The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, awarded a total of $208,000 in community grants to 35 nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of Howard County residents.

The annual community grants are not COVID-19 emergency relief funds. Howard County nonprofit organizations seeking rapid relief funds can apply through HoCoRespond.org by midnight Friday, April 10.

“The Community Foundation of Howard County is pleased to work with so many amazing nonprofits directly benefiting the lives of people in our community,” said Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County. “With a mission of inspiring lifelong giving and connecting people, places and organizations to worthy causes across Howard County, this is the best part of the job. Our donors trust us to be the hub for philanthropic connections to ensure financial resources get in the hands of the nonprofits that can provide the greatest impact.”

A 12-person grants committee, comprised of foundation board members and community volunteers, reviewed grant requests and selected recipients.

“We had great energy and leadership from our grants committee,” said Dee Athey, director of grants and community engagement at the foundation. “Our objective was to understand the mission and goals of each nonprofit that applied and match that with the best allocation of resources. These grants will help our nonprofit partners continue the great work they do in service to Howard County.”

Grant recipients use the funds for operating and programmatic needs. This year’s recipients are:

American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region, $5,000, support of Howard County response to local disasters offering financial assistance for food, clothing, shelter, emotional support and other services.

Association of Community Services of Howard County, $7,000, to support organizational operations.

Bridges to Housing Stability Inc., $7,000, supporting organization’s housing and homelessness prevention programs.

Bright Minds Foundation, $5,000, supporting programs, grants and scholarships to expand educational resources and opportunities for Howard County Public School System students.

Building Families for Children, $5,000, providing mental health and support to families and foster families in Howard County.

Candlelight Concert Society, $7,000, supporting community outreach services and concert performances.

Columbia Festival Inc., $7,000, supporting the free, three-day LakeFest community arts celebration.

Columbia Orchestra, $7,000, supporting community outreach services and concert performances.

Community Action Council of Howard County, $5,000, supporting program areas of early child education, energy assistance, homeless prevention and food assistance.

Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, $5,000, supporting park programming, sustainable recreation, and the preservation and restoration of park natural resources.

Friends of the Howard County Library System, $7,000, supporting Howard County Library youth educational programming.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, $7,000, supporting 24-hour crisis intervention services including shelter, housing and mental health services.

HC DrugFree, $5,000, to provide substance abuse and behavioral health education and prevention services to Howard County.

HopeWorks of Howard County, $5,000, supporting services for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence.

Howard Community College Educational Foundation Inc., $7,000, supporting scholarships, grants and programs that benefit Howard Community College students.

Howard County Arts Council, $4,000, supporting the advancement of local community arts, the public’s appreciation of the arts and ensuring that the arts are accessible to all Howard County residents.

Howard County Autism Society, $7,000, supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families with information, support and advocacy.

Howard County Conservancy, $7,000, supporting nature and environmental programs and services.

Howard EcoWorks, $5,000, supporting Howard County workforce development and environmental programs.

Humanim, $7,000, supporting the Howard County Culinary and Horticulture Education program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, $7,000, supporting JA Finance Park Virtual, a 4- to 6-week economics program for Howard County middle school students.

Kinetics Dance Theatre, $5,000, supporting programing to bring contemporary modern dance to wider audiences in Howard County.

Leadership Howard County, $7,000, supporting the educational and experiential leadership programs offered to Howard County youth and adults.

Maryland University of Integrative Health, $5,000, supporting integrative health and wellness services and community education opportunities.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, $7,000, supporting home-delivered meals for homebound Howard County seniors.

NAMI Howard County, $3,000, providing support, education and advocacy for those living with mental illness and their families in Howard County.

National Family Resiliency Center, $5,000, supporting the counseling, education and support program provided for Howard County families experiencing crisis.

Neighbor Ride, $7,000, supporting transportation services for Howard County seniors.

Rebuilding Together Howard County, $7,000, supporting the volunteer-based home repair program for Howard County’s vulnerable populations.

Ridge to Reefs, $5,000, supporting youth science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs and storm water mitigation in Howard County.

The Arc of Howard County Inc., $7,000, providing services and supports to assist Howard County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inc., $7,000, supporting performing arts education to youths, young adults and vulnerable populations.

The First Tee of Howard County, $7,000, supporting youth development programing through golf for at-risk Howard County youth.

Voices for Children, $3,000, supporting volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) services for Howard County youth in foster care.

Winter Growth Inc., $5,000, supporting assisted living, adult daycare and community transportation for seniors and disabled adults in Howard County.

The Community Foundation of Howard County serves as a knowledgeable, trusted partner that forges connections between donors and nonprofit organizations to provide impactful investments in Howard County. The foundation has awarded more than $25 million in grants to organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation’s endowment supported by more than 300 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information, visit CFHoCo.org or call 410-730-7840.

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