Since our founding, Greenspring has aspired to give back by making meaningful financial and relational investments in our local communities. To further our stewardship efforts and commitment to charitable giving, we created the concept of the Greenspring Grant Program in 2012 to support the mission of local non-profits.

Now in its tenth year, this effort is completely employee-run and, each year allows a new team of individuals the rewarding (but very difficult!) task of selecting and awarding monies to worthy organizations. This year we are awarding a total of $100,000 in grant monies to organizations dedicated to economic and workforce development.

To date, our grant program has awarded $350,000. CLICK HERE for the 2021 press release.

2021 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all 2021 recipients! This year the GSA Grant Committee awarded a total of $50,000 to these five outstanding organizations serving the under-resourced.

Dress For Success Atlanta

Giving jobless women in metropolitan Atlanta the tools to get hired and get back to work

Forces United

Connecting service members, Veterans, and their families with programs & resources to mitigate crises, improve their lives and empower them to prosper in the community

Art with a Heart

Enhancing the lives of people in need through visual art, their program HeARTworks, uses visual art as a vehicle to teach job skills to the under-resourced.

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy by focusing on financial literacy/education, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs

Women and Families Ascending Association

WAFAA provides training for job applicants, anger management training, food, clothing, and notary services.

Cindy Mota, 2021 Grant Committee Chair

"It was a pleasure to be a part of this year’s grant committee which consisted of myself, Sean Anderson, and Casey Crawford. We took our time evaluating each application and carefully considered each organization’s vision, mission and needs. It was a difficult decision, as all these organizations are doing incredible things for our communities. The process was one of the most rewarding experiences."

Grant Guidelines

  • Grants are limited to organizations located in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia
  • Organizations must be focused on or have programs that address Workforce and Economic Development. Example include (but are not limited to):
    • job/skills education and training
    • job creation
    • entrepreneurship
    • developing and maintaining career pathways
    • growing internships and career opportunities
    • increasing financial literacy
  • Preference will be given to local organizations, rather than national organizations
  • We encourage and may be interested in opportunities for members of our team to get involved (e.g. volunteering, mentorship, board involvement, etc.)
  • At its sole discretion, Greenspring awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 based on the funding requested and the needs addressed.
  • Nonprofit Organizations certified tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service codes are encouraged to apply. Programs operating under the 501(c)3 of a fiscal sponsor may also apply.
  • Organizations may only submit one proposal for programs on an annual basis for consideration.

Funding Guidelines

The following are ineligible for application to the Greenspring Grant Program:

  • Debt retirement
  • Non 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Annual drives or annual giving campaigns
  • Government agencies or departments (including public schools, public recreation centers, etc.)
  • Membership, sponsorship or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or special events
  • Endowments or capital campaigns
  • Grants to individuals, including scholarships, sponsorships, camperships and other forms of financial aid and assistance
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Current Greenspring clients
  • Greenspring Grant recipients from the past 3 years

How To Apply

The application cycle for 2022 closed on August 31st.

Applicants may apply for a Greenspring Grant to support the general operations of their organization or a specific program or initiative. In either case, Greenspring requires that organizations complete the online application to apply for funding.

In partnership with local community foundations, all applications will be reviewed to determine if the organization qualifies under the stated guidelines. If the applicant qualifies and is in good order, our employee-run committee will determine the 2022 recipients. All applicants will be notified in early October 2022.

Are you a non-profit seeking more information about the Greenspring Grant Program?