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About W&GF Grants

The endowment of the Women & Girls Fund exists solely for the purpose of funding grants to organizations that address significant needs of women and girls on the Mid-Shore.  We take great care to review each application against our guidelines and to select programs that meet eligibility requirements and have the greatest potential impact.

We look for non-profit organizations that target the needs of women and girls in our region and groups or organizations that want to submit an application through a fiscal sponsor (i.e. a tax-exempt organization under the IRS code 501(c)3 that agrees to accept funds on their behalf). 

Applications and guidelines are sent upon request to qualifying organizations or can be downloaded from this site.  You can also call 410-770-8347 to request an application or to discuss questions concerning eligibility.

To date, the Fund has awarded $340,436 in grants to 58 Mid-Shore organizations.  To see a list, click on View Grant Recipients or click here.

Grant Guidelines

Applications for the next year must be submitted on or before NOVEMBER 1.  Submissions are reviewed to make sure information is complete and from a qualifying organization.

Your organization is eligible if it targets and supports significant needs of women and girls on the Mid-Shore and is a:

  • Non-profit – 501(c)3 organization;
  • Group or organization that intends to submit an application through a fiscal sponsor, i.e. a tax-exempt organization under the I.R.S. code 501(c)3 that agrees to accept funds on their behalf.

Emphasis is given to organizations and programs that:

  • Provide opportunities to develop personal self-esteem and self-sufficiency;
  • Enhance parenting skills to help build stronger families;
  • Develop life skills through education;
  • Provide role-model and mentoring support;
  • Work with other organizations to avoid duplication of services;
  • Have effective means of evaluating the succcess of a program;
  • Have a sound organizational sustainability plan.

Grants will NOT provide for:

  • Endowment, annual funds, or fundraising events;
  • Non-project specific advertising, publishing, or promotional material;
  • Organizations that do not directly or indirectly benefit women and/or girls in the Mid-Shore area;
  • Political campaigns or lobbying organizations;
  • Religious organizations, except as they provide services for nonsectarian purposes;
  • The benefit of an individual, such as for a scholarship, emergency hardship, or disaster relief.

Grant Application & Evaluation Forms

To apply or re-apply for a grant, submit a completed application to the address on a form that can be downloaded from this site.  You can also request a form by calling the office at: 410-770-8347.   Applications for the next year must be submitted on or before November 1st. 

Click here to download the Grant Application(in .doc format).  You may fill in your answers with a wordprocesser or print it and fill them in by hand.

This is a downloadable form only. Six hard copies of the application must be delivered by mail or by hand to the Women & Girls Fund office.


2013 Grant Recipients
15 grants totalling $33,200

A description of each grant recipient is below.

15 grants totaling $33,220

A description of each grant recipient is below.

CASA of Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties - $2,544.00
Advocating for every abused and neglected child in the Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties court system

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is a non-profit organization, which advocates for children who are under the protection of the juvenile court system due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Each child is assigned a CASA volunteer who has been carefully screened and trained to make recommendations to the court on the best interest of the child, the goal being to secure a safe, permanent placement for every child served. Each year many youth who reach the age of 18-21 leave the program and enter adulthood without the financial or emotional support of a family. Endeavoring to prepare them for this transition, CASA wishes to use the Fostering Futures Program developed by the National CASA Association, train volunteers in using the program, and offer a two-day life skills workshop for the youth ages 13 to 21. The workshop will include classes in cooking, nutrition, shopping, personal finance, cleaning, personal hygiene and job interviewing skills. This grant will support the implementation of the program and the two-day workshops. www.casaqackent.org

Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center - $4,000.00
Providing services for immigrant elementary school children in Talbot County

The mission of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center is “to empower people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community by coordinating services and informational programs”; and by education, to break down barriers that often exist and cause misunderstanding. Their objectives are to become a trusted and central source of information to the immigrant community and to service providers; and to create positive community awareness of the current and potential impact of immigrants in the community. One successful program currently underway is The After-School Program for immigrant elementary school children in Talbot County. This program has a strong component of assistance to parents in being able to understand what is required to help their children succeed in school. For some parents this adult education will include ESL classes currently given at Chesapeake College. This grant will support the implementation of the Parenting for Academic Success curriculum that the Center has adopted. www.chesmrc.org

Community Mediation Upper Shore - $2,400.00
Offering mediation services in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties

Community Mediation Upper Shore (CMUS) is currently the only mediation service providing free, accessible conflict resolution services through mediation, education and training throughout Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. Their Changing Families Project is designed to serve no and low-income families seeking divorce or needing to make plans about their children and marital property issues. Their objectives are to help parents make financial agreements that allow both households to continue at roughly equal standards of living; and to help children avoid dramatic behavioral changes as their family shifts around them that would affect their well being and success in school. As regards this project, they partner with MidShore Pro Bono, which provides free access to attorneys, and with Mid-Shore Community Mediation Center, which provides volunteer training. This grant will support the Changing Families Project, which benefits women and girls within their family structure. www.CMUSmediation.org

