Monocacy Foundation Grant

Community Living

Grant amount: Up to US $4,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 5, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Frederick County, Maryland

Location of residency: United States

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Monocacy Foundation Grant

A natural outgrowth of Community Living’s mission, The Monocacy Foundation was established in 1995 to provide money to persons with developmental disabilities to cover some expenses not otherwise funded.

Examples of these expenses include:

  • Vacations
  • Senior day care program fees
  • Burial expenses
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Pet ownership costs
  • Adaptive or specialized medical equipment
  • Interpreters for the Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Specialized medical care
  • Employment training

While many of the above are not critical needs, for most of us they are important for overall well-being and satisfaction. The same is also true for persons with developmental disabilities of all ages.

Community Living has always scrambled to find funds not provided through traditional sources (state government, United Way, HUD, etc.) in order to provide “extra necessities” for its residents. The same is true for individuals and families caring for those with disabilities. Sometimes contributions arrived earmarked for those extras, but not nearly often enough. What could be done to bridge this funding gap?

The bridge-building began with a gift of real estate from the late Donald Hiltner and his wife, Winnie. The Hiltners, retired furniture store owners and Donald a former alderman for the City of Frederick, understood that financial stability is central any successful endeavor, and they wanted to back a local organization’s efforts to help their neighbors with disabilities. A family member directed the Hiltners to Community Living, and the basis for a new endowment fund was created.

The Hiltners’ gift became the Community Living Foundation, and funds realized from the endowment were designated for Community Living residents only. However, a year later, it was clear that the developmentally disabled community as a whole would benefit from the endowment. So to reflect this change of outreach and purpose, the fund was renamed The Monocacy Foundation. Since 2001, the Fund has been a participant of the Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Grants for Organizations

As a natural outgrowth of Community Living’s mission, The Monocacy Foundation was established in 1995 to provide funds to help bridge the funding gap to Frederick County citizens who have an intellectual/developmental disability. Grants are given to meet medical, educational, and recreational needs or wishes not covered by other funding sources. Organizations supporting those with intellectual/developmental disabilities may apply for a grant.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organizations.


  • Grant requests for respite care will not be accepted

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