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Fund for Anne Arundel

There are nearly 34,000 Anne Arundel County residents (6.3%) living below the federal poverty level of $25,100 for a family of four. There are tremendous unmet needs that remain consistent in Anne Arundel County ranging from affordable housing, food insecurity, lack of accessible and quality child care, homelessness, mental health treatment, substance abuse prevention and treatment, transportation, and many more as outlined in the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's (CFAAC) Community Needs Assessment, Poverty Amidst Plenty VI: On the Road to Progress for All.

June 26, 2020: CFAAC is proud to announce $162,250 in grants awarded through its Fund for Anne Arundel to six local nonprofit organizations that provide opportunities for children living in Anne Arundel County to be healthy, thriving, and successful. Learn more here.

History of the Fund for Anne Arundel

One of CFAAC’s primary goals is to increase the dollars that the foundation has available to strategically align grantmaking with the most critical needs in the county. The Fund for Anne Arundel is a fund created to help meet critical needs and improve the quality of life for all county residents, now and in the future.   

As federal, state, and local funding support for nonprofits continues to decline for countless reasons, individual donors and community foundations are being called on, now more than ever, to fill the gaps so that nonprofits can continue to provide essential community services.

In 2017, CFAAC was awarded a $300,000 Challenge Grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust to begin building the Fund for Anne Arundel. In 2018, CFAAC Board Trustee, Jim Humphrey added another $150,000 to the challenge, which effectively turned this opportunity into a 3:1 match!  To date, CFAAC has raised over $600,000 to support the Fund for Anne Arundel.

In the summer of 2019, a committee of community leaders and CFAAC Board of Trustee members and staff, convened to develop a strategic and comprehensive grantmaking approach to meet the needs of Anne Arundel County. Through a review of the most recent community needs assessment, the committee determined that the first focus area for grantmaking will support nonprofit organizations that address the needs of children in Anne Arundel County.

Believing that CFAAC must focus on supporting nonprofit organizations that offer programs that provide opportunities for the children of Anne Arundel County to be healthy, thriving and successful; the Fund for Anne Arundel has narrowed its focus for grantmaking in 2020.

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Fund for Anne Arundel Grantmaking to Focus on Children in 2020

The Fund for Anne Arundel is a competitive grantmaking program with annual grants awarded between $25,000 and $50,000. Successful grant applicants will demonstrate:

Additional consideration will be given to nonprofits who demonstrate the ability to match grant funds. The application deadline was March 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Learn about the 2020 Fund for Anne Arundel Grantees

Why Children? Their Success is Our Community’s Obligation.

​Anne Arundel County’s Children- Determined, Hopeful, Focused, Empowered

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is dedicated to working with donors who wish to make an impact through their philanthropic support. A gift made in support of the Fund for Anne Arundel will be combined with the generosity of others to have a true and lasting impact on the lives of children in Anne Arundel County. For additional information, contact Kristen Krall at or 410-280-1102.