Community grant opportunities are available time to time from the Housing and Community Development Department for a variety of projects. Please call 301-891-7119 for current availability and additional information. Past grants have included:
COMMUNITY GRANTS – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The City of Takoma Park is accepting applications for its FY15 Community Grants Program. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for a range of activities in the following program areas:
Cultural and STEM Grants – Projects, programs and events that contribute to the livability of Takoma Park, engage diverse populations, and strengthen the community’s commitment to the arts, humanities and sciences. Examples of eligible projects include community festivals, public art installations, workshops, spoken word events, history or science lectures, film screenings or series, and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related projects and events.
Operating Grants – Programming designed to have a long term impact, providing residents and organizations with the support and resources needed to address current or future challenges and develop sustainable skills needed to realize their full social, economic, and physical potential. Examples of eligible projects include educational and mentoring programs, job training, microenterprise development, wellness and nutritional programs, energy conservation and environmental sustainability programs, and general operational support for community based or economic development organizations.
Capital Grants - One time capital projects designed to advance Takoma Park’s desire to create a vibrant and sustainable community that is economically efficient, environmentally sound, and socially equitable. Examples of eligible projects include the construction of shared community facilities, development of community gardens, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, creation of public commons spaces, and energy upgrades/retrofits.
For more information and a copy of the application form, please contact the Housing and Community Development Department at 301-891-7224.
- Capital Projects Application (PDF)
- Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF)
- Cultural and STEM Application (PDF)
- Living Wage Certification (PDF)
- Nuclear Free Certification (PDF)
- Program and Operational Support Application (PDF)
- W9 Contractor Certification (PDF)
Community Development Block Grant Program
Takoma Park's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program have provided funding for a wide range of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and public service projects benefiting low and moderate-income persons or neighborhoods. Grant funds are awarded on a competitive basis with a call for applications issued in July of each year.
- CDBG Fact Sheet and Funding Policy (PDF)
- CDBG Eligible Neighborhoods (PDF)
- CDBG Application Form (PDF)
The Façade Easement program was designed to improve the condition and appearance of commercial properties throughout Takoma Park. Qualifying property owners received reimbursement for up to 50% of pre-approved exterior renovation costs in exchange for a façade easement and a commitment to maintain and preserve the façade for five years. Funds were awarded on a competitive basis, supporting six façade projects city-wide in 2012-2013.
An example of façade improvements at the Ethan Allen Gateway:
(1) previous façade (2) façade under construction and (3) finished façade.
New Ave Beautification Community Garden and Greening Grant
New Hampshire Avenue Beautification Grants, available to neighborhood groups and others, have provided needed resources to undertake a variety of community gardens and other public landscaping projects like the Sligo Mill Overlook Community Garden and the Hillwood Manor Neighborhood Association Sligo Creek project.