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 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. Community Opportunity Grants are currently open. 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
Mental Health Outreach and Community Engagement Grants are 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. The Foundation is seeking organizational partners to help encourage and normalize help-seeking behavior related to mental health; address social and cultural stigmas that could prevent people from getting the help they need; and further help parents learn about and take advantage of school-based mental health services in schools where they exist. Grants between $600 to $30,000 will be available to organizations interested in committing to this work.
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.