Responsive Grants Awards $175,377 to Area Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. awarded its 2022 responsive grant recipients totaling $175,377 to 28 local non-profit organizations.

The grants committee selected Washington County nonprofits and programs focused on the development of a stronger community through programs addressing family stability, including all stages of life, financial literacy, employment, mental health, and basic needs; Youth Development with a focus on mentoring, school readiness, and advocacy; arts, recreation, and education opportunities for our youth and the underserved.

Resources for the responsive grants come from the growth and earnings of established community funds at the Community Foundation as well as a partnership with the Pauline Anderson Foundation. The Community Foundation awarded grants to the following programs:

  • American Red Cross of Greater Shenandoah Valley: $15,000 to further increase family stability through their home fire campaign in Washington County.
  • The Arc of Washington County: $10,000 to fund their Stepping Stones program.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Washington County: $10,000 to continue supporting academic success for boys and girls within their many programs.
  • C & O Canal Trust: $5,000 to support their Canal For All Washington County program.
  • Camp Ritchie Museum, Inc.: $2,200 to fund their museum.
  • CASA Citizens Assisting & Sheltering the Abused, Inc.: $10,000 to fund The Mulberry House / emergency shelter and transitional programs.
  • Children in Need: $5,000 to further support their monthly client visits and extended services.
  • Community Free Clinic, Inc.: $10,000 to continue supporting mental health care for community individuals.
  • Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc.: $2,500 to fund this second year of their Common Cents Community Building Initiative.
  • Doleman Black Heritage Museum: $3,500 for endangered artifacts conservation.
  • Education Foundation of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS): $7,000 to support their Agricultural Innovative grants program.
  • Gatekeepers: $7,500 to support their Business of Living (BOL) program which assists sensible re-entry into the community after the criminal justice system.
  • Girls Inc. of Washington County: $8,000 to support their Action for Safety program.
  • Hospice of Washington County, Inc.: $2,500 to support their Dove Tales Grief Camp.
  • Leveling the Playing Field: $2,500 to support their pop-up sports equipment distributions.
  • Mediation First, Inc.: $5,000 to support their community mediation services for housing conflict.
  • Office of Consumer Advocates: $10,000 to support their crisis response programs.
  • Open Mind, Inc.: $10,000 to support their Open Mind: Head Start of Washington County wellness program.
  • Reach of Washington County: $10,000 to fund professional security for their cold weather shelter.
  • San Mar Family and Community Services: $5,000 to support their Dream Fund
  • The Salvation Army Hagerstown: $10,000 to continue developing their Teen Enrichment Center.
  • University of Maryland (UMD) Extension Master Gardeners of Washington County: $5,590 to support their inclusive sensory garden at Boonsboro’s Free Library.
  • Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc.: $3,500 to support their Aging in Place programming.
  • Washington County Historical Society: $2,500 to support their free family fun workshops.
  • Williamsport Volunteer Fire & Emergency Medical Services, Inc.: $1,000 to fund the purchase of gas meter & calibration equipment.
  • Women of Valor Ministries, Inc.: $5,350 to support “ASPIRE”, their partnership between Valor Ministries and CASA.
  • Women’s Club Foundation, Inc.: $2,737 to purchase and install a keyless entry system.
  • YMCA of Hagerstown: $4,000 to provide increased access to youth sports programs.