Foundation gives county nonprofits total of $147,500

July 30, 1993

The Columbia Foundation, an independent community foundation serving Howard County for 24 years, has granted $147,500 to 15 county nonprofit organizations.

Projects benefiting county residents are selected for funding in the areas of human services, arts and culture, and education.

Human Service Grants totaling $94,000 were awarded to several projects.

* Christian Services Howard County was awarded $25,000 for "Promise Place," a home for pregnant women in crisis.

* Christmas in April was awarded $1,500 to assist a volunteer program repairing homes of elderly, handicapped and low-income families.

* Columbia Housing Corp. was awarded $10,000 for summer programs promoting community involvement and career options for youth.

* Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Foundation was awarded $10,000 to hire a part-time executive director to operate three educational programs for disadvantaged youth.

* Howard Community College Education Foundation -- Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center was awarded $25,000 to promote alternatives to violence and respect for cultural differences.

* Howard County General Hospital/Health Improvement Leadership Team was awarded $10,000 to hire a part-time person to work with volunteer committees to address six community health issues.

* Urban Rural Transportation Alliance was awarded $2,500 toward the purchase of natural gas- powered vans to provide transportation for low-income and handicapped persons.

* Voices for Children was awarded $10,000 to expand the volunteer program to work with abused and abandoned children in the judicial system.

Arts and Culture grants totaling $46,500 were awarded to four county arts and cultural organizations:

* The Columbia Concert Band was awarded $2,000 to purchase percussion equipment not available to band members.

* The Columbia Festival of the Arts was awarded $35,000 to underwrite the expenses of five county arts organizations including "Catfish Dreamin," and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which performed in this season's Columbia Festival of the Arts.

* Columbia School of Theatrical Arts was awarded $6,000 to support the writing and production of a musical by high school students dealing with issues of labeling and personal values.

* Howard County Center of African-American Culture was awarded $3,500 to promote the appreciation of black culture through a traveling exhibit of inventors.

Education and Community Service grants totaling $7,000 were awarded to three educational and community service organizations.

* Howard County Conservancy was awarded $3,000 to start an organization that will pursue the acquisition of land for an environmental trust.

* Howard County Public School System/Augmentative Communications System was awarded $3,000 for communication equipment for blind students.

* The Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations was awarded $1,000 to help start an organization designed to improve the regional philanthropic culture and strengthen the nonprofit infrastructure.

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