Community Investment Tax Credits
The Community Investment Tax Credit Program (CITC) offers State tax credits to Maryland businesses and individuals that contribute to nonprofit organizations that are working to address critical needs in the State’s communities. Through the program, businesses and individuals that make a donation to qualified nonprofit organizations receive a valuable State tax credit, worth up to 50% of the value of their donation.
How does the program work?
- Nonprofit organizations apply for tax credit allocations competitively awarded by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Downtown Frederick Partnership has previously been awarded allocations of these credits. Please contact email@example.com to see if any credits are currently available.
- Individuals and businesses that donate $500 or more to the Partnership may be eligible to receive tax credits equal to 50% of the value of their donation. These tax credits may be claimed in addition to State and Federal deductions for charitable contributions.
- Credits must be used against taxes owed for the year in which the contribution is made. They may not be used retroactively for taxes from a prior year.
Who is eligible?
Any individual or entity that conducts a trade or business in the State of Maryland is eligible.
- Investment minimum is $500 (state requirement)
- Paperwork must be completed in advance of your investment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the required Donor Acknowledgement waiver.
- If previously invested in the Partnership, gift must be doubled from the previous year
- If gift has been doubled once while participating in program, you are excluded from previous requirement
- Downtown Frederick Partnership will provide credits for the total investment (previous investment plus increased investment)
Credits are sold on a first come first serve basis. For more information please call 301.698.8118 or email Leeann Crews at email@example.com.
Upcoming Downtown Events
The Downtown Frederick Light Walk features five creative lighting installations that will be on display every day through March 2024. DISCO GARAGE Taking the stairs has never been more fun. Boogie your way to the top in our stairwell full of mirror balls and multicolored lights. Location: in the southwest stairwell of the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage (Carroll Creek Way) STARLITE Modern starbursts dot the front of the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage, creating an eye-catching centerpiece along E Patrick St. Location: on the Patrick Street side of the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage (44 E Patrick St) LIGHT DROPS Always remember to look up. Curtains of light sway overhead, for your very own starry night in Downtown Frederick. Location: above the sidewalk that connects the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage to Maxwell Ave (near the rainbow fence) KALEIDOSCOPE A shimmering, color-changing tunnel of light creates the perfect photo op in Everedy Square & Shab Row. Location: Everedy Square & Shab Row, in the alleyway between The Frederick Basket Co (12 N East St) and Talbots (18 N East St) SNOWFALL Standing 16-feet-tall, the Snowfall tree casts a dazzling light across the main plaza of Everedy Square & Shab Row. […]
Downtown Frederick Light Walk
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice by Color on the Creek Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins in November each year, when a number of boats, transformed through the creative minds of many Frederick friends, set sail on the Creek. The fleet has grown from one boat the first year to 28 sailing boats and 2 land-locked boats in the 2023-24 season. The boats are anchored in Carroll Creek, between Market Street and Carroll Street. Learn more at coloronthecreek.com/sttws. The fleet includes gaff-rigged ketches, yawls, three-masted schooners, and pirate ships, moored with their sail outlines, rigging and decks lit up from dusk till dawn. If you can’t imagine it make sure to come by and take a look at the amazing flotilla! It’s not just fun! In addition to voting for your favorite boat ($1 per vote), many organizations are raising awareness and money for amazing causes. All proceeds raised will flow to Color On The Creek and each boat’s designated charity. The event runs from launch week in November through the second Saturday in March.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Spring is in the air! Visit Sweet Clover on March First Saturday to usher in springtime. This weekend is the launch of seasonal decor and fashions along with drink and herbed dip samples. You’ll also find a guest vendor or two, an Easter egg hunt, a Spring basket giveaway and a craft for the little ones 2 to 4 (open house).
Spring Welcome & Reveal @ Sweet Clover
Heritage Frederick will reopen to the public on March 1 at noon! Heritage Frederick invites you to mark your calendars, prepurchase your tickets, and/or stop in for a visit to the Museum of Frederick County History. Your admission ticket gives you access to SIX new exhibits, the house, and the garden. Museum hours after opening day are Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Exhibits @ Heritage Frederick
With the anticipation of spring, four women artists are brought together in the exhibition, “Light Of Day”, at Gallery 322. For the month of March, painters Carol Cowie, Jane Knighton, Karen Winston-Levin, and Deborah Lovelace Richardson will be showing their latest works. All of the landscapes, still life, and figure paintings embrace the style of contemporary realism by capturing the play of light on the natural world.
