Gardner set aside $1 million in proposed FY 2022 budget to provide grants
Frederick, MD (KM) 30 non-profits in Frederick County are receiving Community Partnership Grants. That announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by County Executive Jan Gardner. She said she has set aside $1 million dollars in her proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget to provide these grants.
“These grants make a significant difference to people in our community, and they allow us to leverage our efforts so together, we can make a bigger difference to people,” said Gardner. “They go a long way towards ensuring that everyone can be successful and get through, what could be, a difficult time.”
Gardner said these grants will go to 30 local nonprofits that each provide necessary human services.
“Resources for families that have been displaced by house fires, life skills to help people pull themselves out of poverty and to learn how to balance a budget, and one-time major purchases for shelters in our community so individuals and families can have safe, warm, and dry places to go in time of need.”
She continued, “There’s food for seniors who otherwise would have to choose between buying medicine and buying food, shelter and counseling for high-risk victims of domestic violence so they and their children can be safe and self-reliant, and assistance in filing income taxes for ALICE households.” ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Some organizations receiving grants this year include Heartly House, the Literacy Council, and the Mental Health Association.
There are some new organizations receiving grants this year. County Council President M. C. Keegan-Ayer said one is the Endangered Species Theater Project.
“This Frederick-based group plans to create a unique theater program that integrates deaf and hearing youth,” she explained. “The goal is to build empathy and understanding between deaf youth and their hearing peers.”
Council Vice President Michael Blue said another new organization is Golden Care of Frederick.
“They will use grant funds to help seniors age in place. Many older residents need some limited assistance in order to live independently. The grant allows Golden Care to provide a thousand hours of companion care for seniors in our community,” said Blue.
County Executive Gardner said these grants will help strengthen the Frederick County community, and continue to make the County a great place to live for everyone.
Full list of recipients: CPG FY22 Awards
By Kevin McManus