Community Grants

The City of Takoma Park’s Community Grants Program is designed to provide financial support for specific programs, projects and events that improve residents’ quality of life by providing greater access and opportunities for participation in the arts and sciences.

The Grants Review Committee of the City of Takoma Park is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the FY18 Community Grants Program.  Deadline for submission of a Letter of Inquiry is Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:30pm.  Please click on the links below for additional information about submission requirements.

Community Grants Program – Guidelines

Letter of Inquiry – Overview

Letter of Inquiry – Cover Sheet

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include arts and humanities focused projects and events; Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and events; and innovative economic development projects.  Examples of eligible projects include: science and/or math clubs, robotics clubs, computer programming classes, concert and film series, public art, maker spaces, technology-based internship and/or apprenticeship programs.

Targeted Beneficiaries

The primary focus of the proposal must be on providing benefit to individuals and households with low and moderate incomes, defined as 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Specifically, at least 51% of participants must meet this income requirement.  In addition, at least 75% of the participants must be residents of Takoma Park.

Award Process

Competitive grants process with applicants first submitting a Letter of Inquiry; applications reviewed by the Grants Review Committee. Final awards approved by the City Council.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held for prospective applicants on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Both sessions will be held at the following location:

Takoma Park Community Center/Sam Abbot Citizens’ Center
Hydrangea Room
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

The Takoma Foundation will also be on hand at these sessions to share information about their grants and application process – see for more info!

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit Organizations and Business Associations

Grant Awards

Minimum $5,000 / Maximum $10,000

Match Requirement

$1 per $1 grant award

Match may include cash, in-kind donations or volunteer hours; volunteer time is valued at $26.64 per hour, as determined by Independent Sector.

Funding Limitations

12 month grant term


Grant Programs Sections