Applying For A Grant

We make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations and agencies in Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland and in Mineral County West Virginia. We do not make grants to individuals. To apply for a grant complete the following form and attachments. (Please address any questions to or by phone at 301-876-9172.)


General Grant Application

Grants Application Cycle

CTF’s grant cycle concludes on February 28th each year.
Applications must be received by that date in order to be considered for that fiscal year.

Submit your application by mail to:

Community Trust Foundation, Inc.
112 Baltimore Street, Suite 201
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

Application packages may also be submitted electronically to Leah Shaffer at Packages post-marked after the final date of each cycle will be considered in the following cycle.

Grant Report Form

One year after receiving the grant, Grantees will complete and return a Grant report form to document the use and impact of awarded funds for the CTF Board of Trustees.

The Community Trust Foundation (CTF) serves as a community leader in philanthropy by raising, managing and distributing funds to address identified needs in Allegany and Garrett Counties, Maryland and in Mineral County, West Virginia. We partner with area non-profits and donors to make effective grants and enable local citizens to generate local solutions in their communities. We make grants to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to building better, stronger, more vital communities in the region.


Since our inception in 2006, CTF has awarded over $6 million in grants, building stronger more vibrant communities. CTF grants support; the arts, education, historical preservation, health and wellness and building a thriving environment. We are committed to identifying high priority needs and opportunities to make a significant positive impact on the community. CTF grants are typically used to provide start-up or short-term funding to innovative projects designed to meet emerging needs or with creative solutions to longer term issues.



“While we can’t go back and create a new beginning in anyone’s life, with your help we can insure positive endings more often for more people in our community.” 

~Vic Rezendes, CTF Board Member

Building stronger, more vibrant communities is more than our slogan. It is what we do.
  Since our inception, we have awarded over $6 million in grants that in turn are shaping our community’s future with strategic investments.  About half of our grants focus on education and preparing our children to be future leaders.  We are also committed to improving the economic vitality of our area with over 40 percent of our grants going to the arts and historical preservation.  The remaining grants focus on health and wellness and improving the quality of life and environment.

A Focus on our Region

CTF targets funding in Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland, and in Mineral County in West Virginia.  To learn more about some of our recent activity in these areas, please click on one of the links below or in the sidebar to the right…


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How does CTF benefit the region it serves?

  • We make grants to qualifying organizations in support of the region’s historical heritage, art community, animal welfare, environmental education and preservation, wellness, culture, education and overall quality of life.
  •   We assist local organizations with their funding needs to help them develop their services.
  •   We help local organizations through our grants to leverage Federal and State funding.
  •   We serve as an advocacy group for the community with federal, state and local policy makers.
  •   We provide financial assistance to qualified local students through our Scholarship funds.