County Offering Grants up to $1,000 for Neighborhood Events

Montgomery County will again offer matching grants of up to $1,000 to help fund neighborhood events, according to an announcement from Silver Spring Regional Services Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez.

Neighborhood organizations, block groups, tenant groups, civic groups and similar organizations are eligible to apply to help fund events and activities that “promote community engagement, encourage capacity building, networking and stimulate the local economy,” according to the message.

Past grant winners include:

  • The Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen for its grand opening and ongoing community communication efforts
  • Woodside Park, for a neighborhood Oktoberfest celebration
  • Blair High School, for Carnival of Animals
  • Story Tapestries, for storytelling workshops
  • East Silver Spring Civic Association, for a neighborhood block party
  • Flower Hudson Tenant Association, for the apartment complex block party, and
  • Long Branch 5K, for a 5K run in commercial area to bring attention to businesses.

The funds must be matched by the sponsoring organization dollar for dollar in cash or in-kind contributions, and the event or activity must be held during this fiscal year (before June 30, 2021). Funding will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is no deadline for application, but funding is limited. Virtual and hybrid events are eligible for funding; all activities must comply with COVID-19 guidelines and standards.

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Groups that applied for funding last year may do so again this year, but must file a new application.

Completed applications should be submitted to Kevin Simpson, community projects coordinator with the county, phone 240.401.7086, email [email protected]

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