Foundation Grants $70,000 for Community Needs


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. has awarded a series of Community Needs grants totaling $70,000 which were distributed recently to 18 government and nonprofit organizations in the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The grants will benefit – either directly or indirectly – the residents of the region, and are being awarded this fall from the Foundation’s Community Needs Funds. The next deadline for qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for the second round of community needs grants during the 2009 fiscal year is December 1st.

“As the population of our area continues to grow, so do the needs of the nonprofit organizations serving our region,” said Spicer Bell, the Foundation’s President. “To help meet needs throughout Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, we are pleased and excited to be able to help fund these worthwhile programs,” he added.

Grants in this cycle were awarded to the following nonprofits:

  • Cricket Center (Worcester) to support a marketing/public relations campaign.

  • Hudson Health Services (Wicomico) to provide educational materials for individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol.

  • Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross (Wicomico) to purchase a marketing display board, headliner and carrying case.

  • Wicomico County Recreation and Parks – Westside Community Center (Wicomico) to implement a program for senior citizens in the communities of Bivalve, Nanticoke, Quantico and surrounding areas.

  • Wicomico County Fire Police Association (Wicomico) to provide funding for protective vests, radios and antennas, speaker microphones and flashlights for emergency responders.

  • Diakonia (Worcester) to develop and implement a Family Nurturing Program for shelter guests.

  • Art League of Ocean City (Worcester) to support the purchase of 12 display panels for art exhibitions.