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AAC community support grants fulfill 15 percent of funding request

Updated: Jul 28


Anne Arundel County announced Community Support Grant Program awards, totaling nearly $670,000 in funding, were made to 26 nonprofit organizations for Fiscal Year 2021.


According to ACDS Executive Director, Kathleen Koch, ACDS received nearly 80 applications totaling $4.5 million in requests. The funding percentage fulfilled versus the amount actually requested was 14.8 percent.


While the county had initially intended to fund the program at a higher dollar amount, revenue projections and budget constraints due to COVID-19 meant the funding amount was reduced.  

Funds were granted to organizations to further the county’s key human service priorities, including providing services to underserved populations, addressing the health and well-being of communities, and/or promoting equity and inclusion. 


In the Spring, the County Executive’s office announced the program would contract with Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. (ACDS), the county’s nonprofit housing and community development entity, to manage the grant application, review and award process.  


“It was important to my administration to create a new process to review the proposals, to ensure the county’s investments would be directed to organizations generating the most impact in the community," said County Executive Pittman.  “Now more than ever, the needs in our communities are increasing.  We had a lot of really great applications and our review team had some tough decisions to make. I also want to thank the County Council for working closely with us. “


in lieu of capital projects, the review team also prioritized those human service programs having an immediate impact in our communities as residents deal with the impact of COVID-19. 


Applications were reviewed initially by ACDS staff for completeness and the extent to which they met priority areas.  The requests were presented to a team of Health and Human Service agency directors, and representatives from the County Executive’s Office.  Although the competition was tough, the county believes the dollars were allocated in way that will have the greatest impact.  


A complete listing of awards follows:   

Community Support Grant Program  - Administered by ACDSLocal Fiscal Year 2021 Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc. - Funds will be used to provide individualized literacy tutoring to 350 adults.  $ 25,000


Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) - Funds will be used toward the production of the Poverty Amidst Plenty Community Needs Assessment Report. $ 10,000


Hope for All, Inc. - Funds will be used to provide critical and unique support to very low income households transitioning from homelessness, displacement, recovery or other situations, with furniture and other household essentials.   $ 40,000


Legal Aid Bureau - Funds will be used to provide general operating support to the Anne Arundel County branch of the Maryland Legal Aid office, which provides a wide range of legal services to low income residents. $ 50,000


Opportunities Industrialization Corporation (OIC) - Funds will be used to support the GED, computer literacy and full employment initiative for unemployed/underemployed residents.  $ 25,000


Arundel House of Hope - Funds will be used to support a housing counselor to help clients prepare, locate, apply and obtain permanent housing. Funds will also be used to staff a position to assist clients after they obtain and move into housing through case management.   $ 50,000


Calvary Community Development Corp. - Funds will be used  to support the Eviction Prevention Program providing funds for rental and utility assistance.   $ 15,000


The Light House - Funds will be used for general operating costs for this homeless shelter serving the greater Annapolis area. $ 50,000


Maryland Re-Entry Resources Center - Funds will be used to reduce recidivism through mentorship and case management for individuals post incarceration and assist in the creation of re-entry transition plans.   $ 25,000


United Way of Central Maryland – Funds will be used to support the Family Stability Initiative Homelessness Prevention Program in the north and west areas of the County, and a Countywide Shelter Diversion Program, preventing homelessness for approximately 55 low income families.   $ 25,000


Annapolis Immigration Justice Network - Funds will be used to provide legal support for residents seeking a path to citizenship through the immigration system. $ 40,000 Center of Help - Funds will be used to support general operating costs including rent for their office space for this organization that provides case management to English as a Second Language (ESOL) households.    $ 20,000


Organization of Hispanic/Latin Americans of AA County (OHLA) - Funds will be used to provide assistance and information referrals to Spanish speaking clients in an effort to help them solve a wide ranging set of issues that language barriers make difficult to resolve on their own.   $ 11,000


Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center - Funds will be used to sustain the current staffing structure and operations, allowing the historic Center to continue tours, support curriculum design, special events, awareness forums, and other community-based programs.  $ 40,000


Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. - Funds will be used to provide staff support and supervision for  trained volunteers who serve as Court appointed Advocates for children in the County's foster care system.    $ 25,000


Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Boys & Girls Club - Funds will be used to provide high quality after school, summer and out of school programing with a focus on serving underserved students at the Wiley H. Bates Boys & Girls Club.    $ 21,600


Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Boys & Girls Club - Funds will be used to provide high quality after school, summer,  and out of school programing with a focus on serving underserved students at the Freetown Village Club.   $ 15,600


Chesapeake Arts Center - Funds will be used to support two programs providing underserved students with enrichment, mentoring and STEAM education in the Brooklyn Park community.  $ 10,000


Creating Communities Corporation - Funds will be used to support staff, supply and operating expenses for the Youth Arts Program for underserved youth.   $ 10,000


Home Based Medical - Funds will be used to purchase a van to continue the partnership with the Department of Aging to deliver essential medical equipment to persons with disabilities and older adults. $ 39,910


Partners In Care, Inc. - Funds will be used to support  staffing, volunteers and systems to provide disadvantaged seniors with transportation and support services, such as the installation ramps or other minor home repairs.   $ 25,000


Charting Careers - Funds will be used to support a new mental health position to increase capacity to address mental health needs through case coordination and direct services and referral support. $ 20,000


Addiction Recovery, Inc. DBA Hope House Treatment Centers - Funds will be used to purchase and install anti-microbial, bleach-cleanable and bed-bug resistant furniture.   $ 25,000

Langton Green, Inc.  - Funds will be used to develop a feasibility plan for the renovation of their campus housing serving adults with disabilities.   $ 25,000 

TOTAL USE OF FUNDS $ 667,300


--Compiled from AAC Press Release