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 February 1. For additional information please contact Heather Mahler at

6-Month Performance Report

12-Month Performance Report

Grant Committee Site Visit Form

Community Needs Grant Review Committee:

Duke Marshall, Jr., Chair
Michael Truitt, Vice Chair
Jane Corcoran
Annemarie Dickerson
Michael Dunn
William Ferguson
Nancy Goldsmith
Dr. John Groutt
Janice Perdue
Anthony Sarbanes
Ernest Satchell
Donald Taylor
Dr. Carol Williamson
Dr. Julius Zant