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Community Grants

The Grants Review Committee of the City of Takoma Park is no longer accepting Applications for the FY19 cycle of the Community Grants Program.  Applications for the FY20 cycle will be available in early 2019.

Purpose

The City of Takoma Park’s Community Grants Program provides 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.

Eligible Projects

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

Eligible Applicants

Funding is available to 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 501c3 determination from the IRS.  Individuals and for-profit enterprises are not eligible for funding.

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.  Applicants first submit a Preliminary Application, which are reviewed by the Grants Review Committee. Eligible applicants are invited by the Grants Review Committee to submit a full application.  Final awards are approved by the City Council.

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; as of April 2017 volunteer time is valued at $26.79 per hour, as determined by Independent Sector.

Funding Limitations

12 month grant term; Applicants are limited to one grant award per funding cycle

 

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