Community Foundation of Howard County Announces Mini-grant Recipients

The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, recently has awarded several mini-grants totaling $18,226 to local organizations:

Association of Community Services received $2,000 for the replacement of computer equipment and software, that has reached “end-of-life,” allowing the ACS to operate in a secure and efficient manner.

Bigger Conversations received $1,000 to develop a workbook for use by the participants of the Caregiver Wellness Circles.

Generations Online received $1,500 for a pilot program at the Miller Branch public library to help computer illiterate older adults learn how to use the computer to find job opportunities and submit online applications.

Howard County Conservancy received $1,726 to purchase two portable radios to assist staff in coordinating communications when providing programs for participants and assisting visitors at the new location at Belmont Manor and Historic Park.

Islamic Leadership Institute of America received $1,000 to pilot an internship program for former youth offenders, to reduce their chances of reimprisonment and to prepare them for professional life.

ManneqART received $1,000 to purchase additional equipment for the ManneqART Hair and Makeup competition that will be held at Historic Savage Mill during the Columbia Festival for the Arts.

Maryland Search and Rescue received $1,000 to purchase search and rescue equipment that has reached “end-of-life,” enabling MSAR to remain compliant with ASRC requirements.

Rebuilding Together Howard County received $1,500 to development a social media campaign that will provide program information to potential clients and cultivate program sponsors and volunteers.

James and Anne Robinson Foundation received $1,500 in tuition assistance for the 2014-2015 Leadership Howard County Premiere program.

The Samaritan Women received $1,000 to provide residential clients access to a licensed nurse who will provide women who have been trafficked with critical information on their physical health.

The Serenity Center received $1,600 to build a wooden fence around the dumpster to improve appearances and reduce the amount of unauthorized dumping of trash.

STEMaction received $1,000 for the Howard County Math Festival that will be held at Centennial High School in November 2014.

Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center received $1,000 for the intensive summer therapeutic riding and sensory program.

Voice of Love received $1,400 to assist seven refugee interpreters with the costs associated with a five-day training, which will result in a commitment of service hours for FIRN’s Language Connections interpreter program.


Mini-grants of $250 to $2,000 fund pilot projects, organizational improvements and equipment purchases for organizations that deliver services to Howard County residents in the areas of human service, arts and culture, education, environment and community affairs. Mini-grants are awarded three times a year to meet time-sensitive community needs. The deadline for applications for the final round of mini-grants this year is Aug. 29, 2014.

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