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Foundation Awards $95,606 for Community Needs

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded a series of Community Needs grants totaling $95,606 which were distributed recently to 15 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 community needs grants is February 1, 2012.

“The needs of the nonprofit organizations serving the Lower Eastern Shore continue to grow,” said Spicer Bell, the Foundation’s president. “To help meet the demands 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.

For Education and Youth:

  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to provide funding for field trips and teachers training in connection with the newly published "Pass It On" curriculum and activity book developed by the Ward Museum.

  • Horizon’s at the Salisbury School, Inc. to provide support for "coaches" who will provide support for Horizon's students transitioning to high school. This is the first year that Horizon's will serve high school students.

  • Delmarva Education Foundation, Inc. to develop a strategic plan to strengthen DEF's ability to achieve its core mission.

  • Village of Hope, Inc. to provide support for an AmeriCorps member for the Steps to Success transitional living program. This AmeriCorps member will serve as a liaison between schools, families, and volunteer tutors to assist school aged children in academic achievement.

  • Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services, Inc. to support a unique community partnership in Berlin to development, implement, and coordinate services for youth with a focus on the arts, career development, life skills, and recreation.

  • Fruitland Community Center, Inc. to provide funding for the after-school program for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 with a focus on science and nature.

Arts/Historic Preservation:

  • Rackliffe House Trust, Inc. to support the construction of a housing unit for a fire-suppression system on the grounds of the historic Rackliffe House.


  • Wicomico Environmental Trust, Ltd. to support a variety of marketing and outreach activities to inform, engage, and motivate the public about issues impacting the local environment.

Health/Human Services:

  • Cancer Support Community - Delmarva, Inc. to provide funding for a four-part education series for cancer survivors, caregivers, and the public.

  • Seton Center to provide support for emergency assistance for families in need.

  • MAC, Inc. to support a program, in partnership with the Department of Nursing at Salisbury University, to increase awareness of depression in older adults.

  • Holly Community, Inc. to support the Help Me Hear program to provide assistive technology to low income individuals on the Lower Eastern Shore.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, Inc. to support the final stages of construction on a home that is wheelchair accessible for a local family.

  • The Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship Fund to support the establishment of a formal youth suicide awareness program in Worcester County.

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