The Columbia Foundation has awarded $295,000 in grants to 44 nonprofits, the organization announced this week.
"These grants provide support for nonprofits meeting the needs of our county's most vulnerable residents as well as those enhancing our lives through arts and cultural programs," Priscilla Reaver, the Columbia Foundation's senior program officer, said in a statement. "This support is crucial during a time when our community needs these organizations the most."
The grants, which amount to $89,300 more than the organization dolled out last year, are the first given out under the foundation's new community grant program, which funds both operation and project requests in the same cycle.
Human service organizations received $184,500 of the grant money. Those awards include $15,000 to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County for counseling, education and abuser intervention services; $14,000 to the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center for walk-in counseling and crisis services; $12,000 to Bridges to Housing Stability for homeless prevention programs; $12,000 to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland for its meal delivery program; and $12,000 to the Community Action Council for its Dream $avers financial education program.
Grants for arts and cultural nonprofits totaled $72,000, including $15,000 for the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Education and community affairs organizations received $38,500 in grants, including $7,500 each for HC DrugFree, which supports drug prevention programs for teens, and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, which provides youth work readiness and financial literacy programs.