Community Foundation accepting grant applications

February 13, 2012

The Community Foundation of Washington County is accepting applications through the end of March for grants from the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund, the foundation said in a news release.

The grants are available to nonprofit organizations within the county for the purpose of promoting preservation, fine arts and history in Washington County, the release said.

Created in 1976 with a bequest from the estate of Hagerstown resident Mary B.K. Bowman, the grant fund was administered by the Washington County Historical and Fine Arts Trust Inc. until 2008, when directors of the Bowman Board dissolved the trust and transferred the assets to the Community Foundation, the release said. The original board remains as the advisory board for the funds.

Eligible projects are those that support the charitable and educational interests of the donor to:

  • Preserve and maintain historical and cultural properties in Washington County
  • Promote the fine arts, historical remembrances and historic preservation
  • Promote interest in and study of such matters

To qualify for the grants, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations must be in good standing, qualified to do business in Maryland, and have legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved in the grant program, the release said. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Applications are due by the close of business March 31. Grants are generally awarded within 90 days.

The application is available at or by calling 301-745-5210.

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