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Community Foundation announces $5.1 million in grant making


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Executive Committee Board members present the Foundation’s annual grantmaking of $5.1 million. Left to right: Todd Hershey, Jim Thomas, Mike Truitt, Dr. Carolyn Johnston, Duke Marshall, and Velda Henry.
The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Executive Committee Board members present the Foundation’s annual grantmaking of $5.1 million. Left to right: Todd Hershey, Jim Thomas, Mike Truitt, Dr. Carolyn Johnston, Duke Marshall, and Velda Henry.

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has announced a total of $5.1 million in charitable grants for the 2021 fiscal year. These funds were awarded through more than 1,664 grants supporting various community needs across the Lower Eastern Shore as well as more than 400 scholarships totaling $542,000. The Community Foundation has made $94 million in grants to the community since 1984.


“While we have all been impacted in some way by the pandemic this past year, the Foundation has been able to respond exactly as it was designed to do – as a leading resource for our community, built to withstand the test of time,” said Community Foundation President Erica Joseph. “We were able to respond to crisis in our community during a time when support was desperately needed.”


The Community Foundation will celebrate annual grant making achievements at the 2021 Annual Meeting which will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, with a virtual option, on November 5, 2021. The Foundation will report on its philanthropic activities during the past year, and announce winners of the 2021 Community Foundation awards, as well as highlight ongoing initiatives that serve the Lower Shore. For additional information visit CFES.org/annualmeeting or call 410-742-9911.