General Grant

General Grant


Applicants who wish to apply for a grant award that does not fit into other specific Foundation grant programs may apply for a General Grant. The request must fit the Foundation's guidelines.

General Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis for review by the Trustees.

Only organizations located in Frederick County, Maryland, or serving Frederick County residents are eligible to receive a General Grant.

Grants may be awarded with or without a challenge matching funds component. Please review the information below to determine if your request fits the Foundation's criteria.

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General Grants

General Grants are awarded to fund costs associated with operating an organization, and/or developing, implementing, and/or maintaining a project or program. Operating costs include the fixed and variable expenses of the organization. Program costs include expenses associated with the services related to the organization's mission. Project costs include expenses associated with a specific activity that moves the organization's mission forward.

General Grants may be awarded with or without a challenge matching funds component.

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General Grants with a Challenge Match Funds Component

General Grants with a challenge matching fund component are awarded to cover program, project, and operating costs as defined above. General Grants with a match component require matching funds to be raised within the grant-award period. Foundation funds are distributed after the matching funds are raised and justified.

The goal of the general challenge matching funds component grant is to encourage others to give. In particular, the goal of the award is to encourage board members to support the organization and to tease out new donors and contributions to the organization. Organizations may have a limited time in which to raise matching funds as well as a limited funding pool (e.g., in-kind and government funding cannot count toward matching funds). Funding from other Foundations may not count toward the grant. Ausherman Family Foundation Trustees set the matching funds' parameters.

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Areas of Interest

The Ausherman Family Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that fit into the following defined Areas of Interest:

  • Children, Youth, & Families

    Organizations or programs that provide enrichment and increased opportunity to children and youth as well as organizations or programs that strengthen families. Programs and activities included are scouting, mentorships, youth leadership, youth community service clubs and job training, parent engagement, education, college access, academic enrichment, and arts activities.

  • Health & Human Services

    Programs and services that provide basic welfare to help individuals, families, and communities to prevent, alleviate, or better cope with crisis, change, and stress. Human Services include the following sub-categories: crime and delinquency prevention, legal services, employment/jobs, food, housing/shelter, and women's issues.

    This area of interest also includes treatment and rehabilitative programs relating to physical and mental health. Health programs and services include but are not limited to the following sub-categories: mental health and crisis intervention, diseases, disorders and related medical disciplines, nutrition, and dental care.

  • Arts & Culture

    Organizations or activities that promote enjoyment or understanding of the visual, performing, folk, or media arts, communication organizations (film, video, publishing, journalism, radio, television), and organizations or activities that promote the appreciation or understanding of historical events. Included are services to artists, performers, entertainers, or writers, art and performing art schools, centers, studios, and historical societies and museums.

  • Public/Society Benefit

    Organizations or programs that contribute to the public good and benefit society including, but not limited to, the following sub-categories: beautifying public spaces, civic organizations and institutions, community/neighborhood development and improvement, and philanthropy, voluntarism, and grant-making foundations.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • The organization must fall into one of areas of interest funded by the Foundation.
  • To be considered for a General Grant, the nonprofit organization must be physically located in Frederick County, Maryland, and provide services to Frederick County residents.
  • Organizations located outside of Frederick County, Maryland, will be considered for funding only if services are provided to Frederick County, Maryland, residents.
  • If an organization is physically located outside of Frederick County, Maryland, only the costs of the programs or projects associated with the services provided to Frederick County, Maryland, residents will be considered for funding.

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Areas of Interest NOT Funded

The Ausherman Family Foundation does not fund the following areas:

  • Animals or Animal Organizations
  • Athletics, Leisure, Recreation
  • Environment
  • Areas considered government responsibility
  • Charter schools
  • Private Schools
  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Public Safety, disaster preparedness, and relief
  • Political support
  • Christian Missions
  • International Projects
  • Grant requests of less than $2,500

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Further Guidelines

  1. Grant requests should outline realistic dollar amounts, backed by documentation, and a clear description of the need for funding.

  2. Grant requests of less than $2,500 will not be considered.

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Grant Cycles

The General Grant Program never closes. As such, there is no application deadline. Applicants are eligible to receive one General Grant per 12-month period.

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How to Apply

Organizations that wish to submit a request for the General Grants Program are asked to first send an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to the Ausherman Family Foundation. 

Preview our LOI , or submit an LOI by clicking on: Grant Process.

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Review Process

  1. The Ausherman Family Foundation’s Director reviews the Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

  2. Grant seekers receive an email response from the Director that their LOI has been received. AFF staff may contact you by phone or by email requesting additional information.

  3. The Executive Committee reviews the LOI and determines if a full application should be completed and reviewed by the full Board of Trustees.

  4. If the LOI is approved for full Board of Trustee review, the Grant Seeker is directed to access the grant application site and complete a formal grant application.

  5. Your application will be reviewed and voted upon by the Trustees.

  6. The Director will inform you of the Trustees decision.

  7. Grant recipients sign a Grant Covenant/Agreement and submit grant report(s) as detailed in the Covenant.

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How to Complete a Follow-Up Report

To access our online grant process, go to Submit Follow-up Report.

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Contact Information

If you have questions after reviewing the information above or trouble accessing the online grant process, contact Leigh Adams, Director, by calling 301-620-4443 or emailing

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