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Seven nonprofits seek state funds

December 03, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

A tough job facing the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly got tougher Friday when more nonprofit organizations came forward seeking state grants.

Seven county groups have asked for a total of $1.62 million through the state bond bill program, where the state borrows millions on behalf of nonprofits.

The bond bill money is divided among the counties during the 90-day General Assembly session. In a typical year, Washington County is able to get about $500,000.

Delegation Chairman Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, said he would like to submit a bond bill for every cause that's important to the community.

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The eight-member delegation will decide, probably sometime before the session starts Jan. 12.

The requests will be prioritized based on the group's timetable and ability to match the funds, McKee said.

One by one, in a hearing that lasted all day Friday, the nonprofits made their pitch to the delegation.

Most brought detailed proposals in writing. Some had artist's sketches of their new buildings.

A group of women from Clear Spring, there to argue for library funding, brought baked cookies.

The requests are:

* Hagerstown YMCA - $500,000 toward a new $8.5 million center on Eastern Boulevard.

The YMCA got $500,000 last year and once again is at the top of the list of YMCA projects statewide.

* American Red Cross, Washington County chapter - $500,000 to replace its small headquarters on South Prospect Street in Hagerstown.

* Humane Society of Washington County - $250,000 toward a new $2 million shelter on Maugansville Road.

* Washington County Agricultural Education Center - $150,000 to build a barn and outdoor village at its Rural Heritage Museum on Sharpsburg Pike.

* Clear Spring Library - $100,000 toward its goal of $800,000.

* Children's Village - $75,000 to finish work on a police and fire building on Mount Aetna Road that would allow the safety program to accept paying customers from out-of-county school districts.

* Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League - $45,000 toward a $150,000 hockey, basketball and skating area at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

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