FY14 Mini Grants

Small Community Grants (Mini Grants) available this spring – Application deadline March 14, 2014.

Funding is available for small, community driven projects designed to create stronger, more connected neighborhoods, address community needs, and foster community pride. The maximum grant amount is $2,500; smaller requests are welcome.  Applicants are encouraged, though not required, to partner with City Departments in the development and implementation of projects. Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to neighborhood newsletters, block parties/neighborhood celebrations, trail development, installation of bike or scooter racks, community gardens, rain gardens, clean-up projects, oral or pictorial histories, energy saving measures, transportation costs associated with a specific activity, memberships in recreational or transportation programs (i.e. bike share), etc.  The application deadline is March 14. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.

For additional information, call or email Jessie Carpenter, City Clerk.

FY 2014 Mini Grants 

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2014

Eligible Applicants

  • Registered Tenant Associations
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Grassroots Community Groups
  • Parent Teacher Associations

Funding Levels 

Total Allocation: FY14 - $10,000
Grant Awards: Any amount up to $2,500

Required Match

$.50 per $1 grant award. The match may be completed with In-kind Donations and/or Volunteer Hours.

Volunteer time will be valued at $22.14 per hour.      

Funding Priorities

Projects or programming which:

  • Primarily benefit residents of Takoma Park
  • Provide services to at-risk populations 
  • Engage diverse members of the community
  • Promoted civic involvement by under-represented populations
  • Further the economic or environmental sustainability of the community
  • Are offered in partnership with another organization
  • Are free and open to the public

General Conditions

Match Requirements

A match is required for all grants and may include, unless otherwise noted, cash, donations of goods and professional services, and volunteer time. Volunteer time will be valued at $22.14 per hour.

The value assigned to all volunteer time will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Living Wage Requirements

All business associations and nonprofit grant recipients, regardless of the amount of the grant award or their individual exemption status, are required to pay each employee assigned to the approved project or program a living wage as determined by City Code, Chapter 7.08 Article 5 Living Wage Requirement.

Funding preference will be given to organizations applying for funding through the Mini Grant Program which pay a living wage to any staff member(s) or contractor(s) engaged in the implementation of the proposed project.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients will be required to provide a monthly update.  A final narrative report is due upon completion of the approved project or programming.

Grant recipients will be required to submit documentation of all grant expenditures (invoices, canceled checks, etc.) and required match (receipts, award letters, volunteer time sheets, copy of checks, etc.).  Business associations and nonprofit organizations will be required to certify that they have complied with the City’s Living Wage Requirement.

Disbursement of Grant Funds

The disbursement of grant funds will be negotiated on a case by case basis and may include reimbursement of expenditures by grantee or direct payment to vendors.  

2014 Mini Grant Application - Application deadline is March 14, 2014

Grants will be awarded in April 2014.

Submit applications by email to: JessieC@TakomaParkMD.gov. If you cannot email the application, mail or deliver to City Clerk, City of Takoma Park, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912.