COVID-19 Emergency Response & Grant Updates

As we navigate through this time of crisis, Ausherman Family Foundation recognizes the importance of meeting the most pressing needs of our community. To ensure maximum impact, we are collaborating with the philanthropic funding community to provide resources and financial support. Our community has already accomplished so much by working together and we encourage you to join us so we come back stronger than ever.

Ausherman Family Foundation Grant Updates

General Grants 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Ausherman Family Foundation has reprioritized the 2020 General Grants budget to focus on emergency funding. We will temporarily fund only historic and existing grantees. Funding will also be considered for the provision of critical services to support the community and its members during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you are interested in applying for funding or have questions regarding these changes, please contact us.

Capacity Building Grants 

Due to additional resources needed by nonprofits and foundations during the COVID-19 crisis, the Trustees have opted to cancel Capacity Building Grants until further notice. Please contact us with questions.


Give Back Locally

Through COVID-19, many people are interested in giving back directly to their local community. There are several opportunities to donate or volunteer in your neighborhood through food banks, churches, drop off locations, and more. Check out this list for a sampling of places to donate.


Nonprofit Resources

Grant Application for COVID-19 Emergency Needs Funding 

Do you work for an arts organization? Historic preservation? What about an environmental cause? An educational setting? Youth recreation? Or in the traditional health and human services realm?

All nonprofits and quasi-governmental service providers directly benefiting Frederick County are encouraged to apply for emergency relief funding! And you can re-apply as your needs change!

The Frederick County COVID-19 Collaborative is continuing to accept applications from nonprofits to assist them with expanding and maintaining programming affected by the pandemic. The Collaborative has been making funding decisions regularly over the past month and additional funding is being determined weekly. The Frederick County COVID-19 Collaborative includes Ausherman Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Frederick County, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., The Helen J. Serini Foundation, Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund, United Way of Frederick County, Maryland, William Cross Foundation, and The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, Maryland .

Please note that applications are being shared with these funders, but grant checks are issued from each funder separately. Your application may get partial funding from a number of funders to attain your requested amount.

Nonprofits may submit more than one grant application and may update their prior applications as their situations change during this very fluid situation. Please note that the funders are interested in emergency funding to cover costs associated with an increase in services because of the pandemic and/or a loss in revenue because of changing funding streams or shutdown. Please, no applications asking for general operating expenses that are not connected to the situation caused by the pandemic. And, please don’t ask for funding that covers payroll if your organization has a received PPP or another governmental loan/grant for this purpose.

To apply for a grant, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Preview all available grant opportunities here”.  Use the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign, which is listed first, or CLICK HERE>>


COVID-19 Assistance Survey for Frederick County Nonprofits 

The United Way of Frederick County has issued a survey to assess the emergency needs within our community and if you have not already done so, you can complete that survey. CLICK HERE>>


Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund 

This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners. CLICK HERE>>


Paycheck Protection Program

Nonprofit organizations and small businesses can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information and to determine eligibility, CLICK HERE>>

For a list of lenders accepting PPP applications in Maryland, CLICK HERE>>


Health Care Services

Health Center

Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Telehealth Services to existing patients can be scheduled by email to  vog.dmkcirederffoytic@aacfhtlaehelet or call 301-600-1393  or 301-600-1506.

If you are not a current patient of the Frederick Community Action Agency Community Action Health Center and are in need  of healthcare services at this time or to see if you qualify for healthcare services at our health center, please complete an online intake form HERE >>

A staff member will contact you within 24-72 hours after submission of your application



Financial Donations

United Way of Frederick County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign

To ensure maximum impact for this campaign, United Way has partnered with the Ausherman Family Foundation, Community Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, and others. The Ausherman Family Foundation is working with our partners in the funding community to ensure that dollars are distributed appropriately in the most impactful way.

The time to help is now. The economic fallout from COVID-19 is causing significant hardship for many Frederick County households. Many of the most vulnerable community members are those who struggle to pay for basic household necessities in normal conditions, a population we know as Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE).

Please help us support those in our community who need it most during this challenging time. The need is urgent. Learn more about the campaign and donate today by clicking HERE.

All processing fees will be waved, 100% of your donation will go to those most in need.


Critically Needed Donations (Food, Medical Supplies, Toiletries, etc.)

YMCA of Frederick County

Interested in donating resources? The YMCA is serving as as a Donation Drop-Off Location for local charities. They will be accepting items from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm and deliver them to local nonprofits.
Visit their website for a list of items needed as well as services available to those in need. CLICK HERE>>


Frederick Health

Frederick Health has opportunities to support their patients as well as hospital staff. The hospital is also in need of protective medical gear, thermometers, disposable stethoscopes, disposable pulse-oxygen monitors, baby monitors with audio/video capabilities, antibacterial cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and paper products. Please contact gro.hmf@etanod for delivery instructions. Due to heightened screening and visitor policies, donations cannot be accepted at the hospital. Visit their website for a list of items needed and FAQs. CLICK HERE>>


Volunteer Opportunities

Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs 

The Religious Coalition is in need of volunteers and specialists on a large scale – specifically providers of homeless, mental health, substance abuse, senior citizen, or vulnerable population services.  Volunteers are also requested for food/supply delivery, Mental Health outreach/medication monitoring, satellite location staffing, donation and supply management, and medical staff for site visits, temperature reading, general oversight of temporary shelter locations. Please contact Nick Brown directly at gro.nhecr@nworbn or 240.344.3723 for more information. CLICK HERE>>

United Way of Frederick County Volunteer Needs

The United Way utilizes GetConnected to post any COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities or donation needs to help those impacted in our community. CLICK HERE>>


Emergency Child Care

Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County 

Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County will offer child care services for the school-aged children of essential personnel (Kindergarten through age 12) at no cost. Online registration will be required weekly and will be a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, CLICK HERE>>


YMCA of Frederick County

The YMCA of Frederick County has been approved for Essential Personnel Child Care and Essential Personnel School-Age programs. They will be providing programming for children ages 6 weeks through age 12. For more information and eligibility, CLICK HERE>>


Support Local Businesses

Shop Local Businesses Facebook Page

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce launched a Facebook Page, Shop Local Frederick, for businesses to share updates, announcements and special offers. To participate, visit the page and send them a private message with a link to the post that you’d like shared. The post must be from your business Facebook page, not something from your personal page or an employee’s page. They will post  3 to 4 updates each day. Updates should be something that is of benefit to the community at large. To visit the page, CLICK HERE>>