Grantmaking Policies and Procedures              

As of January 2018, the Foundation will be accepting grant proposals on a rolling basis with a literacy-based focus that supports public education in the Baltimore area. We anticipate two meetings a year and intend to update the website and add information as the newly re-focused Foundation gains direction and makes grants.

The Foundation seeks to increase access to a quality education for Baltimore’s residents by supporting literacy initiatives. The Foundation’s current focus is on improving literacy in the Baltimore area. Preference will be given towards literacy initiatives targeting students in grades K-8 and early childhood. The Foundation defines literacy as the ability to read and to write in an increasingly digital world, to take in information from sources and to compose text in response.

Proposals and Inquiries should be addressed to the Executive Director; submissions will be acknowledged. If additional information about your proposal is needed, you will be contacted. Grantseekers will be notified of the Foundation’s decision in all cases. Direct grant proposals to  Please click the following link to download the application guidelines. 


Deborah T. Long, Executive Director
Rebekah T. Coleman, Director of Education and Policy
Rebecca Sirody, Grants Manager


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Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation

6225 Smith Avenue
Suite B100
Baltimore, Maryland

Phone: 410-415-7660

Guidelines for Application

Guidelines for Application

The Foundation makes grants to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501c(3) of the IRS code, organized and operated for charitable purposes. Grantseekers should submit a letter of inquiry or short proposal (no more than 3 – 5 pages) containing the following:

  • The purpose of the grant and the activities to be conducted during the grant period

  • An explanation of expected outcomes and plan for measuring the outcomes

  • The qualifications of the organization to carry out the proposed activities

  • The current budget of the organization and of the program(s) seeking support

  • A short budget narrative that outlines how the project funds will be divided between program, overhead and other administrative costs

  • Sources of support, either existing or anticipated

  • A list of board members and key staff

  • A copy of IRS letter of determination or information on fiscal agent

  • A copy of most recent audited financial report

  • A copy of most recent 990



The Foundation does not support or make grants in the following areas:

  • Individuals

  • Individual scholarship programs

  • Unsolicited proposals for scientific research

  • Finance deficits

  • Annual giving

  • Membership campaigns

  • Sponsoring fundraising events

  • Capital campaigns


6225 Smith Avenue

Suite B100

Baltimore, Maryland


Phone: 410-415-7660

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