Delegates to seek $1 million in grants

February 09, 2000|By LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers decided Wednesday to pursue $1 million in grants for six nonprofits with the understanding that some groups may have to be cut later.

The delegation to the Maryland General Assembly originally received requests for more than $4 million from nine organizations through the bond bill program, under which the state borrows money on behalf of nonprofits seeking matching grants.

Lawmakers voted to ax a $2.5 million request from the Magnolia Foundation. The nonprofit organization wanted to use the money to buy and renovate space for its headquarters.

The request came in late and did not include the required match, said Delegation Chairman Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.

The delegation is not pursuing $100,000 for the Clear Spring Library because they believe the governor will likely put the money in his budget later this session, which ends in April.


Another request was withdrawn by the agency. The Hagerstown chapter of the American Red Cross is still looking for a new office location, but will probably seek $500,000 next year.

The delegation voted to pursue these bond bills:

  • $500,000 toward a new building for the Hagerstown YMCA.
  • $150,000 toward pavilions at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.
  • $150,000 toward improvements at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.
  • $125,000 toward the Humane Society of Washington County's new animal shelter.
  • $122,752 toward an outdoor sports facility for the Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League.
  • $75,0000 toward improvements at Washington County Children's Village.

In a typical year, the delegation can expect to get $500,000 through the bond bill program. This year may be different, since the state has a surplus of nearly $1 billion.

Lawmakers will know some time next month how much money they will be able to get and will have to prioritize the requests.

"We've still got some hard decisions to make," McKee said.

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