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.
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 the Partnership to see if any credits are currently available.
Entities that donate directly to nonprofits receive tax credits equal to 50 percent of the value of the donation. These tax credits may be claimed in addition to State and Federal deductions for charitable contributions.
Entities must start using the credits against taxes owed for the year in which the contribution is made. If the credits exceed the taxes owed, the excess credits may be carried over for up to five years following the tax year in which the contribution was made. Credits may not be used retroactively against taxes owed for years prior to the year in which the contribution is made.
Who is eligible for the program?
Any entity conducting business or operating a trade in or individual residing in Maryland is eligible.
- Investment minimum is $500 (state requirement)
- 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 Danielle Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Downtown Events
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice by Color on the Creek Annually, Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins in November, 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 about 25 boats in 2020. Learn more at coloronthecreek.com. 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. We vote for our favorites – $1 per vote. All proceeds raised will flow to Color On The Creek and other participating Frederick County based charities. The event runs from launch week in November through the first weekend in February, when Downtown Frederick celebrates February First Saturday: Fire in Ice. * 2021 update: The fleet will remain sailing an extra month this year! Boats will remain on display through Saturday, March 13.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
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This winter, the Frederick Arts Council will present a print exhibition entitled “A Mutual Interest,” including recent works by artists Johnny Carrera, Terrence Hannum, Suzy Kopf, Priyanka Kumar, Rebecca Marimutu, Lisa Sheirer, Rhonda Smith and Corrine Wilson. The exhibition’s title and environmental theme are inspired by Lady Bird Johnson’s words: “The environment is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” The show will run from December 5th, 2020, until February 27th, 2021, on the first floor of the Arts Council’s 5 E. 2nd Street art center. “A Mutual Interest” will open with a reception on December 5th from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Visitors will be required to wear masks and abide by social distancing regulations, and coffee & breakfast refreshments will be served outdoors. “Even in the midst of COVID-19, we are grateful to have these talented artists reminding us of the beauty of our environment, and the importance of preserving it,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council. “This inaugural print show will be the first of many exhibits showcasing local and regional artists at our […]
“A Mutual Interest” Print Show
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Love Local this February We’re declaring February “LOVE LOCAL” month for Downtown Frederick! Join us in this month-long celebration by showing your love for small businesses, your love for local and your love for our community. You could even find yourself celebrating with an extra $250 in your pocket to spend at your favorite downtown business! Love Letters for Local (February 1-28, 2021) This February, let our businesses know how much you love them! Write a simple love letter to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love… and you could find yourself walking home with a $250 gift card to spend at your favorite business. How it works: • Write a love letter for a Downtown Frederick business during the month of February (Not sure which businesses are eligible? Just make sure they’re listed in our directory: downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown) • Make sure to include the BUSINESS NAME and YOUR EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER on the outside of your letter or envelope (We’ll need your contact info to reach you if you’re our lucky gift card winner!) • Drop it in one of our special “Love Letters for Local” mailboxes at 30 N Market St or 12 N East St (No postage […]
Love Letters for Local
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Celebrate love at the Pop Shop with February’s Brownies for Etta and Brownie. Learn more here. ALL of the proceeds from our brownie creations will go to The Frederick Rescue Mission during the month of February. Be sure to try a Brownie Stuffed Shake, a Brownie Freddy, or any brownie sweet treat combination! Not into brownies…? Stay tuned we will be doing a Teddy Bear Drive in Etta and Brownies Honor for the local Pediatric and NICU at Frederick Health Hospital, their bears are in short supply since the pandemic started!
Brownies for Etta & Brownie
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DISTRICT Arts Presents “A Symphony in Pastel”, soft pastel paintings by Jean Hirons. For Jean, painting with soft pastels is a means of connecting to the things she loves—the natural world, architecture that delights her, and harmonious color. The pure pigment colors of pastel really sing! She describes herself as a “painterly realist” because her subjects are grounded in reality but her color palettes are often of her choosing. An avid amateur pianist, Jean sees the similarities between art and music. Both begin with solid compositions, then take wing with color, harmony, texture and surprise. In this featured show at DISTRICT Arts, Jean includes paintings from Washington, DC, Frederick, MD and the C&O Canal. Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Artists. This exhibition runs from February 3 through February 28 and is free and open to the public. Visit DistrictArts.com for gallery hours. To maintain the safety, health, and wellness of our visitors, we require that masks be worn at all times within the gallery. In addition, occupancy will be limited to 10 visitors at a time with social distancing observed during the visits.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “A Symphony in Pastel”
Travel with us to some of the nation’s best art museums without having to put on your snow boots or face mask! Just hop online the third and fourth Fridays in January and February for a one-hour live tour of museums around the country and their collections. Space for each tour is limited and registration is required. Information on how to access the tours will be provided to registered participants about one week before each tour. COST: $12 per tour ($10 for members). The Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday, January 15 • 11 am–12 pm Enjoy highlights of the Met’s collection of more than 5,000 years of art from around the world! Register The National Museum of Women in the Arts Friday, January 22 • 11 am–12 pm Explore featured works from the only major museum in the world dedicated solely to women in the arts. Register The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Friday, February 19 • 11 am–12 pm See highlights of the internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Register The Grand Rapids Art Museum Friday, February 26 • 11 am–12 pm Tour the showcase exhibition on impressionist and Grand Rapids artist, Mathias J. Alten: An Enduring Legacy. […]
