Freddie Mac Foundation

What is Freddie Mac Foundation Grants?

The Freddie Mac Foundation awards grants to provide funds for programs that focus in areas of strengthening families, youth development, foster care and adoption.

Who are eligible for Freddie Mac Foundation Grants?

Applicants must pass the criteria for eligibility established by the Foundation’s board of directors:

  • The Foundation does not support organizations that discriminate in their provision of services or in practices of employment based on color, race, religion, sex, ethnicity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and other characteristics protected by applied law. The policy does not hinder funding programs that meet the specific needs of populations that are based on age, gender, ethnicity, disability or national origin. The organizations will be requested to attest to this fact.
  • Applicants must be tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3 and 509(a) and defined as public charity.

Unless the board approves, the Foundation will not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Training/promotion of religious doctrine
  • Incurring a loan liability
  • Endowment campaigns

The Freddie Mac Foundation is prohibited by IRS regulations to invest in capital projects such as renovation or construction or related projects wherein the foundation has to provide credit enhancement. The Foundation funds are not used for political activity or lobbying.

Geographic Areas

The following metropolitan Washington, DC areas are served by the Foundation’s grants program:

  • District of Columbia;
  • Virginia – the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Falls Church, Alexandria, Manassas Park, and Leesburg;
  • Maryland – the counties of Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Howard and Prince George’s.

Also available for funding: statewide initiatives in Virginia and Maryland and programs with a national scope.

How to apply for Freddie Mac Foundation Grants?

Programs that meet one or more of the outcomes of the Foundation will be considered for its funding. Applicants must know that $50,000 is the limit for unsolicited requests. $50,000 grant requests are by invitation only. To request for a renewal submit the previous year’s grant report.

  • Direct Service Projects and General Operating Support – The request for this application must have primary goals of providing immediate services to the youth, children and their families.
  • Public Awareness/Education – The projects for this application should have the primary intent to raise public awareness and in promoting issues on education related to one of the Foundation outcomes.
  • Capacity Building – The organizations for this application should seek to increase the effectiveness and enhancement of their sustainability.

This fourth type of application is only by invitation:

  • Capital Projects – The funding is capital support for new acquisitions, construction, major equipment purchases and renovations.

Where to send applications for Freddie Mac Foundation Grants?

Mail attachments only to the following address:

Freddie Mac Foundation
c/o Grants Manager
8250 Jones Branch Drive
Mail Stop A40
McLean, VA 22102-3110

For more information on Freddie Mac Foundation, contact:

Please direct questions about the online application go directly to our online consultant, using the e-mail links of the application.

For specific inquiries about the grantmaking program, call the Foundation at (703) 918-8888 or email the Foundation.

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