Light of Day @ Gallery 322
Play games with us! We have a comfortable venue space located in Downtown Frederick. We offer a selection of tabletop games such as Carcassonne for your enjoyment. Hot tea and snacks are made freely available. Donations are appreciated. Free parking is available in the parking lot immediately after 121 W. Patrick St and on W. Patrick St. proper. Please note that we are on the second floor with 18 steps to navigate.
Tabletop Game Night @ UNESCO BMW Center
In 1905, Esther, a proud but shy black seamstress, sews intimates for her clientele. She’s saved quite a bit making beautiful undergarments for both posh Fifth Avenue boudoirs and upscale bordellos, all while daydreaming of romance and new beginnings. This show was written by two-time Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Sierra Young.
Intimate Apparel @ The MET
The Comedy Pigs are the region’s longest-running improv troupe. You can see them on the first Friday & Saturday of every month for hilarious shows filled with a series of fun short-form improv games.
The Comedy Pigs at MET Comedy Night @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Whether it’s a cutting board, etched wine glasses, hand-turned bottle stoppers or pitchers, tumblers and mugs, you can enjoy your favorite food and beverage in locally made housewares and accessories. Check out all the great gifts for the foodie in your life at The Gift gallery at The Delaplaine Arts Center.
Bites & Bevs @ The Delaplaine Gift Gallery
In this class kids will learn about Afro Peruvian dance such as Zamacueca, Festejo, including the main instruments Cajon, Cajito, and Quijada. It will finish with a few minutes of mindfulness. And special Peruvian Alfajores cookies after class.
Kids Afro Fusion Dance Class @ The Center
First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. March First Saturday is presented with support from Renewal by Andersen LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check back as the date gets closer for a list of specific activities, or visit our events calendar to see what’s happening today. Bites & Bevs @ The Delaplaine Gift Gallery | 9am-5pm | 40 S Carroll St Kids Afro Fusion Dance Class @ The Center Sound • Mind • Body | 9am-10am | 28 E 6th St Chance to Win 8-Piece Barware Set @ The Kitchenette | 10am-6pm | 217 N Market St Modern Dance class @ The Center Sound • Mind • Body | 11am-12:30pm | 28 E 6th St […]
March First Saturday
Visit The Kitchenette on March First Saturday and enter to win a FREE 8-piece barware set valued at $70! No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing, but with every pack of cocktail napkins purchased on Saturday, you will get an additional chance to win. The winner will be selected on Sunday, March 3.
Chance to Win 8-Piece Barware Set @ The Kitchenette
Express yourself through creative movement. Join Amanda for a dance class custom-built for adults; she will focus on understanding our bodies, increasing our capacity for self-expression, and learning how to make movement interesting without relying on tricks, gimmicks, filters, or trends. Introductory level, perfect for beginners and retired dancers who feel like beginners.
Modern Dance Class @ The Center
Spend March First Saturday browsing art at Frederick Arts Council’s Hurwitz Gallery touring 25 individual Artist Studios. On the First Saturday of each month, visitors are invited to tour the studios to see artists at work and engage with 3 floors of art. The Gallery is located at 1 N Market Street and Studios are located at 7 N Market Street. Currently on display is Dreamscapes Unveiled, a showcase of work by FAC Studio Artists; Particles and Waves by artist Becky Borlan, and Reflections on the Human Condition by artist Esperanza Alzona. Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) office hours will be held between 1-3pm and 5-7pm. Stop and chat with MSAC administrators!
Open Studios @ Frederick Arts Council
Want an instant cocktail? Try this Quince & Pomegranate White Balsamic mixer: Add 1 oz. to sparkling wine, or make this zinger: 1oz Quince & Pomegranate Balsamic, 1oz. Vodka & 4 oz. sparkling water. Come try it on March First Saturday!
Fusti Tap: Quince & Pomegranate White Balsamic
Luv Pup and The Green K9 are joining forces to present a Pop-Up Pet Nail Trim offering in front of Luv Pup, at 119 E Patrick St from 12 PM – 4 PM on March First Saturday. The price is $20 per pet for all size dogs and cats alike. While you’re there, check out Luv Pup and let your pup socialize in their courtyard/backyard area! Treats and fun for all!