Community Organization Funding

The Community Organization Funding program is eligible to organizations that are included on the Board of County Commissioners “Recognized Non-Profit List” (Section 1-108 of the Code of Public Local laws) as established by the Board of County Commissioners. For information on how to make application for your organization to be included on this list please contact the County Attorney’s Office at 240-313-2230.

A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be mailed to all organizations on the Recognized Non-Profit List annually in the month of September. The due dates for the applications are typically in the 1st or 2nd week of October. The NOFA will instruct you on the procedures to seek funding and the opening and closing application dates for the funding application process. Funding applications cannot be accepted outside of these published dates.

Washington County Community Organization Funding (COF) was established to provide financial support to charitable organizations within Washington County that provide services which improve the community and quality of life for Washington County citizens.  Each year during the budgeting process, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will determine the allocation to be set a side for the Community Organization Fund.  The Office of Community Grant Management is responsible for the development and implementation of the Community Organization Funding including administration and oversight of the application, award process and management of grantees.

COF was developed to implement a prioritized approach to funding local non-profits based upon addressing the specific needs in the community.  In addition, the fund and its procedures were developed to ensure higher accountability programmatically and fiscally.  Emphasis is on efficient use of funds and achieving results-based programmatic outcomes which positively impact the community. 

The Community Organization Funding application packet is composed of the documents below. Each of these documents is in PDF format for which you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Click here to download a free, up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please carefully read the instructions. The application must be saved to your computer before you begin to complete the form. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the information you've entered.

For more information about Community Organization Funding, please contact:
James Hovis, Director
Washington County Office of Community Grant Management (OCGM)
100 West Washington Street, Rm. 2200
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 240-313-2040
Fax: 240-313-2091
Email James Hovis