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FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants

Grants to Maryland and Delaware Nonprofits and
Agencies to Benefit Communities in Eligible Counties

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Carl M. Freeman Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/03/21 5:00 PM (EDT) - for Montgomery County, Maryland applications only.


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Grants to Maryland and Delaware nonprofit organizations and public agencies in eligible areas for projects that benefit local communities. Funding is intended to support small organizations and projects that meet local needs. Project areas include arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, animal welfare, housing, and capacity building. Eligible applicants must be located in Sussex County, Delaware, or in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The FACES program is designed to find and fund smaller, overlooked projects in local neighborhoods. Grant funds may be used for any purpose that makes the biggest difference for your group and the community’s impact. Capital projects will be considered. 

Focus Areas:

  • Arts/Culture: Arts/culture programming such as film festivals, theatre productions, gallery showings, music festivals, as well as dance classes, art classes, etc.
  • Education/Environment: Education programming such as nutrition programs, after-school programming, camp expenses, recreation programs, “Girl Scouts,” PTA, etc. Environmental programs may include such things as testing water for safety, building nature trails, tracking wildlife, developing a nature center, etc. Education programs do not have to be environmental, and environmental requests do not need to be educational.
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169036

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The number of FACES grants will be determined, in part, by the number and quality of the applications submitted, as well as the amount awarded per grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be made in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000. 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:

There are no strict rules on this, but the Foundation's intention is for a FACES grant to be applied to a program or project being undertaken in the short-term. Remember that 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:

Organizations eligible to apply for grants must meet the following criteria:
- Beneficiaries must be an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization or public agency specifically serving the residents of the Foundation's funding areas.
- In Sussex County, organizations must be based in the county to be eligible for funding.
- In Montgomery County, organizations must be based in the county to be eligible for funding.
- Organizations applying in Sussex County must have a budget of $500,000 or less.
- Organizations applying in Montgomery County must have an operating budget of $750,000 or less.

Grants will not be distributed to:
- Individuals
- 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:

FACES Montgomery Meet the Funder Workshop

In this workshop, the staff of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation will review the application process, timeline, and answer any questions you have.

Aug 11, 2021, 3:00 PM in Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycles:
- Montgomery County, Maryland: Applications open August 4, 2021; Deadline: Sep 3, 2021, 5:00 PM (EDT)
- Sussex County, Delaware: Applications open February 2022


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Lindsay Richard, FACES Grants Administrator

Carl M. Freeman Foundation
31556 Americana Parkway
Selbyville, DE 19975

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