The Horizon Foundation makes grants to organizations working to address our strategic priorities and the broader goal of improving the health and wellness of people who live or work in Howard County. We embrace innovative solutions and new models and encourage possible grantees to present such ideas when submitting funding applications.
The Foundation awards grants to organizations that benefit people who live or work in Howard County. Organizations must be nonprofits or public entities. The Foundation places a high priority on organizations that are able to clearly articulate program goals, present a plan for achieving results and track program outcomes and impacts. Generally, grants from the Foundation are not used to support capital campaigns, endowments, individuals or brick-and-mortar projects.
Community Opportunity Grants - up to $20,000
2020 Community Opportunity Grants are closed
Community Opportunity Grants help nonprofits carry out their mission more effectively. These are one-time grants with applications accepted on a rolling basis annually from January until Community Opportunity Grant funds are depleted. Community Opportunity Grants are currently closed. Applications for grants up to $20,000 are accepted without solicitation via our online grants system and provided to help build nonprofit organizational capacity in the following areas:
- Enhancing service delivery
- Building advocacy efforts
- Professional development and executive coaching
- Board development and strategic planning
- Conference attendance, workshops, and peer learning opportunities
- Organizational assessment & branding
Strategic Health Initiative Grants - up to $30,000
2020 Community Engagement Mental Health Grants are OPEN
Our community continues to face significant mental health challenges. Reports of depression and sadness among our County’s youth continue to rise. It is also projected that mental health needs will increase in the near future given the stressors of our current climate. The Foundation is committed to increasing mental health awareness and addressing social and cultural stigmas that prevent people from getting the help they need. We also recognize that COVID has introduced several mental health risk factors into our daily lives, including economic challenges, fears about the future, lack of social connections and physical isolation.
The Foundation is seeking organizational partners to help promote mental health awareness and maintain the vital community connections that protect the emotional health and wellness of our residents. The goal is to reduce stigma around seeking help, share information about available resources, and find ways to maintain social connections. Learn more about the grant opportunity and applicant criteria.
Grants of up to $1,250 will be awarded. The deadline to submit the application is November 11, 2020 (11:59 p.m.). All proposals must be submitted using our online grants system.
2020 Disparities in Aging Community Grants are OPEN
It is well-documented that advance care planning and appropriate use of hospice and palliative services improves serious illness and end-of-life care. Yet data clearly show a disparity among communities of color accessing these services. Broad research has indicated possible reasons for this disparity – however, more information is needed to understand the unique challenges faced by our community, and to learn what supports might help our residents access services and experience improved care. The Foundation is seeking community partners interested in learning more about this disparity, and in recommending interventions that would close the gap. Learn more about the grant opportunity and applicant criteria.
Each selected grantee will be awarded $5,000 to participate. The deadline to submit the application is November 20, 2020 (11:59 p.m.). All proposals must be submitted using our online grants system.
2020 Advancing Community Advocacy Grant is OPEN
The purpose of this strategic opportunity is to build the organizing and advocacy capacity of community organizations by helping them to use their power to advance issues that matter most to them and their community. The organization selected will become a key partner in one of the Foundation’s issue campaigns, such as diabetes prevention, mental health and advancing racial equity. Its staff, leadership, and members will learn essential organizing and advocacy skills by practicing them in a real-time policy campaign in conjunction with the Foundation and its other partners.
One grant of $20,000 will be awarded. The deadline to submit the application is November 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m.). All proposals must be submitted using our online grants system.
Racial Equity Health Initiative Grants are closed
We believe that every member of our community deserves the opportunity to live a long, healthy life. Yet data show health challenges are far greater for some members of our community. That’s why we are seeking to increase the capacity of organizations that want to advance equity in the county―so that together we can win campaigns that improve the health and lives of local people. Grants between $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to organizations that want to join us in this effort.