Capacity Building Grant Cycle Opens

Foundation Now Accepting Nonprofit Organization’s Letters of Inquiry

The Ausherman Family Foundation’s (AFF) Trustees announced their Capacity Building Grant Cycle is now open. Eligible nonprofit organizations whose staff and board members are committed to growing the organizations capacity to reach new levels of effectives may apply.   To be considered for funding, interested organizations should submit an online Letter of Inquiry by 5:00 pm on July 15, 2015. 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:

  • Strategic planning

  • Organizational assessment

  • Leadership development

  • Financial systems improvement

  • Program evaluation

  • Communications and marketing review

  • Fundraising enhancements

  • Technology assessments


 “Helping great Frederick nonprofits to become even better has proven to benefit our entire community, particularly those most in need,”- said Joyce Heptner, AFF Executive 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 non-profits in the community in the areas of: Children, Youth, & Families; Human Services; Health Education; Arts & Culture and Public / Society Benefit.

 Most recently, the AFF awarded a Capacity Building Grant to the Literacy Council of Frederick County which resulted in the hiring of a consultant to strengthen their marketing and fundraising efforts. "The Ausherman Family Foundation's Capacity Building Grants program has been instrumental in providing the Literacy Council of Frederick County with the tools and resources to develop strategic, marketing and fundraising plans over the past several years. These strategic initiatives are providing our organization with the necessary foundation from which to expand the delivery of essential literacy programs in the Frederick County community." Laurie Fisher,Literacy Council of Frederick County, 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 vibrant community where committed nonprofit organizations effectively work together in a spirit of cooperation to advance superior charitable outcomes in Frederick County. The Foundation’s mission is to empower the passion for change in Frederick County, Maryland.