The Takoma Foundation is proud to announce thirteen new additions for the Spring 2018 portfolio. Our grantees presented compelling ideas that will reach a wide variety of Takoma Park citizens, from youth to seniors, from long time residents to recent immigrants. We believe that these programs have the power to affect lives locally and create positive change for our friends and neighbors. Together, we are promoting social justice, visual arts, academic enrichment and athletics. We are combating illiteracy, hunger, apathy and disunity. Please read more about our cutting edge portfolio!

Project Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Community Preservation and Development Corporation

ACE Academy Celebration

The project will bring together all residents and stakeholders of Essex House apartments (Maple Avenue) in a community celebration of the ACE Academy after school program and youth enrichment efforts.

CREATE Arts Center


A program that will use 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.

Crittenden Services of Greater Washington


PEARLS (Parenting, Education and Responsive Life Skills) is a bilingual and bicultural program at Blair High School to support young women who are pregnant or have young children with classes and mentors

Difference Makers

Mini-projects that will impact Takoma Park Schools and the Takoma Park/Silver Spring community through three tenets of citizenship, scholarship, and leadership. Activities will include an after school tutoring program, a Lego robotics program, and a literacy program.

Docs in Progress

Public programs during Fall 2018 at the Takoma Park Community Center to increase interest and participation in the Community Stories Festival.

Eastern Middle School


Support the design and creation of a mural at Eastern Middle School. Involving all students in its design and execution, the mural will serve as a model of inclusivity and teamwork.

Arts on the Block


A community-based art project in which people in the New Hampshire Gardens area will be presented with a hands-on art project.

Gandhi Brigade

Documentary of Conviction Summer 

A program where Takoma Park youth produce two short videos on a group-chosen, socially-relevant subject. Students’ digital media and research skills will strengthen and demonstrate how youth voices matter.

Haggai Speaks

A summer program that will provide day care, academic enrichment, and meals for Takoma Park youth during the summer months, located at the God Glorified Church of God in Christ on Geneva Avenue.


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.

Maryland Community Baseball

Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Baseball

A program to sponsor attendance to summer baseball camp for boys and girls who might not otherwise have the means to participate. Efforts will benefit youth teamwork skills and help build community spirit.

Ministries United Silver Spring/Takoma Park

MUSST will help counsel Takoma Park renters facing challenges with eviction and utility payments to balance their financial aptitude and awareness, with the goal of improving their circumstances.

One by 1, Inc.

Provides re-entry mentoring services to young adults including help finding employment, housing, healthcare, and work on relationships with their children and families. Mentorship begins during incarceration and continues after release to maximize transition opportunities.

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