What We Support

We are committed to strengthening communities and families through the support of nonprofit organizations whose missions are closely aligned with our own, related to arts and culture, educational advancement, health, human services, historical preservation, and spiritual enlightenment. Approximately 85% or more of our grant funding is awarded annually in Frederick County with the balance distributed in other parts of Maryland, as well as other locations through discretionary funding. Eligible applications 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.


The arts enrich the quality of life for everyone and elevate the quality of life in the communities where they exist. Delaplaine Foundation supports cultural organizations that bring performances and exhibits to the public, and provide arts education experiences to those who may not otherwise have such access.

Delaplaine Arts Center

Grant funding of the Center’s fine art exhibits and its extensive educational programming for all ages, as well as ongoing support of its endowment fund, which helps to ensure its long-term operation.

Chords of Courage

Underwriting of an innovative middle and high school student songwriting competition intended to promote social change, showcasing compositions that honor people of remarkable courage. Students must also develop and execute a STEP UP! community service project.

American Visionary Art Museum

Support for the Museum’s inventive educational programming that allows Maryland students K-12 to take afterschool art classes. Funding for new exhibits, facilities and other operational needs.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Funding of MET’s In-School Productions Program, which provides middle and elementary schools with professional staff, scripts, costumes needed to mount musical productions, reaching 600 students annually.

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Delaplaine Foundation is committed to the support of students, educators, academic programs, and institutions through the funding of educational initiatives, tuition assistance programs and operational support.

Hood College

Created funding to establish and maintain the Delaplaine Foundation Multimedia Center on the Hood campus with a state of the art broadcast studio and accompanying editing suite. Also funded the Hood College Summer Reading Clinic, which enhances reading abilities for FCPS students. The community partnership program offers data showing improved reading skills by up to 1.5 grade levels.

Literacy Council of Frederick County

Literacy Council of Frederick County support of an assessment program for English as a Second Language students conducted with Frederick Community College to determine learning needs. Funding for Workplace Literacy Programs, and operational costs.

St. John’s Catholic Preparatory School

Grant funding awarded for student tuition assistance. Saint John’s prepares students to be leaders with good hearts and discerning spirits as they pursue truth, academic excellence and service to humanity.

Baltimore ZOOmobile

Funding for Baltimore ZOOmobile visits to patrons of Frederick County Public Libraries and students of Frederick County Public Schools. The ZOOmobile provides engaging, on-site educational programs that incorporate live animals.

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Delaplaine Foundation is committed to helping meet the physical, mental and behavioral health needs of individuals, families and communities, ensuring that quality health care is accessible to all.

Mission of Mercy

Support of Mission of Mercy’s Maryland/Pennsylvania mobile clinic, which provides free medical and dental care to at-risk children and adults locally and in the region. Since 1994, Mission of Mercy has provided over 450,000 doctor-patient visits.

Frederick Health

Funding for the FH Prenatal Center for at-risk women. Technologies that transmit advance in-ambulance EKG test results to the FH Emergency Department (FHED). Replacement of 60+ Code Blue “crash carts” in FHED. Funding of cardiology equipment. Delaplaine Multidisciplinary Clinic at James M Stockman Cancer Institute.

Wells House@Gale Recovery

Funding of art, music and other specialized therapy programs for clients enrolled at the substance abuse recovery organization that serves 85 men and women each day and supported the recovery of more than 4,000 adults since 1976.

Mental Health Association

Funding for MHA’s Walk-In Behavioral Health Services program and 24-Hour MHA Call Center, both of which are staffed by professionals trained to assist individuals in time of a mental health crisis.

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Historic Preservation

Delaplaine Foundation believes strongly in the importance of history and preservation for present and future generations. Learning from the past helps us to best respond to the present and prepare for the future. For this reason, we support historical programming, as well as archival and structural preservation.

Heritage Frederick/Historical Society

Funding of the museum’s interpretive exhibits, archival processing of the 350-cubic foot Margaret Myers Collection, which is the largest private genealogical collection related to Frederick County. Funding for the on site Community Room and for replacement of the outdoor balcony.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Funding for NMCWM exhibits, many of which interpret the medical challenges and innovations brought about by the American Civil War. Other support is directed to general operations and the NMCWM endowment fund.

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Funding to restore the Museum’s historic 100-foot Bethlehem Steel shipyard crane, its Hercules entryway, and Platt Cannery Oriel window. Funding for timely exhibitions including “The Fall of American Steel” exhibits.

National Road Museum

Funding of an original artwork of mural size that depicts the building of the National Road, America’s first highway, connecting Baltimore, MD with the mid-west. The Museum, located in Boonsboro, MD, is scheduled to open in 2020.

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Human Services

Delaplaine Foundation supports non-profit organizations whose programs and services provide critical support and enhance the quality of the life for children, youth and adults.

Frederick Rescue Mission

Funding of the Changed Life Recovery Program for men in recovery of substance abuse or homelessness; the Bread of Life Food Service distribution center; and Faith House for women and their children experiencing temporary homelessness.

Asian American Center of Frederick

Funding for the Center’s Maternal and Child Health programming, which includes free monthly classes for women on a wide variety of health-education topics and provides referrals for needed additional community-based support. Funding also supports the Across Ages mentoring program.

Religious Coalition for Emergency Needs

Funding of programming that is intended to end homelessness, including Eviction Prevention, Energy Assistance, and an Exodus Program that supports permanent housing. Other financial support of the Alan P. Linton, Jr., Emergency Shelter.


Funding for major capital improvements, enhancement of fitness programs, support of Camp West Mar summer camp for at-risk children as well as the camp’s recreational equipment, overnight camp scholarships to children in foster care.

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Spiritual Enlightenment

Delaplaine Foundation values spiritual enlightenment, which we believe positively impacts and deeply enriches the quality of life for everyone and the community-at-large.

Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ

Capital campaign support of the ERUCC’s 2018-constructed addition that includes a large Community Room used for church functions and community events. Other funding include supported the landscaping of the newly renovated Parish House.

Lutheran Mission Society of MD

Lutheran-based counseling program offering therapy services to couples, individuals and children on a sliding scales based on ability to pay.   Therapists/counselors provided 682 hours of counseling in 2018.

Young Life of Frederick County

Funding of after school youth peer programs and activities that promote wholesome and spiritual values. Young Life Leaders are committed to being involved in kids’ lives – providing support.

Catholic Charities

Support of the Baltimore Hunger Project, dedicated to eliminating the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger through the creation of weekend backpack meals provided to children identified as being “food insecure.”

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