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Located at 331 N Market St. A weekly outdoor bazaar featuring a variety of vendors and products, each Saturday through February 27. More information: instagram.com/downtownsaturdaybazaar
Downtown Saturday Bazaar
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Frederick Restaurant Week features unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. From March 1-7, participating restaurants throughout the county will be serving up unique multi-course meals at appetizing prices. Restaurants will offer a variety of menus for indoor, outdoor and to-go dining. Visit an old favorite or try something new… Frederick County is full of delicious dining options! All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.frederickrestaurantweek.com. Restaurant Week pricing key (menus coming soon…) $: $15 – $19 $$: $20 – $29 $$$: $30 – $39 $$$$: $40+ Participating Restaurants: 200 Monroe (200 Monroe Ave) / reservations: online / offering: to-go Brewer’s Alley (124 N Market St) / reservations: call (301) 631-0089 / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Bushwaller’s GastroPub (209 N Market St) / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Carriage House Inn (200 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg) / reservations: online / offering: to-go | indoor Cellar Door (5 E Church St) / reservations: online / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Dempsey’s Grille (116 W Main St, Middletown) / offering: to-go | indoor Firestone’s Culinary Tavern (105 N Market St) / […]
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ORDER IN • HELP OUT We’re challenging the Frederick community to order takeout from a local restaurant at least once a week. Whether it’s a Takeout Tuesday, or any other day of the week! It’s no secret that many local eateries are struggling right now. Ordering in or picking up a good meal is a satisfying way to show support — there’s gratitude in every bite. Visit the Facebook event to see everyone’s favorite meals, specials and to-go experiences.
Frederick’s Takeout Tuesday
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Emerging artist Nevada Tribble, from Elkins, WV, creates thread drawings and paper sculptures to reimagine hope and familiarity. She is a recent graduate of Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV. Nevada says “My work is about hope, and how it is manifested in the past and present of my surroundings. I like to imagine memory as a residue that sticks to things, giving them a tangible and subjective history. In my work I capture the things that remind me to hope, the things with layered memories of what is good, and the moments that make up those memories. “I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool, moving my paper under the needle as I stitch to make marks with the thread. Sewing has been a part of my life for a long time as a practical skill. I like that it references that practicality as a drawing medium, alluding to the power to mend and alter.” This exhibition runs from March 3 through March 28 and is free and open to the public. Visit DistrictArts.com for gallery hours.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “Around the Block”
Thacher & Rye is partnering with local wine makers, brewers, and distillers every Wednesday for special 3-course dinners and pairings. Visit exploretock.com/thacherrye for tickets. Dinner Schedule February 3 • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company February 10 • Big Cork Vineyards February 17 • Attaboy Brewery February 24 • Denizens Brewing March 3 • Frederick Restaurant Week March 10 • McClintock Distilling March 17 • Flying Dog Brewery for St. Patrick’s Day April 7 • Monocacy Brewing
Love Local Wednesdays at Thacher & Rye
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The artists of Gallery 322 are inspired by spring, and the energy it brings — a New Leaf of creativity, and reawakening of color in the world, and in the work we do. This spring group show features artists Michael Douglas Jones, Jan Kaufman, Linda Kirvan, Ann Schaefer, Anne Gibson Snyder, Russell Schofield, and Homer Yost, along with associate artists Roberta Staat, Tom Ritchie, Leo Ramos, Lissa Abrams, and Karen Winston-Levin. Gallery 322 is operating with adjusted hours during COVID-19: Friday 5-7PM, Saturday and Sunday 1-5PM, and of course, open by appointment. More info gallery322.com.
“A New Leaf” the Spring Show
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On Saturday, March 6, we welcome March Featured Artist Courtney Prahl, who will be doing a live painting demo!
Demo Days: Live Painting Demo with Courtney Prahl
Celebrate International Women’s Day with expert speakers, violin and piano performances, fabric design, doll making, theatrical dance, yoga instruction, and inner peace meditation via Sahaja Yoga. More than ever, we need your solidarity in these humanitarian programs to help us move forward for our planet and ALL people! What better day than Women’s Day to find the best of humanity in each one of us?! Hosted by UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club. Please sign up at unescobmw.org or simply click on this Zoom link at 12 noon EST on March 7th to join. Join us on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5088630557?pwd=ckdBQVFieVdxMUFtd3g0VExsN00vUT09
International Women’s Day
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Join us on Sunday, March 7 at 5pm for our virtual event with Kate Albus. Kate will be in conversation with Melinda Beatty to discuss her first middle-grade novel, A Place to Hang the Moon. This event is free but registration is required. Click the tickets link below to reserve your spot. About the book: For fans of The War That Saved My Life and other World War II fiction, A Place to Hang the Moon is the tale of three orphaned siblings who are evacuated from London to live in the countryside with the secret hope of finding a permanent family. Book is recommended for ages 8-12.
Kate Albus: A Place to Hang the Moon
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 13, Kellie Ketron of Sally Forth Supply Co. will be doing a live demonstration showing how she waxes her handmade aprons!
Demo Days: Live demo with Kellie Ketron
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 20th, Michelle Quader of Elemental Findings will be joining us for a live jewelry-making demo!
Demo Days: Live Jewelry-Making demo with Michelle Quader