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Welcome to the Grants Program for Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT). On May 11, 2023, we were pleased to announce the awarding of $164,305 to AAWGT’s 2023 Grantees. This year’s recipients represent a cross-section of small and large as well as new and longstanding organizations – and all will be delivering important solutions to critical needs across our county. We value our partnership with these and all nonprofits across our county!

As an organization, AAWGT is committed to supporting work that improves the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County and to partnering with nonprofits who share this vision.

Like you, we care about healthy lives and safe places to live — we worry about food deserts — we see the growing need for emergency responses for housing and food, for access to equitable health care, and for safe, secure homes and a healthy environment for all women and families.

Like you, we care about education in all its forms, starting with the very youngest — and the importance of literacy and mentoring for people of all ages.

Like you, we are concerned about violence of any kind — domestic violence, gun violence, and bullying.

And, like you, we care about breaking the cycle of inequity in society, in organizations, and in practice.

For several years, AAWGT has worked to imbed the principles of DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility) and Trust-Based Philanthropy within our organization and our grantmaking process. We are committed to being a positive force for DEIA through the work we fund. And, while maintaining our all-important focus on improving the quality of lives of women and families in our county, we believe that you, as a nonprofit, bring a firsthand understanding of how best to address this.

Please watch this space in the Fall of 2023 when we will announce our 2024 grant cycle. We anticipate the application window opening in early January of 2024 with the funding beginning July 1, 2024.

  • An organization may submit only one application.
  • Funding is limited to two consecutive grant cycles after which the organization becomes ineligible for the following two grant cycles.
  • If applying to continue a currently funded program, the application will need to show that the current program has demonstrated substantial progress toward success by the application due date.
  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit at the time it applies, after the grant is awarded, and for the duration of the funding cycle*.
  • Your proposal must be responsive to our mission: improving the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County.
  • We only fund programs or projects which provide benefits or services to women and/or families located in Anne Arundel County.

Know and confirm the following three numbers for your nonprofit organization — they are REQUIRED!

  • Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) – this identifies your organization as a non-profit. Your EIN will look like this: 00-0000000.
    Website to verify:
  • Maryland Charity Registration number (CID) – this identifies the organization with MD Office of Secretary of State.
    Your MD Charity number will look like this: 00000
    Website to verify:
    Organization must be listed as “Registration Status: Current”
  • >Business Entity Number – this identifies your organization with the MD Department of Taxation and Assessments.
    Your Business Entity number will look like this: InitialLetter00000000
    Website to verify:
    Organization must be listed as “This business is in good standing”

All organizations must provide the financial statements requested in the application, including a current Operating Budget for the organization, a Budget-to-Actual Financial Statement from most recently completed fiscal year, and a Proposal Budget. You are encouraged to consider applying for general operating expenses as well as program expenses.

  • Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or national origin
  • Capital Projects, including new construction, expansion, renovation or replacement of existing buildings
  • Endowments
  • Sponsorships or Fundraising Drives/Events
  • Banquets, Receptions, or Similar Events
  • Political activities or lobbying
  • Sectarian religious activities
  • Grants to individuals

In 2023, AAWGT received applications from 53 nonprofits. In May 2023 AAWGT’s membership voted to award $164,305 to 9 of these organizations. This brought AAWGT’s total dollars invested in Anne Arundel County nonprofits to over $1.7 million since 2007.

*If you are not a nonprofit, you may also apply by affiliating with a sponsoring 501(c)(3). Your organization could also have access to a Group Exemption by virtue of its affiliation with a church. If so, you will need to provide us with a letter dated this fiscal year from your parent organization that establishes the right of your organization to use the Group Exemption.

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AAWGT is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County
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