Takoma Foundation Grant Guidelines
TAKOMA FOUNDATION MISSION: The mission of the Foundation is to make grants that promote and facilitate a socially, environmentally, economically and culturally healthy Takoma Park community. The Takoma Foundation supports a dynamic, vibrant community that is inclusive, accepting, supportive and understanding.
AREA SERVED: Organizations providing services and activities to residents of Takoma Park, Maryland and surrounding neighborhoods.
PRIORITY ACTIVITIES: The Takoma Foundation seeks to ensure that everyone can participate in community life. We have a preference for projects that
- Encourage and involve resident participation in community life.
- Build connections between people.
- Empower small groups in dealing with immediate community concerns.
- Provide opportunities to community residents that would not be possible otherwise.
- Meet the needs of low and moderate income residents.
We prefer to fund small organizations with limited access to resources, generally those with budgets under $100,000.
We see kto fund projects that meet the following objectives:
- Contribute to the greater Takoma Park Community.
- Are well thought out, seem likely to achieve their goals, and are ready to be implemented or are underway.
- Can be completed within a year or less.
- Are innovative and or come from new applicants.
- Include a means of evaluating the results and reporting them to the foundation.
GRANT AMOUNT: $500-$2,000
ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations that have a letter of determination from the IRS are eligible to apply. Projects that have a non-profit fiscal agent may also apply. The Foundation will also accept proposals from civic and tenant associations, schools and PTAs that do not have a letter from the IRS. We cannot make grants to individuals or for-profit businesses. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact us before you apply.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete and submit the Takoma Foundation Grant Application.
DEADLINE: The Foundation prefers to receive applications by e-mail. Proposals for Spring 2012 should be sent to
by 5 pm on March 31, 2012. If you do not have access to e-mail you may send a hard copy to the offices of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County by 5 pm on March 31, 2012. Please do not file applications in both places. If you send your application by e-mail, you will receive an e-mail confirming that we received it.
Grant decisions will be made late April, and awarded funds will be available by mid-May.
HOW WE OPERATE: The Takoma Foundation is a public charity, operated as a donor advised fund of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County. The Takoma Foundation’s volunteer board raises money from the community to carry out Foundation activities. A committee of the board coordinates the grants process and makes recommendations to the Takoma Foundation board, which must approve all grant awards.
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.takomafoundation.org or contact Maureen Kohl, Grants Committee Chair, at
or (301) 275-1653
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