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Foundation Awards $68,823 for Community Needs

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded a series of Community Needs grants totaling $68,823. The grants were distributed recently to thirteen 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, 2013.

“The needs of the nonprofit organizations serving the Lower Eastern Shore continueto grow,” said Doug Wilson, 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 cycle were awarded to the following nonprofits.

For Arts and Culture:

  • Art Institute and Gallery of Salisbury, Inc. to support the creation of an art history lecture program which will provide the Art Institute and Galley the opportunity to reach out to children and older adults.

  • KT Brown Box Theatre Project to bring live theatre to public venues on the Lower Eastern Shore and to provide free admission.

  • Worcester County Arts Council to support Paint Berlin, a plein air (open air) event in September 2013 to connect artists with Berlin and local residents with artists.

  • Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Inc. to generate a one day program entitled “Dock Day-On the Bay” that will focus on exemplifying a variety of maritime traditions and activities.

For Education and Youth:

  • Off Street Sports Performance to support at risk youth through strength and conditioning and other physical fitness activities.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc. to provide support for “experiences” through activities designed specifically for mentors and mentees as well as those children who are currently on the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting list.


  • Delmarva Cat Connection, Inc. to support feral cat spay day events and public spay clinics that vaccinates and returns healthy cats to their habitat across the Lower Eastern Shore.

  • Delmarva Zoological Society, Inc. To provide iPads for use in the docent program and to enhance education efforts throughout the Salisbury Zoo.

Health/Human Services:

  • Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, Inc. to support expenses related to special needs accomodations for the anticipated resident of the 60th home in Wicomico County and the 13th in the Church Street area.

  • Wicomico County Free Library, Inc. to purchase technology upgrades, including the purchase of five new laptops, which will provide for expanded programming to meet the growing demand at the branch in Pittsville, MD.

  • Coastal Hospice, Inc. to support a targeted marketing and outreach campaign to better serve potential Hospice clients and their families.

  • Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore to hire a Spanish speaking translator to serve clients on the Lower Eastern Shore.

  • MAC, Inc. to support training and outreach of a program called Stepping On, a prevention program that teaches older adults how to prevent falling using assistive devices.

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