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Community Grants


The City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program is not currently accepting applications. The application for the FY21 Community Grants Program (for projects starting on or after July 1, 2020) will be announced in January of 2020. 

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Purpose

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

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include:

  • arts and humanities focused programs, projects, and events;
  • and Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, projects and events.

Our grants have included: science and math clubs, robotics clubs, computer programming classes, concert and film series, public art, maker spaces, technology-based internship and apprenticeship programs.

Eligible Applicants

Funding is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and business associations.  The use of a fiscal agent is permitted for those organizations that have applied for but not yet secured their 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.  Individuals and for-profit enterprises are not eligible for funding.

Targeted Beneficiaries

The primary focus of the proposal is to provide a 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, and at least 75% of the participants must be residents of the City of Takoma Park. For reference, the City of Takoma Park’s geographical boundaries can be found here.

Grant Awards

The City of Takoma Park Community Grants range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000.

Match Requirement

$1 match per each $1 granted

For every dollar of grant funds provided by the City of Takoma Park, grantees must demonstrate a matched dollar of support from a separate source of funding or volunteer time. Matched funds may include donations from other funders, revenue, in-kind donations of goods or services that have a specific value, and documented volunteer hours.

Note: as of April 2018, volunteer time in Maryland is valued at $28.65 per hour, as determined by Independent Sector.

Funding Limitations

Applicants are limited to one grant award per 12-month funding cycle. For next year’s cycle, all funded projects must be completed between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

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