Ausherman Family Foundation 2018 Capacity Building Grant Cycle 1 Open

Capacity Building Grant Cycle Opens December 1

Foundation Now Accepting Nonprofit Organizations’ Letters of Inquiry

The Ausherman Family Foundation’s (AFF) Trustees announced their Capacity Building Grant Cycle will open

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.

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.

Examples of capacity building projects include:

Planning activities: e.g., organizational assessments, strategic planning, fund raising assessment and development, program evaluations, communications/ marketing, or business planning.

Board and leadership development: may include activities such as leadership training, defining the role of the board, strengthening governance, assistance with executive transition, succession, and search process.

Strategic Relationships: providing technical assistance / consultant support to help two or more organizations work through collaboration and strategic restructuring; positioning for merger or affiliation; or business planning for social enterprise.

Internal operations: improvements to financial management, internal controls and chart of accounts, human resource or volunteer management; or facility planning.

Technology Improvements: IT capacity through upgrades to hardware and software, networking, websites, and staff training to optimize the use of technology.


Helping great Frederick nonprofits to become even better has proven to benefit our entire community, particularly those most in need,” said Leigh Adams, AFF Director. “Their passion for change is infectious and it's been an honor to support them in their efforts in making a difference." To date, the Foundation has worked with dozens of nonprofits in the community in the areas of: Children, Youth, & Families; Health & Human Services; Arts & Culture; and Public/Society Benefit.

Recently, AFF awarded a Capacity Building Grant to SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership) to assist with an outdated website that reduced productivity. The grant resulted in SHIP upgrading their website, allowing for more efficient communication with fellow supporters, volunteers and donors. "SHIP's new website, funded by the Ausherman Family Foundation, has given us the expanded ability to solicit and secure new volunteers who will assist SHIP in the fulfillment of our mission to help the hundreds of FCPS students experiencing homelessness each year" said Ed Hinde, Executive Director.



Capacity Grant funding is capped at $25,000.


Additional information about eligibility criteria and specific application procedures can be found on the Foundation’s website:



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.