The Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report

The Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report, a result of the Community Foundation's 2010 strategic plan, was a collaborative community project. We set out to find the most urgent community needs and to realign our grantsmaking into a proactive and strategic process.

FCAA Housing First Client
Frederick Community Action Agency’s Housing First Program provides subsidized permanent supportive housing for people who are disabled and/or chronically homeless. This man, a Housing First resident, has benefited from the program, which was supported by a grant from The Basic Human Needs Strategic Initiatives Fund.


In an effort to align donors with their desire to help with the greatest needs in the community, we retained the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance - Jacob France Institute of the University of Baltimore, with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. The research covered all areas of human services and created benchmarks to track and measure the impact of strategic grantsmaking.

Strategic Grantsmaking

The Board of Trustees, after careful review of the research results, decided to focus on three areas and created three funds:

  • The Health Care Strategic Initiatives Fund - for access to health care for those who are uninsured and under-insured
  • The Children and Youth Strategic Initiatives Fund - for school readiness for children, age birth to 5
  • The Basic Human Needs Strategic Initiatives Fund - for housing, with emphasis on those newly homeless and those precariously housed

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Laura McCullough
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Since 2011 when the first strategic grants were made, more than $1.6 million has been invested into supporting these areas. Visit the strategic grants page to learn more.

The project would not have been possible without the following funding partners:

  • Ausherman Family Trust
  • Delaplaine Foundation
  • PNC
  • United Way of Frederick County

The Future

A new human needs assessment is currently underway, and the new data from the 2017 study will be used to identify Frederick County's current greatest needs. The Community Foundation will remain proactive in its leadership role and continue to partner with other local entities and nonprofits to address and positively impact these needs.

Needs Assessment Documents

The 2011 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment documents are available below:

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