Recent Grants

Recently Awarded Grants – 2023


Bridges to Housing Stability; Columbia Housing Center; Springboard Community Services; and United Way of Central Maryland: $75,000 each (total of $300,000) to continue to apply a racial equity lens to their work, collaborate on a joint equity-related policy campaign and build power to advance racial equity issues that matter to them and their communities. These grants cover their third and final year of participation in the Howard County Equity Collaborative.

CASA: $50,000 to ensure the organization is well prepared for sustained growth while upholding the highest standards of quality and control. CASA will establish an internal infrastructure committee to review and assess internal policies and controls, focusing on internal and external communications and operating procedures.

People Acting Together in Howard (PATH): $35,000 to support its work in Foundation priority areas including equity, chronic disease and mental health.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland: $100,000 to provide access to reproductive and abortion services for Howard County residents. $10,000 of this grant will go toward the Health Equity Fund established in 2022, primarily intended to close the gap for African American women seeking health care.


Howard County Public School System: $200,000 to continue providing students with mental health/well-being supports through a school-based service model. These funds will help HCPSS maintain its goal of having one licensed social worker for each of the 20 HCPSS middle schools.

Mental Health Association of Maryland: $15,000 to offer QPR and Mental Health First Aid Trainings to the community free of charge.

Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi): $75,000 to support Sugar Free Kids Maryland in its efforts to reduce sugary drink consumption and build community advocacy power. Sugar Free Kids will also support Horizon Foundation in Howard County policy initiatives to reduce sugary drink consumption.

States Newsroom: $20,000 for Maryland Matters to continue expanding news coverage of public health issues (especially those related to Foundation priorities) at both the state and local levels.


Behavioral Health System Baltimore: $20,000 to support its advocacy for policies that would implement and sustain the Central Maryland Regional Crisis System and 988 infrastructure.

Columbia Festival of the Arts: $2,500 to support an interactive community exhibit for its LakeFest 2023, which featured emotional support human sculptures.

Howard County General Hospital: $200,000 to support the hospital’s patient care pavilion and physical plant renovation.

Mental Health Association of Maryland: $20,000 to continue to support legislative efforts to enact reforms that will address widespread unmet mental health and substance use needs.


Community Allies of Rainbow Youth: $5,000 to advance a LGBTQ+ policy in the Howard County Public School System.

Community Health Initiative, Inc.: $5,000 to build and expand capacity around outreach, member engagement and board development.

Howard County Chinese School: $15,000 to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) curriculum policy campaign work in the public school system.

Howard County Conservancy: $5,000 to support flood recovery work in its environmental education center.

Howard County Housing Commission: $3,000 to provide customer service training for staff.

NeighborRide: $7,500 to support development of their new strategic plan.

Oakland Mills United: $3,000 to support brand awareness to increase its name recognition and visibility in targeted communities and throughout greater Howard County.

The 3rd Inc: $5,000 to support its operational assessment, identifying needs in processes and workflow, talent, structuring and alignment in order to provide the tools it needs to sustain and grow.

The Arc of Howard County: $7,500 to support the development of its next strategic plan, including Board development.

Touch4Life, Inc.: $7,500 to support the development of a repository of advocacy impact stories to amplify the voices of women policymakers and catalyze community engagement by inspiring others to share their experiences.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia: $5,000 to support staff professional development in the areas of community organizing, design thinking and anti-racism.

William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation: $5,000 to support the professional development and executive coaching of new staff leadership.


Bridges to Housing Stability: $500; People Acting Together in Howard (PATH): $500; Community Ecology Institute: $1,500; Columbia Community Care: $1,500; Howard County Chinese School: $1,500; JustLiving Advocacy: $1,500; NAMI Howard County: $1,500; St. John Baptist Church: $1,500; St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church: $1,500 to support recruitment and attendance for the Foundation’s 2023 community summit, Reimagining Good Health for All: Dismantling Systemic Racism in Howard County, as part of our strategic planning process.