Nonprofits Encouraged to Inquire about Grant Program

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The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) is encouraging local nonprofits to submit Letters of Inquiry for programs or projects that may qualify for grants from the Foundation’s Small Grants Program.

The Community Foundation’s Small Grants Program provides support to address a wide range of needs including pilot projects, emergencies, organizational improvement and capacity building/technical assistance.  Grants range on average from $200 – $2,000 with larger requests invited after consultation with staff.

A letter of inquiry in the CFES’ requested format is required for all requests. Unsolicited applications to the Small Grants Program will not be considered. Following an initial review by the CFES staff, requests to the Small Grants Program will be referred to the appropriate CFES Fund which may have additional application requirements.

There is no deadline for submission.  Letters of inquiry are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Please contact Erica Joseph, CFES Vice President, Community Investment, at or call 410-742-9911.

About The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore: Celebrating 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties granting more than $50 million.  Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5.4 million in fiscal year 2013. CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarships, grants, advocacy and leadership development.  By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development and the environment.  For more information, please visit or call 410-742-9911.