The Charitable Trust supports programs that contribute to the quality of life in Charles County. We fund programs that keep our communities strong, diverse and vibrant.
The Charitable Trust is dedicated to improving the health and effectiveness of nonprofits serving Charles County.
Every year the Charitable Trust conducts an evaluation of the Nonprofit Grant Awards Program with a view to introducing improvements as appropriate. The goal from the outset has been to assure an even playing field for applicants.
The guidelines for the upcoming cycle – for Fiscal Year 2021, starting on July 1, 2020 – will be posted here as soon as they are ready.
The information will include:
By its nature, grant-seeking is a competitive process. With this factor taken into account, the Charitable Trust strives to keep the playing field as level as possible for applicants. One way we do this is by establishing and publishing clear criteria and guidelines applicable to all grant aspirants. We also treat every application the same. Each one submitted is first looked over by staff to ensure its completeness and the applicant’s eligibility. It then gets assigned to a panel along with a small group of other proposals. The panel members all read each application and meet to discuss and score them. The recommendations and scoring decisions made at the panel meetings are then aggregated. The next step in the process requires each member of the Charitable Trust’s Board of Directors to read all the applications and review the aggregated list of recommendations and scoring decisions. The Board then meets in a plenary session for the sole purpose of determining the grant recipients and the amount of the awards.