Grant Programs

The Community Foundation of Harford County’s grants are funded through generous donors who have provided unrestricted gifts and/or established unrestricted or interest specific funds.  These funds are designed to meet the changing and emerging needs of the Harford County community.

Through its grant making, the Community Foundation of Harford County strives to improve the quality of life for the residents of Harford County. CFHC strives to maintain a proactive focus and an ability to respond to creative ideas from grant seekers. CFHC encourages applicants to submit proposals that enhance cooperation and collaboration among the organizations and institutions within the county. CFHC promotes the effective delivery of services from nonprofit organizations.

Our 2020 Impact Grant Applications are now closed

The Community Foundation of Harford County is pleased to announce that we are now accepting grant applications from community based organizations serving the residents of Harford County.

For over a decade, the Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) has been improving the quality of life by meeting the needs of Harford County residents and its nonprofit community.  This year however, those needs may be different.  Everyone is feeling the impact of COVID-19.  Yet the crisis is not impacting everyone equally.  In fact, the impact is overwhelmingly affecting communities already facing racial and economic disparities.  During this unprecedented time, the Community Foundation of Harford County remains committed to a legacy of responding to the community’s most pressing needs.  Thanks to the incredible generosity from our donors and the Baltimore, Gas and Electric Company, we have significantly expanded our 2020 Grant Program to include additional grants that specifically address needs caused by COVID-19, and serve our most vulnerable citizens in Harford County.

The post grant report that will be required can be found here: 2020 Post-Grant Report Fillable

Grants will be accepted for the following:


Harford County Caresemergency assistance related to COVID-19 – OPEN

Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000

Awarded to Community Based organizations with a history of serving disproportionately impacted communities in Harford County, especially communities of color and our most vulnerable populations.

For additional information and to submit an application click here: 2020 Harford County Cares – COVID-19 Grant Guidelines and Instructions.

Applications for Harford County Cares will be processed until funds are exhausted.


2020 Impact Grants – CLOSED

Grant awards average $1,000 each

Awarded annually to qualifying nonprofit organizations, on a competitive basis, for charitable projects that improve the quality of life for Harford County residents.

Grants may be used for programs/projects needs or operational costs to provide services to Harford County residents in the following focus areas:

  • Animal welfare (Preference for domestic and feral cats)
  • Children and/or Disadvantaged Children
  • Education
    • High school STEM
    • High school arts (preference music / instruments)
  • Respite Care
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Other human services

Applications must be submitted by August 27, 2020. Incomplete applications, or applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Recipients of 2019 Impact Grants must submit a Post-Grant Report to be eligible to apply in 2020.

For additional information and to submit an application click here: 2020 Impact Grant Guidelines and Instructions.