A total of $107,713 has been granted by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore to 30 local nonprofits. Twice a year, nonprofits serving Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties apply for Community Needs grants to help fund programs designed to address a variety of needs on the lower shore. This spring, the grants will support underserved youth, health, homelessness, addictions recovery, hunger, environmental issues and more.
“Our Community Needs Grants serve a wide array of programs that impact the Lower Shore community,” notes Erica Joseph, CFES president. “This truly captures the spirit of grants made by the community, for the community, and allows so many nonprofits to grow their services.”
The following nonprofits received program funding:
4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program – to teach life and career skills to individuals with disabilities through interaction with horses.
Assateague Island Alliance Inc. – Aid for the growth and sustainability of this wildlife and natural resources focused organization.
Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation – Structural improvements to the Children’s House by the Sea, which provides respite care for critically ill children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore, Inc. – to pair boys facing adversity with positive role models for mentoring.
Brown Box Theatre Project – to purchase improved lighting equipment.
Child & Family Foundation Inc. – “Boutique Nights,” a personal enrichment program for middle and high school girls.
Christian Shelter Inc. – Retrofitting the second-floor housing space of the homeless shelter.
City of Salisbury SWIFT Program –Transportation assistance for the Salisbury Wicomico Integrated First Care Team (SWIFT) program, which provides mobile community health assistance.
Delmarva Public Radio – Online and broadcast programming of the 2019 National Folk Festival.
Epoch Dream Center – to enhance a mentoring program which pairs at-risk youth with individual mentors.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake – One Water Partnership program, which builds regional groups working to heal local watersheds, improve water quality, and bolster local environmental stewardship.
Islamic Society of Princess Anne – to pilot an Arabic Language and Culture summer school program in partnership with UMES.
Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, Inc. – Support for the JA Philanthropy program, which teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and the roles of nonprofits.
Moveable Feast, Inc. – to provide healthy home-delivered meals to Eastern Shore residents with chronic illnesses.
Recovery Resource Center – to pilot life skills classes for persons in addictions recovery.
Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Inc. – Support for the free, multi-day Downtown Salisbury Festival in Summer 2019.
Salisbury University – for the annual Children & Young Adult Festival, which promotes children’s literature and writing.
Salisbury Urban Ministries – Support for the Lazarus Food Pantry, which serves food to citizens in need in Wicomico County.
Somerset Committee for the Homeless – to provide life and career skills training to residents of the Lower Shore Homeless Shelter.
Somerset County Judy Center Partnership – to create a tri-county accreditation program for early child care providers.
Somerset County Library – for the Rock Out While School’s Out teen program activities at the Princess Anne branch.
St. James A.M.E. Zion Church – to provide educational field trips to Pemberton Elementary school students.
TEAM 360 - to purchase equipment for athletes of different abilities to enable them to train and race in mainstream athletic events.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art – to support a Youth Environmental Action Summit for 3rd – 12th grade student led grant projects.
Wicomico County Free Library – Books and supplies for Project READ, a literacy program for adult learners.
Wicomico Environmental Trust – to facilitate a consultant-led strategic planning session.
Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services Inc. – to purchase bedding for homeless and disadvantaged children.
Word of Life Center – to equip a new immigration office in Salisbury which helps immigrants become established in the community.
Wor-Wic Community College – Summer Scholars program scholarships for 3rd – 9th graders.
YMCA of the Chesapeake Inc. Henson Family Location – for “Senior Socials” which connect local seniors with the community and help them stay mentally and physically fit.
The semi-annual Community Needs Grant (CNG) Program benefits organizations serving the Lower Shore of Maryland with a $5,000 maximum award per nonprofit. Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The next deadline for CNG grant applications is August 1, 2019. For additional information visit CFES.org or call 410-742-9911
About the Community Foundation: As leaders, grant makers, and stewards of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore connects people who care to causes that matter for the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore. We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors, and have provided more than $80 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984. We collaborate with individuals, families, and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthen local nonprofits through grants and resources. We are devoted to improving our regional community and believe in the power of philanthropy.