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Timeline for the 2021 Grant Cycle

November 2, 2020: Call for Applications will be released and grant application will be available online.

November 17, 2020: Our Zoom Grant Applicant Workshop was held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in two parts. The 9:30 am session addressed organizational requirements including federal and state legal requirements and is recommended for newer organizations. The 1:30 pm session focused on our application requirements and was recommended for all applicants; it provided guidance on making sure your proposal is what we’re looking for. Click HERE to download the slide presentation from both events.

January 31, 2021: Applications are due at 11:59 pm 

July 1, 2021: Grant year funding begins

Federally Recognized Nonprofit: Your organization must be a federally recognized nonprofit at the time it applies, when the grant is awarded, and for the duration of the funding cycle. Most commonly, organizations meet this requirement by having formed as a 501(c)(3). However, there are other ways to establish federally recognized nonprofit status. For example, your organization could have access to a Group Exemption. If so, you will need to provide us with a letter dated this fiscal year from your parent organization that establishes the right of your organization to use the Group Exemption. We also accept fiscal sponsorships.

Maryland Charity Number: Your organization should be in good standing with the Maryland Secretary of State which means you should have a Charity Number (we ask for it in our application). See and inquire early if you are just starting the process.

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation: Your organization should be in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (you will need to provide your number when you complete our application). See

Financial Statements: All organizations must provide the financial statements requested in the application, including a current Operating Budget. In addition, we ask for a Financial Review or Audited Financial Statement if your organization has that. If not, and for smaller organizations, we ask for a Statement of Financial Activities (income and expenses) and a Statement of Financial Position (assets and liabilities).

Our Mission: Your program/project must be responsive to our mission, which is to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. That is our grantmaking focus and therefore should also be the focus, not just a side benefit, of your proposal.

In Anne Arundel County: We only fund programs or projects which provide benefits or services to women and/or families located in Anne Arundel County.

An organization may submit only one application. Although an organization may apply for more than one type of grant in its application, it may only receive one grant. See Our Grants Program for the types of grants we are offering for the 2021 grant cycle (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).

Have you been funded by us before? Funding for an organization is limited to three consecutive grant cycles after which the organization becomes ineligible for the following two grant cycles.

Are you applying to continue a current program? If so, your application will need to show that the current program has demonstrated substantial progress toward success by the application due date (January 31, 2021).

It can be easy to overlook attaching key documents to your application. If you would like us to check your application to make sure you have attached required documents before you submit it, please email

  • Demonstrate strong organizational capacity
  • Address a critical need without duplication of services in the relevant community
  • Maximize the impact of AAWGT funds in the community
  • Come from organizations which demonstrate support from, or experience working with, the targeted population
  • Demonstrate that the organization has sought to engage in effective collaborations or partnerships that maximize impact
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research supporting the proposal including evaluation of measurable outcomes

On most grants, we do not fund the items listed below. However, please see our Call for Applications for the applicable descriptions of funding proposals for our Racial Equity Grant.

  • Purchase or lease of vehicles.
  • Housing development – but we DO fund programs/projects that offer rental or foreclosure prevention assistance
  • Capital improvements
  • Endowments
  • Sponsorships or fundraising drives/events
  • Banquets, receptions or conferences – but we DO fund specific educational components necessary for a program/project
  • Political activities or lobbying
  • Sectarian religious activities
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or national origin

Please craft your proposal with care. We do not allow changes to programs/projects after your application has been submitted. If any item included in your program/project is an item we do not fund, your entire grant request will be denied.

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