Community Needs Grants

The Community Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program provides program support to a broad range of charitable programs.  Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (specifically Somerset, Wicomico, and/or Worcester County).   The program has a $5,000 grant award maximum.

TO APPLY: Eligible nonprofit organizations must submit a Community Needs Grant Application (deadlines February 1st and August 1st each year).  A site visit will be conducted as part of the grant review process.

Please Note: If the deadline falls on a weekend –  Grant applications are collected from the onsite drop box on the following Monday at 8 a.m. Late applications will not be accepted.


The next Community Needs Grants application deadline is August 1. For additional information please contact Heather Mahler at

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