$107,713 awarded to 30 Lower Shore nonprofits

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.

Assateague Island Alliance will grow their capacity to protect the horses and other wildlife on Assateague Island.

“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.