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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.


Grants covering the past year


Grants since 2012

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.

If you have any questions about grants from the Foundation, please view our Grant FAQs or contact Rosimar Melendez at rmelendez@thehorizonfoundation.org or 443-766-1213.

Community Opportunity Grants - up to $20,000

2019 Community Opportunity Grants are now open

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. 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:

  1. Enhancing service delivery
  2. Building advocacy efforts
  3. Professional development and executive coaching
  4. Board development and strategic planning
  5. Conference attendance, workshops, and peer learning opportunities
  6. Organizational assessment & branding


Click the button to begin your application now.


Strategic Health Initiative Grants - up to $20,000

Mental Health Outreach and Community Engagement Grants are now closed

One in five adults in America experiences mental illness in a given year. Here in Howard County and across America, there remains a significant need for better access to mental health services. In 2015, Howard County residents made more than 2,000 emergency room visits related to a mental health condition―indicating that many community members aren’t receiving mental health care until it is an emergency. Through a grant from the Foundation, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will be expanding school-based mental health services to a number of pilot schools this school year. The Foundation is eager to increase the likelihood that students and their families will seek help for mental health issues and ensure optimal awareness and utilization of the school-based mental health program where it exists. Grants between $500 to $20,000 will be available to organizations interested in committing to this work. View the RFP.

Racial Equity Health Initiative Grants are now 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. View the RFP.


Visit our frequently asked questions about grants to learn more.