Frequently Asked Questions: CPCF Grant Program

1. Who Can Apply for a Grant?

Any charitable organization whose projects or goals directly impact the residents of College Park.

2. Does my organization need to be located in College Park?

No. But the project funded by the grant has to benefit residents of College Park.

3. Does our application need to be related to a specific project?

Yes. CPCF does not provide funding for general operations funding. Also, the application must relate to a new project, and not an ongoing project.

4. Can we apply for funds with a partner organization?

Yes, but one organization must be the fiscal sponsor. This organization has to be responsible for accessing and reporting on the funds, and must meet the eligibility requirements. Any partner organizations should be described in the application. In addition, their commitment should be demonstrated with the inclusion of a letter of support.

5. Does our organization have to be 501(c)3 organization?

No, but your organization does need to be a charitable organization. And, if you do not have nonprofit status you must partner with a fiscal sponsor who has 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) designation. CPCF’s status as a component fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region requires that funds may only be released to 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) organizations.

6. My organization already received a grant. Can we apply for another?

Yes, but your application needs to be for a new project, or for a new aspect of a project we have already funded.

7. How much can we apply for?

The minimum grant award is $250. The maximum is currently set at $1000.

8. When will I hear if my application was successful?

Depending on the number of applicants, the grant approval process is typically complete by early November.