Ausherman Family Foundation is pleased to provide grants to organizations that serve Frederick County and are recognized as 501(c)(3) organizations or are fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3)s.

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*Grant requests that do not serve Frederick County will not be reviewed.

Types of Grants

We focus on 3 types of grants.

Learn more about each type below.

General Grants

Capacity Building Grants

Multi-Year Grants

What We Fund

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.


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. This includes the following sub-categories: crime and delinquency prevention, legal services, employment/jobs, food, housing/shelter, and women’s issues.

Health services include treatment and rehabilitative programs relating to physical and mental 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.


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 organizations which support artists, performers, entertainers, or writers, art and performing art schools, centers, studios, and historical societies and museums.


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, volunteerism, and grantmaking foundations.

What We Don't Fund

The Ausherman Family Foundation will not support the following:

  • Animal Welfare 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
  • Religious Missions
  • International Projects
  • Grant requests of less than $2,500
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Before you apply...

Have you reviewed our selection process?
Does your request align with our areas of interest?
Does your organization serve Frederick County?

SAMPLE LETTERS OF INTENT AND APPLICATIONS - These samples are provided for your reference and cannot be used to submit a grant request. If you'd like to apply, click on the "I'm Ready to Apply" button above.
Sample LOI - PDF Version
Sample LOI - MS Word Version
Sample Application - MS Word Version
Sample Application - PDF Version
Sample Capacity Building LOI - PDF
Sample Capacity Building Application - PDF