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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.

  • Crisfield Heritage Foundation (Somerset) to support costs associated with consultant’s fees to update and revise strategic plan.

  • Art Institute and Gallery (Wicomico) to support costs associated with a strategic marketing plan for AI&G.

  • Public Radio Delmarva (Wicomico) to support a strategic planning process to guide the organization through the next 3-5 years and support a move to new facilities.

  • Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences (Lower Eastern Shore) to develop and implement the Delmarva Nature & Heritage Institute.

  • Maryland Mentoring Partnership/Mentor Links (Lower Eastern Shore) to provide regional training for local mentoring programs.

  • St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church (Wicomico) to support the cost associated with the implementation of an after-school tutoring program for 1st and 2nd graders from Prince Street Elementary.

  • Worcester County Health Department (Wicomico) to support the Worcester County Youth Consortium and the Youth Empowerment Summit focusing on runaway and homeless youth.

  • Costen Recreation Council (Somerset) to support costs associated with an after-school program.

  • Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion (Wicomico) to support the development and implementation of new marketing initiatives.

  • Lower Shore Land Trust (Worcester) to support a stewardship coordinator, computer and supplies to establish the new position.

  • Maryland Coastal Bays Program (Worcester) to support marketing and communication activities of the Delmarva Environmental Educators Network, a coalition of 25 regional partners.