The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County awarded some $134,000 to eight county organizations this month through its Ladders to Success grant program.
Jan Hoffberger, program director for the foundation, said every day the organization "sees examples of the good work being done by many nonprofits throughout our community," and the grants seek to support those efforts.
Grant awards generally fall under Youth Development or Economic Opportunity categories, and recipients of this year's grants include organizations that help residents with developmental disabilities, groups helping youngsters with homework and programs juvenile offender intervention.
One of the recipients is Bello Machre, a Glen Burnie nonprofit that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults and seniors with developmental disabilities.
The $13,000 foundation grant will help fund the center's certified nursing assistant program, which involves 110 hours of training for nursing assistants. Bello Machre pays the tuition for each employee attending, as well as compensates them for the hours in the training.
Tracy Lynott, development director for Bello Machre, said the grant, "helps us by investing in our employees who work in our homes — giving them the necessary tools for success."
In addition to Bello Machre program, other program earning grants from the foundation are:
•Anne Arundel Community Action Agency: $10,000 for its Green Summer Works program providing training and work experience to youth.
•Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region: $14,000 for its Project SEARCH program providing business internships for youngsters with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
•Center of Help Inc.: $12,000 for its Homework Help and Leadership Development program, offering homework assistance, English classes and one-on-one tutoring for middle and high school students.
•Chesapeake Center for Youth Development: $10,000 for its Juvenile Intervention and Family Independence project providing at-risk young offenders with support services to help keep them from becoming repeat offenders.
•Light House Inc.: $25,000 in support of the Building Employment Success Training program, providing assessment, training, job counseling and coaching for adults who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
•Seeds 4 Success: $25,000 in support of the Eastport Girls Club and Parent Challenge programs, for after-school tutoring and mentoring for girls in grades five through nine, as well as parenting skills and other services for parents and families.
•St. Philips Family Life Center: $25,000 for behavioral assessments and after-school tutoring for children living in specific public housing communities in Greater Annapolis, as well as summer enrichment camps and a program to help parents.
Established in 1998, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in the county. Officials said the organization has more than $3 million in assets, and makes annual grants of $800,000 or more.
The next Ladders to Success grant application cycle occurs in the fall. For details, contact Hoffberger at 410-280-1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun