to 18 (grades 6-12) are also provided.
the community foundation provides discretionary and designated grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that are charitable, educational, scientific, literary or faith-based in purpose. The discretionary grants involve a grant application process; nonprofit organizations must describe the program for which they are requesting support and must demonstrate how the grant will not only help achieve their goals, but how the grant will positively impact the community. Final reports from each organization ensure accountability. The designated grants are disbursed annually to nonprofit organizations as specified by the donor's fund agreement, providing the organization meets the 501(c)(3)requirement and is in good standing. Grants support health, human services, the arts, environment, historic preservation, animal welfare, education, youth programs, civic causes, elder care causes, faith-based programs, and community programs.