Community Foundation Awards $126,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD presented its 2018 responsive grants to 21 local nonprofits at the Discovery Station on March 15. Total dollars for this year’s grants equaled $126,415. The Foundation has granted more than $1 million since this program’s inception 15 years ago.

The grants committee awarded grants to Washington County nonprofits and programs focused on the development of a stronger community through programs addressing the following areas: Family Stability including financial literacy, employment, housing and basic needs; Youth Development with a focus on mentoring, advocacy and mental health; and Arts, recreation and educational opportunities with some emphasis on the under-served.Grants grpResources for the responsive grants come from the growth and earnings of established Community Funds at the Foundation as well as a partnership with the Pauline Anderson Foundation. The Foundation presented grants to the following 23 programs:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: $6,800 to expand its site-based mentoring program
  • Boys & Girls Club: $10,000 for ProjectSMART
  • Brook Lane Health Services: $1,000 for SELF (trauma-informed group program)
  • C&O Canal Trust: $2,500 for Canal classrooms
  • CFWC Imagination Library: $5,000 for books to children birth to five
  • Community Free Clinic: $10,000 towards YOLO (Youth Overcoming Life’s Obstacles)
  • Community Free Clinic: $10,000 for HOPE (Holistic Healing Program)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates: $4,568 for advocacy services for children
  • Discovery Station: $5,000 towards Discovery Town exhibit
  • Doleman Black History Museum: $9,164 for museum enhancements & updates
  • Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry: $1,125 towards hunger relief
  • Ft. Ritchie Community Center: $5,572 towards a summer transportation program
  • Girls Inc. of Wash. Co.: $5,625 for Kids, Integrating, Developing, Succeeding
  • Hagerstown YMCA: $8,000 for Hancock Open Doors Summer Camp
  • Hospice of Wash. Co.: $1,406 for Camp Hope ‘N’ Cope
  • Interfaith Service Coalition: $4,000 towards Adventures in Friendship Camp
  • Maugansville Fire Co.: $1,725 for fire prevention & education
  • MD Food Bank-Western Branch: $3,750 for the WCPS pantry program
  • REACH of Washington County: $10,000 for rapid rehousing
  • San Mar Children’s Home: $7,500 for Collective Impact 2018
  • Star Community: $3,600 for Character Reins
  • WCMFA: $4,680 for middle school art education classes
  • Western MD FCA: $5,400 for nutrition services for Power Camp