2019 Spring Grants Portfolio

This spring, the Takoma Foundation received a record number of grant applications, representing all six Wards as well as additional neighborhoods in Greater Takoma. We thank the many organizations and community groups that submitted proposals and take heart in seeing such enthusiastic engagement—signaling a community full of activism and hope. The need in our community is great and we could only fund 27% of our applicants. However, with your help, we can reach even more organizations, more community members, more neighbors in need. Please continue to give generously. Thank you for your support!

Operational Support Grant

Funds that are intended to help an organization function more effectively on the whole rather than supporting any single program or effort.


Program Lunch and Learn

A program that helps school-age youth develop social and emotional learning skills that will improve their abilities to select, manage, and expand their opportunities to serve each other and their communities.

Direct Support for Immigrants

Provides charitable, educational, and other types of support to immigrants to the United States and their families, including but not limited to refugees, asylees, and their families.

Ethiopian Community Center in Maryland

Equips African immigrant communities with the tools and resources they need to meaningfully contribute and thrive in the communities they live in.

Montgomery County Renters Alliance

Seeks to ensure stable, quality, affordable rental housing though tenant education, outreach, organizing and advocacy.

Project Grant

Funds that are intended to support a specific program, initiative, or other effort an organization runs or sponsors.

CREATE Arts Center

Project Name smARTkids

A program that uses visual art techniques and art therapy principles to foster increased learning abilities and success in a free after school arts-focused program for at-risk students at Takoma Park Elementary School. Students will benefit from increased confidence, social skills, and problem-solving abilities.

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Project Name PEARLS

PEARLS (Parenting, Education and Responsive Life Skills) offers mentoring and educational support for young women with children at Blair High School, helping them stay in school and more.

Dance Exchange

Project Name Creative Aging and Intergenerational Exchange Program

Brings movement and dance to our aging population through instruction in several Takoma Park apartment buildings while helping build community and help lessen isolation.

Eastern Middle School

Project Name Orchestra/Band Support

A program to help defer costs for student performances.

Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library, Inc.

Project Name Library Book Club

A project seeking to boost participation and achievement in a student book club held at Piney Branch Elementary School.

New Hampshire Estates Elementary School

Project Name After-School Spanish Classes

An after school Spanish language exploration program, encouraging native Spanish and non-Spanish speaking students to work together to strengthen their language skills.

Rolling Terrace Elementary School

Project Name Instrumental Music Program

Support for the repair and maintenance of instruments used in the school’s music program.

Takoma Overlook Condominium Association, Inc.

Project Name Building Community in our Building

An initiative that will, among other things, introduce new garden space between Takoma Overlook Condominium and Hampshire Towers.

Takoma Park Neighborhood Food Project

Project Name New Coordinators Recruitment

A project to create a network of people (coordinators) to collect food on a monthly basis for the local food bank through “green” collection bags.