Q. Who can apply for and receive funding?

A. In order to be eligible to apply for grant funding consideration, all applicants must be a nonprofit organization as recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)3 and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

I’m an individual seeking scholarship funding. Can Delaplaine Foundation help me?

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. cannot provide scholarships or other types of monetary support to individuals. We are set up to consider funding of registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

May we apply for a grant if our organization does not yet have a Federal Tax ID number?

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. cannot consider grant applications of organizations that do not have a valid Federal Tax ID number. This includes if a new start-up organization that has applied, but not yet received a Federal Tax ID number. If an organization without tax-exempt status has secured a fiscal sponsor with tax-exempt status, we will consider them eligible to apply.

Does Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. provide multi-year grant funding?

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. does NOT generally provide multi-year grants. Because of the volatility of the stock market given the investment portfolio of the Foundation’s assets, we will generally entertain grant application requests for one year at a time.

What is the deadline for applying?

For nonprofits who have previously received funding from Delaplaine Foundation, the annual deadline for submitting a grant application is midnight, October 1st. Grant seekers who have not previously received a grant award from Delaplaine Foundation will need to submit a First Time Grant Applicant application by September 1st.

What is an appropriate request amount? Is there a minimum or maximum grant amount?

The amount of the grant request should be proportionate with the project/program operating budget for which you are applying. The minimum grant amount is $500. Beyond that, the grant amount should be based upon the cost of providing the proposed program or services.

What if our organization does not have an audited financial statement? Can I submit a copy of our most recent IRS 990 instead?

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. requests that applicants include a copy of an audited financial statement. We do realize however, that some nonprofit organizations are not of the size or capacity to have an audited financial statement in which case we will accept a copy of your organization’s most recent 990.

May we submit for grant funding for more than one program/project per year?

No, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. will consider only one grant application per organization per grant cycle.

How are grant application funding decisions made?

All applications are reviewed by trustees of the Foundation. Applicants may be contacted by telephone or email with questions or if additional information is required before presenting a grant summary and funding recommendation to the full Board of Trustees on whether to approve funding, partial funding, or to decline funding of an application. All applicants will receive written notice on the application decision by early December of each grant cycle.

If my grant application is approved, when and how will we receive the grant award funding?

For each application that is approved for grant funding, the organization will receive a grant agreement to be signed and returned within 10 days of receipt. Once the signed agreement is received, we will mail you a grant letter and the grant award check.

How do we report on the use of our grant funding?

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. will notify all grant recipients during the third quarter of the calendar year in order that the grantee shall complete a required Grant Project Progress Report. The report will contain the Grant description, budget, expense summary, description of any obstacles encountered, and a summary of measurable impact and outcomes accomplished as a result of the grant dollars. Note: A report must be completed and returned for each grant that has been awarded. Organizations that do not return this required report shall be considered ineligible for future funding.

If there are other questions in the grant application process, who do we contact?

For any other questions or to receive additional information, you may email info@delaplainefoundation.org or call our offices at 301.662.2753.


Other sources for local funding of non-profit organizations include:

Community Foundation of Frederick County
312 E Church St
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 695-7660

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
22 S. Market Street, Suite 215
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 608-5177

United Way of Frederick County
629 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701