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Community Foundation Awards $67,059 for Community Needs

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded a series of Community Needs Grants totaling $67,059. The grants were distributed recently to fifteen 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, 2014.

“The needs of the nonprofit organizations serving the Lower Eastern Shore continue to grow,” said Doug Wilson, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “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.

Arts and Culture:

  • Brown Box Theatre Project to support the Class Acts Arts Education Program and in school live performances of Macbeth.


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc. to purchase new marketing and outreach materials for mentoring awareness and programs.

  • Off Street Sports Performance to purchase fitness training equipment for the youth physical fitness center.


  • Lower Shore Land Trust, Inc. to support educational workshops, volunteer engagement and a native plant garden at Adkins Mill Pond.

  • Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Inc. to purchase two Pro2030 water quality meters for the Creekwatchers Program

Health/Human Services:

  • The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter to provide lower shore case management services for the PALS Program.

  • Hope and Life Outreach, Inc. to support the Heart 2 Heart Incentive Program.

  • Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc. to support a year-long mental health awareness campaign and conference.

  • Life Crisis Center, Inc. to support a garden project at the Domestic Violence Safe House.

  • Maryland Food Bank, Inc. to support the School Pantry Program in Somerset County Schools.

  • Shore Up!, Inc. to provide eviction prevention rent assistance.

  • Village of Hope, Inc. to purchase an improved water heater system for the Transitional Living Program residential building.


  • Bike Maryland to support a series of Bike Friendly Business and Community Workshops across the Tri-County area.

  • Ocean City Development Corporation to purchase and install ten new bike racks along the Ocean City Boardwalk.

  • Tri-County Council to support a Shore Transit veterans’ fare program that allows free transit to medical appointments, counseling, jobs and job training.

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