Foundation Awards $50,587 for Community Needs

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded a series of Community Needs grants totaling $50,587 which were distributed recently to 15 nonprofit and government 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 spring from the Foundation’s Community Needs Funds. The next deadline for qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for community needs grants is August 1, 2010.

“The needs of the nonprofit organizations serving our region of the Eastern Shore continue to grow,” 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.”

Grants in the current grant cycle were awarded to the following nonprofits.

Arts and Culture:

  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (Wicomico) to provide expanded opportunities, in partnership with MAC, Inc., for seniors to experience the arts and cultural programming available at the Ward Museum.

Conservation and Environment:

  • Hazel Farm Property Foundation, Inc. (Wicomico) to help support a National Get Outdoors Day event on June 12th to bring kids and families to the Hazel Farm Property to encourage healthy lifestyles and activity in the great outdoors.

  • Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council, Inc. (Somerset) to provide matching funds to support the development of a Smith Island Recreation Trail including interpretive signage, observation deck and a high-powered telescope.