Corsica River Mental Health Services, Crossroads Community - $4,480.00
Providing school-based mental health services for at-risk youth in the Mid-Shore

Crossroads Community, Inc. (CCI) was founded in 1983 and now reaches all five mid-shore counties, providing psychiatric rehabilitative services that help people recover from severe and persistent mental illness. Corsica River Mental Health Services, Inc. (CRMHS), founded in 2009, is a private, non-profit mental health clinic providing psychiatric treatment and therapy to residents of Queen Anne’s County and surrounding areas. Included in the services they offer are various public school based programs. Disruptive behaviors and low self-esteem, which often accompany poor mental health, put academic achievement at risk. School-based programs can mitigate the risk during the year, but progress is often undermined when attention is not given to these problems during the summer. CRMHS and CCI are collaborating on a Children and Adolescent Summer Enrichment Program, using professional staff from both organizations, that will engage middle school youth and their parents in an eight week enrichment program designed to be fun while addressing issues of self esteem, constructive vs. disruptive behaviors and positive peer interaction. There will be separate required sessions designed for parents, an estimated 80% of whom will be single mothers. This grant will be used to enhance the Summer Enrichment Program. www.ccinconline.com

Dixon House Independent and Assisted Living - $500.00
Providing quality assisted living care to women and men from

Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties
This residence facility for seniors provides high quality and affordable care in a home-like environment in the historic downtown district of Easton. Originally planned as a residence for women only, women comprise the large majority of its residents today. Promoting wellness and independence is a priority and to that end many engaging activities are planned for the residents, both on site and in the wider community. The staff is hoping to expand the opportunities for Intergenerational Programming, involving younger women, children and youth from several identified organizations and schools. The benefits will accrue to participants of all ages - companionship and community connections for the elderly, opportunities for service and life lessons learned for the young. This grant will help with the costs of these intergenerational projects. www.dixonhouse.com

Healthy Families Queen Anne’s/Talbot - $2,600.00
Serving families with recognized risk factors for child abuse and neglect

Healthy Families QA/T is an accredited home visiting program that provides voluntary intervention and prevention services to first-time parents who reside in Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. The families served are eligible for the Maryland Children’s Health Program, which is income based, and are at risk because of the parents’ own history, issues, problems, inadequate support and high stress. The goals are to educate parents on nurturing care and healthy childhood growth and development, to promote healthy child-parent relationships, to reduce risk and build protective structures for children within the family, breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. This year Healthy Families will use a new curriculum called “Growing Great Kids for Prenatal-36 Months”. Home visitors and supervisors have been trained in this new curriculum, but some costs remain to most effectively use the program. This grant will provide money for interpreters to accompany staff on visits to homes where English is not spoken, and will also buy materials specific to the new curriculum. www.talbothealth.org

HomePorts, Inc. - $1,000.00
Providing services to keep senior citizens in their homes in Kent County

HomePorts is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping residents in Kent County stay in their own homes as they grow older. It is a grass roots member-driven group affiliated with a nation-wide organization called Village to Village Network. Participation is open to any household with individuals age 55 or older. Volunteers and paid providers offer services such as transportation, home maintenance, personal assistance and troubleshooting, health and wellness programs and social and educational activities. Most clients do pay a membership fee, but scholarships are offered to some low-income seniors. This grant will help offset the cost for women clients on scholarship. www.homeports.org

Ladies of Nia, Inc. - $2,000.00
Tomorrow’s H.O.P.E Mentoring Program

Ladies of Nia is a volunteer organization comprised of “a group of friends who are united in sisterhood for the restoration of our communities”, especially children, teens and women of color. Through service and outreach they want to be agents of change and bring “hope and light” to those who need support. Beginning with the 2009-10 school year they established a mentoring program at Lockerman Middle School in Caroline County. Some of those girls who are now in high school are still with the program, along with new middle school members. The mentors are all professional women, family oriented, who have some connection with Caroline County from their own growing-up years, and who desire to still be a presence there and be role models for young girls growing up facing difficult challenges. This grant will support the Tomorrow’s H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program. www.ladiesofnia.org

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center - $750.00
Offering mediation services to Mid-Shore residents

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center (MSCMC) has been providing no-cost mediation, facilitation and conflict management education for Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties since 2005 focusing on the neediest members of the community. MSCMC works with over 20 agencies and organizations in these two counties including the Departments of Juvenile Services and guidance offices and teen and drug courts. They are developing a program to provide mediation services for the many parties that are involved in the child welfare system including parents, youth, agency representatives and others. Two members of the MSCMC team have already received training in the process involving determination of a Child in Need of Assistance, and Termination of Parental Rights. This grant will provide funds for development of materials about mediation benefits and availability for the education of stakeholders in the process, and materials and supplies for the Child Welfare Mediation Project. www.midshoremediation.org

New Beginnings Youth & Family Services - $2,000.00
Serving low-income Dorchester County residents

This non-profit organization serves the residents of Bay Country Apartments and Parkside Village Apartments, both subsidized housing communities in Cambridge, where families raise their children “fighting the effects of poverty, violence, and drugs, among other difficulties”. New Beginnings reaches out to the children and youth who are still in school, focusing on their academic achievement, career goals and healthy life styles. They have a strong after school program and summer programs that engage children in a variety of activities, creative and educational. This grant will support the Experiencing Art Program, which will offer some dance, music, art and crafts opportunities not available before.

