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Community Crisis Response Fund Application

The number of people affected by the COVID-19 virus in Anne Arundel County has continued to grow, and for some, the effects have been dire. There is a tremendous amount of need in our region—especially amongst the most vulnerable and underserved people in the community.

Through the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's (CFAAC) Community Crisis Response Fund, CFAAC will make a limited number of single immediate-use grants (maximum $2,500) to nonprofits addressing the increase in community needs and demand for services in the following impact areas in Anne Arundel County (AAC): food security, support for basic human needs, and housing insecurity and homelessness. These areas were selected by CFAAC based on feedback received from local nonprofits in regards to their greatest immediate needs, and in alignment with CFAAC funding priorities, as defined in the most recent Community Needs Assessment, Poverty Amongst Plenty VI, On the Road to Progress for All. The impact areas are described in more detail below.

CFAAC’s Community Crisis Response Fund was designed to allow funding priorities to evolve as the needs of the community change. Rapid response grant priority areas may shift according to the most critical needs in Anne Arundel County in subsequent funding cycles.

Community Crisis Response Fund: Rapid Response Grants Impact Areas

  • Food Security: CFAAC will accept grant applications from organizations to provide access to food during this time for those in-need due to the public health crisis. COVID-19 presents a threat to already food insecure individuals, from infants to seniors, and families who now face an uncertain economic future. As an example, 37% of Anne Arundel County Public School students (30,000 children) receive Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS), extended school closures mean that students no longer have access to these meals.
  • Support for Basic Human Needs: CFAAC will accept grant applications from organizations that are helping individuals and families with immediate basic human needs in response to COVID-19. The most vulnerable people in our community, including those who have lost a source of income, are at high risk medically, are homeless, disabled, or mentally and/or physically ill, and individuals who lack paid sick leave or health insurance will be disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the resulting economic consequences. Examples:
    • Items to maintain safe and healthy environments, such as cleaning and hygiene supplies
    • Medicine/Medical care not supported by Medicaid/Medicare/Private Insurance
    • Transportation assistance, gas cards
    • Baby supplies, diapers, formula
    • Other personal items
  • Homelessness or housing insecurity: CFAAC will accept grant applications from organizations that are helping individuals and families who are facing housing insecurity or homelessness as a result of the impacts of COVID-19. According to the 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan for Anne Arundel County, 66 percent of extremely low-income renters and 72 percent (4,645 homeowners) of extremely low-income homeowners are paying more than 50 percent of their income for housing. The three homeless shelters and three rehousing programs in the County have seen an increased need for shelter during the COVID-19 crisis. On March 16th, the Governor signed an Executive Order prohibiting evictions until the State of Emergency is lifted. Once that prohibition is lifted, those households who are experiencing unemployment, unexpected medical events, or other difficulties, directly related to COVID -19 are at risk of losing their homes and becoming homeless.

Cycle 1 Application Open: March 30, 2020 | Deadline: April 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in April 2020.
Cycle 2 Application Open: April 22, 2020 | Deadline: May 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in May 2020.
Cycle 3 Application Open: May 18, 2020 | Deadline: May 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in June 2020.
Cycle 4 Application Open: June 22, 2020 | Deadline: July 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in July 2020.
Cycle 5 Application Open: August 3, 2020 | Deadline: August 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in August 2020.

Cycle 6 Application Open: September 7, 2020 | Deadline: September 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Award Size: Maximum $2,500  | Awards in September 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

  • An organization may submit only one application per cycle
  • Requests for funding must directly relate to increased needs as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The applicant must be:

Program Requirements:

  • Programs for which the grant will apply must be used to serve only Anne Arundel County residents.
  • Funding decisions will be made based upon a nonprofit organization's ability to provide food and/or family support for basic human needs, childcare or camp programs serving underserved populations, or services to those facing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Reporting Requirements:

To assist nonprofit staff during these unprecedented times, CFAAC will not require an extensive, formal grant report once funds have been expended. However, we request that grant recipients send a follow-up communication to inform CFAAC about the approximate number of people served by the grant and the difference the grant made to your organization. This informal report is requested prior to applying for additional funding.


Please direct questions about the Community Crisis Response Fund: Rapid Response Grants to

If you are interested in learning more about the Community Crisis Response Fund please call our staff at 410.280.1102.