AFF 2019 Capacity Building Grant Cycle 1 Open

2019 Capacity Building Grant Cycle 1 Open

Foundation Now Accepting Nonprofit Organizations’ Letters of Inquiry


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The Ausherman Family Foundation's (AFF) Trustees announced the 2019 Capacity Building Grant Cycle 1 is now open. Eligible nonprofit organizations whose staff and board members are committed to growing the organization’s capacity to reach new levels of effectiveness may applyTo be considered for funding, interested organizations should submit an online Letter of Inquiry by January 15, 2019 before midnight. Only inquires 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, fundraising 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.

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.