Community-Based Grant Program

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MCDAF conducts an annual competition for its community grants.  Over the years, MCDAF has awarded grants to a variety of non-profit organizations that provide strong programs that benefit residents of Montgomery County, MD, particularly its youth, elderly, and families.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The application process is fairly simple.  MCDAF typically publicizes the grant competition guidelines and application in January of the award year.  The application requires applicants to provide information about their organizations (including their organizations’ programs) and the purpose for which the grant (if awarded) would be used.  The application also requires applicants to submit copies of their applications by the deadline, which is usually in mid-March of the award year.  Upon receipt, MCDAF’s grant committee evaluates the applications and makes award recommendations to the board.  Ultimately, the board selects the grant award winners.

GRANT RECIPIENTS

Since its inception, MCDAF has awarded thousands of dollars in grants to a number of well-deserving organizations that provide much-needed services to Montgomery County residents. Below is information about the grant recipients and awards from the past three years.

2014-2015 MCDAF Community Grant Recipients

Our House Residential Job Training for Youth – Brookeville, MD

Our House Residential Job Training for Youth (“Our House”) runs the GED and Computer Lab Enhancement program. This program enables Our House residents to improve their cognitive and computer skills to facilitate their completing and passing the new, computer-based GED offered by the State of Maryland.

Our House received a $500 MCDAF Community Grant in support of a project to offer young men training in computer skills and state-of-the-art GED modules.

Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County – Bethesda, MD

The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (the “Center”) manages the Youth Restorative Justice Initiative. This initiative enables youth who have engaged in conflict-producing activities (such as bullying, theft, or assault) to take advantage of a number of conflict-resolution services to remedy harm, build accountability, promote reintegration, and create a safer environment.

The Center received a $500 MCDAF Community Grant, which was a cash match for the compensation of a full-time AmeriCorps member to coordinate mediation services at two schools.

Montgomery Community Media – Rockville, MD

Montgomery Community Media (MCM) operates the Send A Kid to Camp program. This program is an immersive educational multimedia experience designed to give the participants the opportunity to express their own voices while growing into budding media journalists. Participants have fun as they engage in creative learning and produce content-rich segments about events and issues in Montgomery County. These segments are aired on access television and via other media outlets.

MCM received a $500 MCDAF Community Grant to provide scholarships for Title I and FARMS students to attend its program.

Stepping Stones Shelter – Rockville, MD

Stepping Stones provides a continuum of services for homeless families in order for them to move from crisis housing to stable home settings and independence. These services include emergency shelter, supportive permanent housing, and post-shelter support. The Lead Case Manager works directly with homeless families as they move along the road to self-sufficiency.

Stepping Stones received a $500 MCDAF Community Grant to support the Lead Case Manager’s salary.

 

2015-2016 MCDAF Community Grant Recipients

IT Computer WizKids, Inc.  – Silver Spring, MD

IT Computer WizKids, Inc., in partnership with Catylators Makerspace, facilitates the Community Help Desk Initiative, which provides technology and job readiness training to Montgomery County residents, ages 14 – 18. Classes, which were previously conducted in the WizKids’ DIY laboratory, included the following modules: (1) Introduction to Computer Building and IC3; (2) Introduction to Network Engineering and Cyber Security; (3) Electronic Etiquette – The Art of Communication; (4) Money Management, Personal Development, and Goal Setting; and (5) Career and Job Preparation (including interviewing skills and dressing for success). Participants learned how to build new computers and repair faulty ones, which they received from community members.

WizKids received a $500 MCDAF Community Grant to compensate its faculty, staff, and junior assistants.

Montgomery Community Media – Rockville, MD

Montgomery Community Media (MCM) operates the Send A Kid to Camp program. This program is an immersive educational multimedia experience designed to give the participants the opportunity to express their own voices while growing into budding media journalists. Participants have fun as they engage in creative learning and produce content-rich segments about events and issues in Montgomery County. These segments are aired on access television and via other media outlets.

MCM received a $1,000 MCDAF Community Grant to support partial and/or full scholarships for eligible youth from historically underserved minority backgrounds to participate in the Montgomery Community Television’s FY2017 educational camps and training programs.

 

2016-2017 MCDAF Community Grant Recipients

Little Falls Village – Bethesda, MD

Little Falls Village helps seniors age in place, enjoy life, and remain independent in their own homes. It does so by providing volunteer assistance and social programs.

Little Falls Village received a $1,000 MCDAF Community Grant to purchase memberships for low-income seniors who otherwise could not afford the services.

Mid-County United Ministries – Wheaton, MD

Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) is a twenty-year-old organization that provides a number of services, including assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections as well as prescription and food assistance. It also provides referrals to vital services such as vision and dental services. Food assistance, which includes food delivery, is the cornerstone of the MUM program. In FY 2016, MUM served 1,287 households representing 3,787 visits to its food pantry.

MUM received a $600 MCDAF Community Grant to extend its food delivery truck program by one month.

Positive Outcome Mentoring and Dance, Inc. – Silver Spring, MD

Positive Outcome Mentoring and Dance, Inc. (P.O.M. Squad) is an organization that provides mentoring, leadership, and dance instruction to girls ages three and up. The P.O.M. Squad’s mission is to provide an affordable dance and mentoring program that emphasizes five squad goals, which are crucial for girls transitioning into adulthood. The five goals are academic scholarship, community service, self-determination, sisterhood, and self-esteem.

P.O.M Squad received a $750 MCDAF Community Grant to support its annual achievement dinner.