$111,994 in Community Needs Grants Impact Lower Shore Nonprofits


A total of $111,994 will be disbursed among 27 nonprofit programs in the Lower Shore region by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The programs funded address a broad range of community needs, including environmental protection, youth programs, senior programs, healthcare, pro-bono legal counseling, and more.

The awards are made possible through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Community Needs Grants program. The program award grants twice a year to local nonprofits.

“It is exciting to see new and emerging community programs develop each year,” notes Erica Joseph, CFES president. “Through grants such as these, we can help our area become a place where all can live, grow, learn, and play, which is the heart of our work at the Community Foundation.”

Grants were awarded to support the following nonprofit programs:

  • Assateague Coastal Trust – Scholarships and program supplies and costs for the Coast Kids summer camp and year-round environmental education program.

  • Bay Area Center for Independent Living - To expand the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet program, which allows Lower Eastern Shore residents to borrow needed medical equipment at no cost.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore - Support to create a pilot program with the Big Hope Network to provide services to children with incarcerated parents.

  • Brown Box Theatre Project – For theatre productions of “As You Like It” and “Mox Nox (Soon Comes the Night)”.

  • Christian Shelter - Funding for critical repairs and upgrades for the shelter’s homeless kitchen.

  • Delmarva Public Radio – Financial assistance for the online and broadcast programming of the 2018 National Folk Festival.