Community Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD presented its 2017 responsive grants to 21 local nonprofits at the Washington County Community Action Council on March 16. Total dollars for this year’s grants equaled $116,908. The Foundation has granted more than $1 million since this program’s inception 14 years ago.  Grant recs

The grants committee awarded grants to Washington County nonprofits and programs based on the following funding statement: “The Community Foundation’s Responsive Grants will focus on the development of a stronger community through programs related to youth development with an emphasis on poverty, mental health, education and family stability.”

Resources 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:

Brook Lane Health Services–$1,600–Mental health first-aid training

CFWC Imagination Library–$5,000–Books to children birth to five

Community Free Clinic–$5,000–SWAG expansion (teen awareness)

Community Free Clinic–$10,000–Acute care clinic in Bester Community

Court Appointed Special Advocates–$4,350–Advocacy services to children

Family Healthcare of Hagerstown–$6,050–Dental care for uninsured pediatric patients

Farmers & Hunters–$1,500–Youth hunter initiative

Girls Inc. of Wash. Co.–$7,800–K.I.D.S. “Kids, Integrating, Developing, Succeeding”

Hagerstown Area Religious Council–$5,000–Micah’s Backpack

HCC Alumni Association–$1,500–Student government food pantry

Hagerstown YMCA–$4,845–Leadership in training (LIT) for teens

HEAL–$14,430–Open Minds—Mindfulness/yoga program

Hospice of Wash. Co.–$2,500–Camp Hope ‘N’ Cope

Interfaith Service Coalition–$4,015–Martha’s House

Ladders to Leaders–$5,000–Historic preservation apprenticeship

Maryland Entertainment Group–$5,000–Elementary School Show on loneliness

MD Food Bank-Western Branch–$5,000–WCPS pantry program

Maryland Symphony Orchestra–$3,298–Ensembles in the Schools Education Program

REACH of Washington County–$5,000–Cold weather shelter case management

Salvation Army–$3,500–Women & children’s shelter

Star Community–$4,520–Character Reins (equine & academic activities)

Valor Ministries–$2,000–Crisis assistance family program in emergencies

Wash Co Community Action Council–$10,000–Crisis Intervention assistance for safe housing