The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. announced and presented grants awards of nearly $48,000 to local nonprofits.
The Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund is an endowment for promoting preservation, fine arts and history in Washington County.
The fund was established by the trustees of the Mary K. Bowman Fine Arts and Historical Trust when they decided to dissolve the trust and turn the assets over to the Community Foundation.
The trust has been in existence for more than 30 years, having been created by the estate of the late Mary K. Bowman in 1976.
Representatives of the Bowman board and the awarded organizations met at the Community Foundation May 4 to accept their checks and take a minute to describe how the funds will be used.
"Long term relationships like those that the Bowman board has developed would not be possible without endowments. That is what the Community Foundation is all about," said David Beachley, chairman of the Community Foundation.