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.
Strategic Health Initiative Grants
Mental Health Resiliency grants are now CLOSED
The ongoing uncertainties of recent years have disrupted the lives of our community. Recent data shows that indicators of anxiety and other mental health challenges are on the rise. It is critical that we support one another and invest in helping each other thrive and build resilience through these times.
The Horizon Foundation works with many community partners to raise awareness, reduce stigma and increase access to mental health services. This year, the Foundation is seeking partners to help protect and support mental wellbeing. Specifically, we are seeking creative solutions from organizations to help build and strengthen our resilience as a community.
2022 Diabetes Prevention Advocacy Grants are CLOSED
The Foundation is seeking organizational partners to help to reduce diabetes and related health disparities, improve the nutritional environment of Howard County and create a healthier future for Howard County residents. The purpose of this grant is to support the Healthier Choices Coalition working to create policy change that will 1) make fresh produce more available and affordable, 2) improve school meals, and 3) warn residents about the health risks of consuming sugary drinks.
2022 Advancing Community Advocacy Fellowship applications are CLOSED
The purpose of this strategic opportunity is to build the organizing and advocacy capacity of community leaders and/or organizations by helping them to use their power to advance issues that matter most to them and their community. The grantee selected will become a key partner in one of the Foundation’s policy issue campaigns. Their community base and/or 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 (1) grantee will be selected and the grant period is two (2) years.
Advance Care Planning
It is well-documented that advance care planning and appropriate use of hospice and palliative services improves serious illness and end-of-life care. Still, plenty of challenges remain in ensuring ALL Marylanders can access these important services and make informed decisions about their health care. Fear surrounding end-of-life discussions, confusion about planning and the health care system and other cultural stigmas create even more barriers.
The Horizon Foundation works with partners to make advance care planning easier and more accessible. Learn more about our work with the Maryland Honoring Choices Coalition and our Speak(easy) Howard campaign.
Racial Equity Collaborative Grants
Howard County is not immune to systemic racism. Data prove many of our communities of color also face barriers to living long, healthy lives. Today, improving health and wellness for all people in Howard County means advancing racial equity.
These grantees work collaboratively on a joint equity-related policy. Their staff, leadership and members will focus on applying a racial equity lens to their work and learn essential organizing and advocacy skills by practicing them in a real-time policy campaign in conjunction with the Foundation and its other partners. The grant period for the collaborative is three years.
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
2023 Community Opportunity Grants – COMING SOON!
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:
- Building advocacy efforts
- Professional development and executive coaching
- Board development and strategic planning
- Conference attendance, workshops, and peer learning opportunities
- Organizational assessment & branding