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FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants

Grants to Maryland and Delaware Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies to Address Community Needs in Eligible Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Carl M. Freeman Foundation

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Deadline Date:

03/13/18 5:00 PM - for Sussex County, Delaware organizations only


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Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware nonprofits, schools, and public agencies to address local community needs. Funding areas include arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, housing, animal welfare, and capacity building. Funds may be used for any purpose that makes the biggest difference for the applicant and the community.

The FACES program is designed to find and fund the smaller, overlooked projects in local neighborhoods and utilize a volunteer advisory board composed of community leaders who evaluate grant applications and recommend funding choices. The FACES advisory board provides a unique insight into community needs and priorities and enables the support of projects that are most important to the community.

Funding areas details include:

- Arts/Culture: Programming such as film festivals, theatre productions, gallery showings, music festivals, as well as dance classes, art classes, etc.
- Education – Programming such as nutrition programs, after-school programming, camp expenses, recreation programs, “Girl Scouts”, PTA, etc.
- Environment - May include such things as testing water for safety, building nature trails, tracking wildlife, developing a nature center, etc.
- Health and Human Services – This category may encompass medical services, nutrition classes, food banks, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation, domestic violence prevention programs, transportation for services, therapy, work training, etc.
- Animal Welfare – spaying cats/dogs; animal shelter and rescue; prevention of animal cruelty, etc.
- Housing – this may include homeless shelters, transitional housing, building homes, equipment for construction of housing, etc.
- Capacity Building – assisting nonprofits in securing the professional, timely assistance they need to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.

Capital requests are considered, as well as staff salaries and overhead costs. Applicants should explain the “big picture” about how a grant will further the organization’s mission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169036

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be made in the amounts of $2,500 or $5,000. Grants will only be awarded in these amounts, therefore, if you only need $2,000 for your project, you should indicate what the remaining $500 would be used for (for example, general operating support).

Term of Contract:

A grant report will be due six months after the monies are received. An extension can be granted (a few months) for programs that have not been completed by the six-month deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Beneficiaries must be an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization or public agency specifically serving the residents of the following funding areas:

- In Montgomery County, organizations must be based in the county to be eligible for funding. Organizations must have an operating budget of $750,000 or less.
- In Sussex County, organizations must be based in the county to be eligible for funding. Organizations must have a budget of $500,000 or less.

Previous grant winners at all levels are encouraged to apply.

Not funded:
- Individuals and scholarship opportunities
- Political associations or candidates
- Organizations that would disperse the funding to others
- Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or national origin
- Religious organizations for direct religious work are prohibited from receiving grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Meet the Funder Workshop will take place Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM at the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, Delaware. This workshop will focus on an overview of the FACES grant process as well as the E-Grant system, which is used during the FACES grant application process.

Pre-Application Information:

Area-Specific Deadlines:

Sussex County, Delaware
- Opens February 13, 2018
- Closes March 13, 2018, 5:00 PM

Montgomery County, Maryland
- August 2018

Application Instructions:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

For questions, contact Melissa Rizer at 302-436-3015 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware: Sussex County;   Maryland: Montgomery County