FREDERICK, MD – June 28, 2023: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County announces that 28 grants totaling $270,000 have been presented to 22 area nonprofits serving women and their dependents. The grants are provided from The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund, one of more than 770 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The FY2023 grants bring the Women’s Giving Circle grant total to more than $2.4 million since the first grants were distributed. The organization was formed in 2006 and provides opportunities for donors to promote and support programs that enable and empower women in challenging situations to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of those for whom they are responsible. The Women’s Giving Circle brings people together who share similar philanthropic goals to benefit women’s needs, and the organization has grown to include more than 400 members.
Funding priorities for FY2023 focused on supporting women’s efforts to become self-sufficient, understanding that encouragement and financial assistance are compelling factors in restoring stability and hope. The following nonprofits received grants:
Aavanee received a $9,500 grant to provide workforce training and job placement to female head of households, women returning to the workforce, and newly immigrated women.
Advocates for Homeless Families received a $5,000 grant to provide transportation support facilitating access to education and employment for women experiencing homelessness and a $3,000 grant to provide emergency financial assistance for women and their children experiencing homelessness.
Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc. received a $9,000 grant to provide assistive devices for low-income senior women to improve quality of life and independence.
Andrea’s House, Inc. received a $15,000 grant to provide housing and transportation support for women with children in recovery.
Centro Hispano de Frederick received a $17,200 grant to support its “Entre Mujeres” program that offers life skills, educational information, coaching, and advocacy to help Limited English Proficiency women and mothers overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership received an $8,700 grant to provide scholarships to women who are impacted by incarceration and a $6,000 grant to provide financial literacy education to women who are impacted by incarceration.
Frederick Community College Foundation received a $6,000 grant for its Project Forward Step program to provide support for nontraditional women students or single mothers to help them acquire an education and an $8,000 grant for its Parents Lead Program to provide childcare scholarships for low-income women who are student-parents while they pursue their education.
Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. received a $10,000 grant for its Faith House Program in support of a program specialist to provide case management services to women and children.
Heartly House received a $20,000 grant to provide emergency offsite shelter and rental assistance to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and/or human trafficking.
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick received an $8,000 grant to provide childcare support for mothers seeking to exit poverty and an $8,000 grant to support women’s efforts to move forward by making transportation costs more affordable.
Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. received a $16,000 grant to support tutoring, community class, and parent literacy programs helping women gain self-sufficiency through improved English and life skills.
Mission of Mercy, Inc. received a $20,000 grant to provide medical and dental care and prescription medications for uninsured and underinsured women.
Partners in Care Maryland, Inc. received an $8,000 grant to support a safety net of services that allow senior women to age-in-place and stay active in their communities.
Second Chances Garage, Inc. received an $8,000 grant to provide financial assistance to economically vulnerable women for the maintenance of their vehicles and an $8,000 grant to provide refurbished vehicles to this group of women.
Seton Center, Inc. received a $2,500 grant to provide transportation support for economically vulnerable women in Northern Frederick County.
Spanish Speaking Community of MD, Inc. received an $8,000 grant to support low-income, limited English proficient women in applying for rental assistance programs and obtaining housing.
Supporting Older Adults through Resources, Inc. (SOAR) received an $8,000 grant to provide financial support, education, navigation resources and direct assistance to older female (65+) caregivers who are caring for spouse, grandchildren, or disabled children.
The Love for Lochlin Foundation, Inc. received a $9,500 grant to free vaccination clinics to Frederick County’s most vulnerable women, including stipend for nursing staff and case management services for women attending the clinics.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs received an $8,000 grant to provide emergency shelter and case management support for women and children experiencing homelessness and an $8,000 grant to provide homelessness prevention services for women and their families.
The Salvation Army received a $12,000 grant for its Pathway of Hope program providing case management services and housing support for women and their children.
United Way of Frederick County received a $5,000 grant to provide women-led ALICE households with free income tax services to yield maximum tax returns and credits and to support financial education and asset building programs for greater financial stability.
Women to Women Mentoring, Inc. received a $15,600 grant to support a workforce mentoring program for ALICE women and to support Women to Women Mentoring’s CORE Program, which provides mentoring support for single mothers and first-generation college students.