Grant Opportunities


If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Ausherman Family Foundation, please review all information in this area of the website to determine if your organization is eligible and that you understand the two-part application process. Grant seekers first submit a Letter of Inquiry. If the grant request fits the Foundation's criteria and the Trustees are interested, the Grant Seeker will be asked to submit a formal grant application.

Only Letters of Inquiry and formal Grant Applications submitted online will be considered for funding.

Preview our Letter of Inquiry.

Deadlines for Capacity Building Grant Letters of Inquiry are January 15 and July 15. Organizations can only be awarded one Capacity Building Grant in a 12-month period.

General Grants do not have a closing date. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time. It can take two to four months for the grant cycle to complete. Organizations can only be awarded one General Grant in a 12-month period.

The Focus Grant Initiative grant process may be accessed by invitation only. Invitations are extended by the Ausherman Family Foundation Trustees in letter format.

What We Fund

  • 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, 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.

What We Don't Fund

  • Animals or Animal Organizations

  • Athletics, Leisure, Recreation

  • Environment

  • Areas considered government responsibility

  • Schools, including private, charter, or Frederick County Public Schools

  • Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief

  • Individuals, including Political Support

  • Christian Missions

  • International Projects

  • Grant requests of less than $2,500

Saving Time

In order to save our applicants time when completing an LOI or Application, AFF has implemented GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G). If your organization has claimed their profile on GuideStar and completed fields on their GuideStar profile, you may be able to automatically fill in fields in our forms with just a couple clicks of a button.

After clicking the Apply button, simply click the Copy GuideStar Profile button in the upper right corner and a table of available questions will open. Choose any or all of those questions by checking the boxes next to them, and those fields will automatically populate. You will be able to modify these answers if you would like to add or change any of this information. If you do update your answers in our form, be aware that this does not update your GuideStar profile.

Note Other funders are in the process of implementing G4G, so keeping your GuideStar profile up to date may save you time in applying for grants from multiple funders.