Takoma Park Accepting Applications for Community Grant Program

The City of Takoma Park is now accepting applications for its Community Quality of Life Grants program, officials announced.

The grants will provide programs, projects or events that offer access and opportunities to participate in the arts and sciences with $5,000 to $10,000 in financial support.

The grants are for eligible opportunities in the arts and humanities as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In addition participants are encouraged to create programming that connects arts and sciences with skills to promote workforce development and entrepreneurial programs for low-and-moderate-income Takoma Park residents.

“The primary focus of the proposal is to provide a benefit to individuals and households with low and moderate incomes, defined as 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” according to the announcement. “Specifically, at least 51% of participants must meet this income requirement, and at least 75% of the participants must be residents of the City of Takoma Park.”

The grants are for programs that will take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Each grant must be matched dollar for dollar by the grantee.

Funding is available only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and 501(c)(6) business associations; individuals and for-profit enterprises are not eligible for the program.

Past grants have included science and math clubs, robotics clubs, computer programming classes, concert and film series, public art, maker spaces, technology-based internship and apprenticeship programs, the announcement said.

Applications may be filed online and are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.

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