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Washington County gets more than $1.6 million in funding requests from nonprofit groups

Community Organization Funding Committee originally received requests totaling more than $2.6 million

January 29, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

More than $1.6 million in funding requests from nonprofit organizations were submitted to the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday by the Community Organization Funding Committee, a figure it had pared down from requests originally totaling more than $2.6 million.

The committee recommended a total of $672,840 for the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. for five senior citizen projects. Three other organizations would split $46,660 for other senior projects, according to the recommendations.

In October, the committee received 39 requests from 32 organizations for funding in the 2014 budget year, said James B. Hovis, the director of the Office of Community Grant Management. Eleven requests were not recommended for funding.

The applications were reviewed by the five-member committee for funding in seven categories: Arts and Culture, Domestic Violence, Families and Children, Recreation, Senior and Other Programs, he told the commissioners.

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In Arts and Culture, five organizations split $217,810 in recommended funding with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts recommended to receive $137,910 for operations. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Station Washington County Historical Society and Washington County Arts Council were also recommended for funding.

CASA Inc. would get $280,000 for domestic violence programs under the committee’s recommendations.

In the families and children category, 11 organizations would split $343,860, according to the recommendations. The Community Free Clinic would get $124,930 for a chronic disease management program and Washington County Community Action Program would get the same amount for operations.

No applications for recreation funding were received and in Other Programs, there were two small grant recommendations totaling $8,820.

The commissioners took no action on the requests. County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said the requests for the 2014 budget year, which begins July 1, could be modified, depending on general fund revenues and other expenditures.

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