ANCHR - ARPA Nonprofit Community Health and Recovery Grants Program

Providing Nonprofits with an Anchor in the Covid-19 Storm

On August 16, 2022 County Executive Jan Gardner announced the award recipients for the ANCHR grant program.  A full list of awards can be found here:  ANCHR Awards


Frederick County maintains a strong commitment to supporting the local nonprofits that provide much needed and valuable services and programs to vulnerable populations within the community. In continued work of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on its citizens, Frederick County is investing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in the nonprofit community.

The Frederick County ARPA Nonprofit Community Health and Recovery (ANCHR) grant program will allocate approximately $1,000,000 in funding to provide awards to eligible nonprofit 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) organizations impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impact.

For a full program description, including eligibility requirements and application information, continue reading below, or click HERE.

Anchor and life preserver

Program Overview

The ANCHR program is designed to support organizations, programs and activities that benefit Frederick County residents, and that address public health and economic challenges caused by the pandemic, including those that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic in Qualified Census Tracts.

Priority will be given to those nonprofit organizations that have not previously received other COVID-related relief funding, including, but not limited to, CARES Act, Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI), Frederick County Nonprofit Bounce Back or Jump Start grant programs, or ARPA project/program funding. 

Award Use

Awardees may use funding from the ANCHR grant awards for:

  • demonstrated need of operational expenses (resulting from revenue gaps/shortfalls and/or expense increases); or
  • to expand or create programs to serve the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Award Amounts

The grant awards for the ANCHR program will be based on an organization’s approved operating budget. Requests can range between $5,000 and $50,000, with a recommended target of 10% of the nonprofit organization’s annual budget for fiscal year 2021. 

Grant Period

Beginning with the execution of a grant agreement with Frederick County and ending no later than June 30, 2023.

Application Timeline

The County anticipates the following schedule for reviewing submitted applications and determining funding awards:

May 9, 2022                Release of ANCHR grant application

June 9, 2022                Deadline for ANCHR grant application submission

Summer 2022              ANCHR application submission review period, Announcement of awards, Grant agreement execution and Release of support funding

This project is being supported, in whole, by Federal award number SLFRP1623 awarded to Frederick County, Maryland by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  1. Eligibility Criteria
  2. Application Information & Required Documents 
  3. Help & Contact Information
  4. Grant Application Portal 

An organization is eligible for an award if it:

  • has a physical location/address in Frederick County and serves a majority (over 51%) of Frederick County citizens;
  • is in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation’s Personal Property Tax Division, and Frederick County Government; 
  • is in compliance with Federal, State and Local human rights laws (by self-attestation); 
  • was established prior to March 1, 2019, and plans to continue operating through at least June 30, 2023; and
  • has an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less.

Nonprofit organizations under an umbrella (or fiscal sponsor) are not eligible to apply.  The following types of nonprofit organizations are also ineligible: churches and religious organizations; fraternal and/or civic organizations; homeowner’s associations; labor unions