Page Turners: Girls Who Read to Achieve - $1,750.00
Promoting the value of reading as a means to education and leadership

Page Turners is a network of school-based book clubs that use the discussion of literature as a tool for empowering at-risk middle school girls as readers, leaders, thinkers, community members and graduates. The books chosen have strong female heroines who cope with challenging circumstances not unknown to the girls in the clubs. The books and curriculum for each year are centered on themes of self-discovery and it is hoped that by the reading and the discussions these girls will be empowered to “turn a page” in their own lives. From a modest beginning serving 20 girls in one county in 2008-2009, Page Turners has grown to serving 310 girls in 31 book clubs at 17 schools in five Eastern Shore counties and Baltimore City. This grant will be reserved for the 12 Mid-Shore book clubs, and will provide rewards for good attendance in the form of books for the girls’ personal libraries; and will also provide funds for student initiated projects that involve reading in the wider community. www.pageturnersread.org

Partners in Care Maryland, Talbot County site - $2,500.00
Providing support services to older adults in Talbot County

Partners in Care Maryland is a community non-profit providing supportive services to help older adults remain independent in their own homes. They work to build a sense of community and security for people using the concept of time-exchange. Volunteers provide essential services, such as transportation or handyman service, and then earn “credit in the bank” which they may use to receive help when they need it. This concept encourages people to accept help knowing that they may pay it back. Everyone is valued for his or her own contribution; everyone is part of the solution. It is “parity rather than charity”. At the present time Talbot is the only Mid-Shore county with a chapter, and their service at this time is limited to transporting clients to places they need to go. This grant will be applied to operating costs for the Ride Partners program. www.partnersincare.org

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center - $2,696.00
Providing environmental education programs from its Tilghman Island center in Talbot County

Located on Tilghman Island in Talbot County, this educational non-profit’s mission is to further the understanding and appreciation of the ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay as well as stewardship of the Bay itself. It operates a visitor’s center as an educational venue and a Fishmobile that “takes the show on the road” to schools and various community events. A laboratory facility supports activities to monitor and improve the health of the Bay. PWEC also sponsors excursions for youth and adults, free lecture programs, a Tilghman Tree Project, and partners with the Department of Natural Resources in its Maryland Grow Oysters project. PWEC enjoys wide support from local residents and watermen and, in turn, supports many community events. The Center was founded by a woman and has great appeal for girls groups who come during the school year and the summer. Believing that an informed woman scientist can be a powerful role model in the community, and that skills gained as an on-site science interpreter can help a young woman find her own career path, the Center hopes to add women interns to the staff for the summer months. This grant will support one intern for eight weeks. www.pwec.org

Rebuilding Together Caroline County - $2,000.00
Offering free home repair services for low-income residents in Caroline County

The Caroline County affiliate of Rebuilding Together is an entirely volunteer organization that provides free services to low-income elderly, disabled, veterans and families with children who face needed but unaffordable home repairs or improvements, to keep them living in their homes in comfort and safety. Since their founding in 2007, volunteers have completed over 103 home repair or modification projects for families, many of them headed by single women, and referred applicants to other agencies for help when appropriate. In addition, this affiliate operates the River Landing Salvage Depot where used building materials, architectural items, appliances and a variety of household items are sold, the income being used for the organization’s building projects. This Depot serves to re-purpose and re-cycle materials that might otherwise go into landfills, and to provide very inexpensive goods to families that can use them. This grant will go toward a building project(s) for one or more female clients. www.rebuildingtogethercaroline.org

Rebuilding Together Kent County - $2,000.00
Offering free home repair services for low-income residents in Kent County

The Kent County affiliate of Rebuilding Together has as its mission to work in partnership with local community volunteers to provide home repairs, accessibility modifications and links to community resources to keep low-income homeowners living independently in a safe, dry and warm home. They collaborate with at least eleven other community organizations and agencies, such as Kent County Social Services, the Health Department, Inter-Faith Housing, Washington College, and others, as well as many local businesses. Having completed over 106 projects in the last nine years, they currently have 15 projects on the waiting list, 13 of the applications are for women and/or community projects that will benefit women and children. This grant will go to the Kent County Rehabilitation Project and go directly toward project costs. www.rebuildingtogetherkcmd.org


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