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Grant Guidelines

Grant requests must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Grants are for organizations serving the states of Maryland and surrounding areas.  In Maryland, the primary focus is in the geographic areas listed below:

    • Baltimore City

    • Baltimore County

    • Carroll County

    • Frederick County

    • Howard County

  • The Kahlert Foundation makes grants in the areas of health care, education, youth programs, veteran organizations, and human services.

  • Organizations must submit their 501(c)(3) document under the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Organizations must be rated by Guidestar with a strong preference for organization with at least a Silver Seal of Transparency. The Kahlert Foundation will look most favorably on those organizations with a Platinum Seal of Transparency.  The Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that spend a high percentage of their funds on programs and service, not administration and fund raising.

  • Grant requests must improve the quality of life of individuals and communities, with measurable results.

  • Grants may be awarded for capital campaigns, special projects or programs, and general operations.

  • Grant requests must show a need for the request, its impact, and effectiveness.

  • Organizations need to demonstrate good leadership, financial stability, and a minimum history of 2 years of existence.

  • Grants may be for one year or multi-year.

  • New grantees are required to complete a Letter of Intent prior to being considered for a grant. The review process for new grantees may take 90 days or more. Please take that into consideration when applying for a grant.  

  • While the foundation may make grants for several years to an organization there are no guarantees of funding in perpetuity.

  • We do not accept unsolicited Sponsorship Requests for events through our grants management system. 

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