Grant Application Process

Timeline for 2021 Grant Cycle

  • Grant applications are available beginning December 1, 2020
  • Grant applications are due Sunday, January 31, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.
  • The Call, describing our grant programs being offered in 2021, will be available December 1, 2020.
  • A Grant Application Workshop will be held on November 9, 2020, by Zoom webinar and will be recorded for later viewing. A morning workshop will provide guidance and assistance to newer organizations including a one-on-one question/answer session. The afternoon session will describe the new grant programs for 2021 and provide important guidance on successfully completing our application.
  • Our electronic application will be available online beginning December 1.
  • Applications are due January 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
  • After careful evaluation, applications are voted on by the membership in mid-May 2021 and awards will be announced shortly thereafter.
  • Grants are awarded on July 1, 2021, and must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Apply Using Our Foundant Software

AAWGT uses grant management software called Foundant. All applicants are required to use this software and are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of training and support resources provided to help applicants get acquainted with the system.

Click on Using the Foundant Software (in menu at left) for instructions on how to apply for a grant using the Foundant software system. If you are not a prior applicant, you must first register your organization on the system. If you have applied in previous years, you may use the same account; do not create a new one.

Tips for Success in Applying for an AAWGT Grant

  • Read through the full Grant Proposal Guidelines to make sure your proposal qualifies. Please make sure your organization meets our mission of improving the quality of life of women and families in Anne Arundel County, and that the persons benefited by your grant are located in Anne Arundel County.
  • You can see (formerly The Foundation Center) for online resources for nonprofits including Grant Space which provides online and live training options at
  • The Edgewater Community Library has a local branch of Candid. There are also books available, both in reference, circulating, and online which provide relevant information. Their resources can be accessed at
  • Also see Tips for Writing AAWGT Grant Proposals (link in menu at top left). 
  • Pay attention to the deadlines as there are no exceptions made. Prepare and submit your application online no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 31, 2021. No changes may be made to the application after electronic submission.
  • Applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) organizations at the time they apply and when the grant is awarded.
  • All organizations must provide a Maryland Charity Registration Number or a copy of their Exempt Organization Fundraising Notice that was filed with the Maryland Secretary of State with their application. See Section by Section Grant Application Guidance (link in menu at top left) for further information.

2020 and Prior Grantees

AAWGT membership voted in 2020 to award $139,381 to nine nonprofit organizations supporting programs that improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County bringing AAWGT’s total dollars invested in County non-profits to over $1.2 million since 2007.

See list of all Grantees here.

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