LA PLATA, Md. – The Charles County Charitable Trust has announced grant awards to 26 nonprofit organizations for the fiscal year starting July 1. The grants will be used to provide services to county residents across a wide range of needs, including health care, shelter, education, and employment. A modest amount of funding will go toward charitable work in the arts and land conservation. The most allotted to any nonprofit organization was $60,000 and the smallest was $5,000. 

The size of the grant fund made available by the County was $784,100, the same level as in the previous two years.

The Trust has managed the Nonprofit Grant Awards Program since 2016 through an agreement with the County government. The agreement requires the Trust to act independently and to apply high standards of fairness and balance in its grant-making work.

The job of determining the merits of the grant applications lies with the Trust’s voluntary board of directors, according to executive director Vivian Mills. “Each board member read and evaluated every application,” she said, “and the decision-making process required a lot of discussion spread out over four separate meetings.”
Sandra McGraw, the Trust’s president, noted that this year’s grant review was especially demanding because the number of applications—46—far exceeded last year’s 29. “Being turned down,” she said, “does not mean that the organization isn’t doing good work. It could mean that other organizations were able to present a more convincing case.”  The Trust has offered turned-down organizations the opportunity to get feedback on how their application fared.

Besides managing the grant program, the Trust has launched a number of other programs focused on strengthening the community’s diverse nonprofit sector. It carried out a first-ever study of the sector’s social and economic impact and formed the Presidents’ Council, which brings together elected nonprofit leaders to share ideas and experiences. It plans to establish a pro bono collaborative later this year.
The Trust is located in La Plata at 9375 Chesapeake Street and can be contacted at 301-934-3700 or info@charlesnonprofits.org.

The following list shows the new crop of grant awardees, amounts, and purpose.

1. Arc of Southern Maryland, Inc. (The)
Grant Award:   $21,563.00
Purpose:   Respite Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2. Bay Community Support Services, Inc.
Grant Award:   $29,206.00
Purpose:   Roofs for two group homes and a lift vehicle for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

3. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.
Grant Award:   $50,000.00
Purpose:   Angel Watch Shelter, temporary housing for homeless women and their children.

4. Center for Abused Persons
Grant Award:   $60,000.00
Purpose:   Charles County Crisis Hotline, a crisis intervention and referral service.

5. Charles County Arts Alliance
Grant Award:   $10,000.00
Purpose:    Arts supplies for K-3rd grade students; music clinicians to work with school band, orchestra and choral middle school students; and a new arts program for senior centers.

6. Charles County Children’s Aid Society
Grant Award:   $36,250.00
Purpose:   School bags and supplies for students in need.

7. Charles County HARC, Inc.
  Grant Award:   $15,000.00
Purpose:   Respite and other services for individuals with disabilities.

8. Charles County Literacy Council , Inc.
Grant Award:   $15,000.00
Purpose:   Sustainability initiatives, including outreach partnerships and expansion of tutors and adult learners served.

9. Charles County Meals on Wheels, Inc.
Grant Award:   $30,000.00
Purpose:    Continuity of meals and Telephone Reassurance Service to homebound senior citizens.

10. Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Grant Award:   $5,000.00
Purpose:    Music royalties and other fees for choral concerts for residents of Charles County.

11. Christmas in April Charles County DBA Rebuilding Together Charles County
Grant Award:   $40,000.00
Purpose:   Project staff and materials to repair homes of low-income seniors, disabled individuals, and veterans.

12. College of Southern Maryland Foundation
Grant Award:   $33,112.00
Purpose:   Expansion of reading, writing and math tutoring program to help “at risk” students matriculate to college level and persist to college graduation, transfer, and/or workforce.

13. Conservancy for Charles County
Grant Award:   $5,000.00
Purpose:   General operating funds for continuance of land protection and preservation services.

14. Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc.
Grant Award:   $40,000.00
Purpose:   Promotion of improved access and affordability of behavioral health services, and to offset the growing costs of uncompensated care for patients.

15. Health Partners , Inc.
Grant Award:   $60,000.00
Purpose:   Provide underserved people with immediate dental attention through the Transportable Dental Unit, particularly those with transportation and insurance limitations.

16. LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc.
Grant Award:   $60,000.00
Purpose:    Provision of emergency hypothermia shelter services for homeless persons, and homeless services year round.

17. Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc.
Grant Award:   $28,370.00
Purpose:   Expansion of crime victim services in Charles County.

18. New Horizons Supported Services, Inc.
Grant Award:   $44,474.00
Purpose:   Expansion of employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

19. Our Place Waldorf, Inc.
Grant Award:   $3,500.00
Purpose:    Twice-weekly free dinner program for Charles County residents in need.

20. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
Grant Award:   $5,000.00
Purpose:   Expansion of therapeutic recreational therapy program for disabled veterans.

21. Promise Resource Center (The)
Grant Award:   $30,000.00 
Purpose:   Provision of Novo Parenting Program for parents in critical need of intervention because of child abuse and neglect.

22. Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy
Grant Award:   $35,000.00
Purpose:    Advocacy and Legal Representation for victims of domestic, sexual, and dating violence and stalking.

23. Southern Maryland Community Network, Inc.
Grant Award:   $7,625.00
Purpose:   Assist individuals with serious mental problems with finding employment.

24. Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.
Grant Award:  $40,000.00
Purpose:   Programs for underserved individuals including food security, senior respite care, Class B commercial driving license training, and rental assistance.

25. Spring Dell Center, Inc.
Grant Award:   $50,000.00
Purpose:   Specialized transportation for individuals with disabilities for access to community-integrated employment, volunteer opportunities and social and educational opportunities.

26. United Way of Charles County, Inc.
Grant Award:   $30,000.00
Purpose:   In partnership with the Town of Indian Head, lay the groundwork for a family success center that providers can use in service to the community.