Foundation grants 22 nonprofits $172,000

February 26, 1997|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

The Columbia Foundation awarded $172,000 to help 22 county nonprofit organizations with their operating costs, a foundation official said yesterday.

The grants, awarded last Wednesday, are part of this year's record-high funding by the 28-year-old foundation, said Barbara Lawson, executive director. In May, $216,000 more will be given to fund new projects by local non-profits, she said.

"Howard County has some of the best run and managed [non-profit] organizations in the area," Lawson said. "We are quite proud of that."

The 10 largest grants, to human services, arts and culture and education organizations, were:

Columbia Archives, $20,000: to partially fund a project to catalog the papers of Columbia founder James W. Rouse.

Family Life Center, $14,000: to provide counseling and support groups.

Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, $13,000: to offer support services for immigrants.

Howard County Sexual Assault Center, $13,000: to provide crisis intervention and counseling for sexual victims and their families.

Center for Grant Development, $12,000: to help nonprofit organizations obtain funding.

Helping Hands Enrichment & Leadership Foundation, $11,000: to fund year-round elementary school academic programs.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, $10,000: to fund a shelter for homeless men.

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, $9,000: to provide presentations by local poets and authors.

Columbia Pro Cantare, $8,000: to support the local choral group.

Children of Separation and Divorce, $8,000: to provide peer counseling and support to families in the midst of a divorce.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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