$104,000 in Community Needs Grants Impact Lower Shore Nonprofits


– A total of $104,394 will be disbursed among 24 nonprofit programs in the Lower Shore region by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES). The programs funded include a broad range of community needs ranging from youth projects, to the arts, therapeutic services, conservation and much more.

The awards are made possible through the Foundation’s Community Needs Grants Program that makes awards twice each year to local nonprofits. “Responding to the changing needs in our community is a key strength of the Community Foundation,” noted Erica Joseph, CFES president. “Our local nonprofit partners tackle a variety of issues in our region and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The semi-annual Community Needs Grant (CNG) Program benefits organizations serving the Lower Shore of Maryland with a $5,000 maximum award per nonprofit. Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The next deadline for CNG grant applications is August 1st.

Grants were awarded to the following nonprofit programs:

  • Salisbury Arts and Entertainment District Inc.: to support the Downtown Salisbury Festival.

  • Maryland Humanities: to bring a traveling Smithsonian exhibit "The Way We Worked” to the Salisbury University Downtown Gallery.

  • Mar-Va Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc.: to support the Theater Academy Program.

  • The Somerset County Historical Society: to increase public awareness of the Teackle Mansion and the history of Somerset County.

  • The Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Inc.: to support a research project for the Crisfield Customs House.

  • Whitehaven Heritage Association, Inc.: to renovate the historic Whitehaven Schoolhouse building.

  • Princess Anne Main Street: to promote downtown events in Historic Princess Anne.