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Council Grants Updates

Arts & Humanities Grants Cycle Open
Grants are available for arts and humanities organizations, artists and scholars that inspire participation in our County’s rich cultural assets. Deadlines begin in February.

Apply for the Facility Fee Assistance Program! Nonprofit that serves vulnerable youth or low-income individuals are eligible to apply for a subsidy to use County facilities and athletic fields. More informationFacility Fee Assistance Program (FFAP) Flyer ( En español)

Matching Grants for Neighborhood Events
The Neighborhood Events Matching Fund was established by Montgomery County to encourage capacity building, networking and to stimulate the local economy. Maximum grant amount is $1,000. Funds must be matched and the event must take place by June 30, 2019.
Neighborhood Event Matching Fund Grant Application, submit it to your Regional Services Area Director. Rolling deadline.

FY20 Community Grants Application Period closed on January 15, 2019. To access your application, visit the Montgomery County Grants Portal.

Many organizations received email notice from County Executive Elrich on Friday, March 15th regarding the status of their community grants application in the County Executive’s FY20 Recommended Budget. Read Press Release.

For clarification, all 309 organizations and 492 grant applications are still under review with the Grants Advisory Group and the County Council regardless if an organization was included in the County Executive’s FY20 Recommended Budget. Interviews are continuing to be scheduled and awards for community grants will be finalized at the end of May when the Council approves the FY20 Operating Budget.

As County Executive Elrich stated, please be aware that this is the last year that the current process will be followed, and the community grants application and awards process will change beginning with the next fiscal year.

Applicants will be notified in Late May/Early June of funding decisions via email from the Council President. Please call 240-777-7935 with specific questions.

Request a Meeting or
Site Visit

Council Grants Manager will resume meetings and site visits after the FY20 grants cycle in June.

The Montgomery County Council believes that a strong partnership with nonprofit organizations is critical to meeting County objectives and the needs of our residents.

Through a formal annual application process the Council accepts funding requests from nonprofit organizations that provide services in Montgomery County to County residents. A community Grants Advisory Group appointed by the County Council assists in the review process through evaluations of proposals. This Group will be augmented by members of the following community groups:  The Montgomery Cares Advisory Group, WorkSource Montgomery, The Interagency Commission on Homelessness and The Montgomery County Food Council. The Council makes decisions on the funding of proposals as part of its actions on the County Operating Budget.

The Council accepts applications for programs and projects that advance the County's services, goals, and objectives, including, but not limited to the following areas: community development, economic development, education, health and human services, and recreation.

Visit the County Executive Community Grants website and view the February 7, 2019 Executive Memo on the FY20 review process.

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Visit the Creating a Racial Equity & Social Justice Policy website for more information.

Important Dates

December 5, 2018 FY 2020 Council Grants Application Available
November & December 2018 Community Grants Information Workshops
November 28  Workshop #1 - Rockville
November 29 Workshop #2 – White Oak
December 5 Workshop #3 - Germantown
December 13 Food/Hunger Workshop – Silver Spring
December 13 African Affairs Advisory Group Workshop – Silver Spring
December 15 Immigrant Services Workshop – Silver Spring
December 17 View the Online Workshop Webinar Recording
January 2 Emergency Assistance Coalition Workshop - Rockville
January 12 “Last Chance” Open Office Hours - Rockville
January 15, 2019 Deadline for FY 2020 Applications
February-April 2019 Grants Advisory Group Review and Evaluation of Applications
March 15, 2019 Office of Management and Budget conducted an initial administrative review and the Executive included specific grant recommendations in the FY20 Recommended Budget that was transmitted to Council on March 15. View the February 7, 2019 Executive memo
Early May 2019 Grants Advisory Group Issues Report
Late May 2019 County Council makes funding decisions on grants as part of County Operating Budget. Proposals selected for funding are effective July 1. Applicants are notified of funding decisions by early June 2019.

Funds become available approximately 60-120 days after July 1, after execution of a required contract with Montgomery County Government. The grant application provides further details.

For additional information, contact:
Carolyn Chen, Council Grants Manager
Council.Grants@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7935


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