The Straus Foundation funds almost exclusively in the Baltimore metropolitan region.

Grants are not given to individuals or to endowment campaigns.

The Foundation gives strongest consideration to projects which attempt to influence the spending of public funding streams in more effective ways.

The Foundation strongly encourages all nonprofit organizations to use vendors in Baltimore City or the State of Maryland for their business or research-related contracts.

The Foundation encourages all nonprofit organizations to encourage their employees or clients to access the Earned Income Tax Credit and all other benefits for which they might be eligible.


After carefully determining whether your proposal is consistent with the Straus Foundation’s programmatic priorities and grantmaking policies, send a brief letter of intent. If the Foundation wishes to see a full proposal, using the downloadable Common Grant Application Form, you will be notified.

Grants will be awarded three times a year and proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.