2018 Spring Grants

The Takoma Foundation is proud to announce thirteen new additions for the Spring 2018 portfolio. Our grantees presented compelling ideas that will reach a wide variety of Takoma Park citizens, from youth to seniors, from long time residents to recent immigrants. We believe that these programs have the power to affect lives locally and create positive change for our friends and neighbors. Together, we are promoting social justice, visual arts, academic enrichment and athletics. We are combating illiteracy, hunger, apathy and disunity. Please read more about our cutting edge portfolio!

  • The Community Preservation and Development Corporation project will bring together all residents and stakeholders of Essex House apartments (Maple Avenue) in a community celebration of the ACE Academy after school program and youth enrichment efforts.
  • The CreATE Arts Center smARTkids program will use visual art techniques and art therapy principles to foster increased learning abilities and success in a free after school arts-focused program for risk students at TPES. Students will benefit from increased confidence, social skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • The Crittenden Services PEARLS (Parenting, Education and Responsive Life Skills) is a bilingual and bicultural program at Blair High School to support young women who are pregnant or have young children with classes and mentors
  • Difference Makers’ mini-projects will impact Takoma Park Schools and the Takoma Park/Silver Spring community through three tenets of Citizenship, Scholarship, and Leadership. Activities will include an afterschool tutoring program, a Lego robotics program, and a literacy program.
  • Docs in Progress planned public programs during Fall 2018 at the Takoma Park Community Center and increase interest and participation in the Community Stories Festival
  • Mosaics will support the design and creation of a mural at Eastern Middle School. Involving all students in its design and execution, the mural will serve as a model of inclusivity and teamwork.
  • Fish Sticks/ Art on the Block represents a community-based art project in which people in the New Hampshire Gardens area will be presents with a hands-on art project.
  • Gandhi Brigade will sponsor Documentary of Conviction Summer a program where Takoma Park youth produce two short videos on a group-chosen socially relevant subject. Students’ digital media and research skills will strengthen and demonstrate how youth voices matter.
  • The Haggai John 21 summer program will provide day care, academic enrichment, and meals for Takoma Park youth during the summer months, located at the God Glorified Church of God in Christ on Geneva Avenue.
  • Lunch and Learn/C.H.E.E.R. will help school age youth develop social and emotional learning skills that will improve their abilities to select, manage, and expand their opportunities to serve each other and their comminities.
  • Maryland Community Baseball, via the TPSS Thunderbolts program, will sponsor attendance during summer baseball camp in June and July for  boys and girls who might not otherwise have the means to participate.  Their efforts will benefit youth teamwork skills and help build community spirit.
  • MUSST (Ministries United Silver Spring Takoma) will help counsel Takoma Park renters facing challenges with eviction and utility payments to balance their financial aptitude and awareness, with the goal of improving their circumstances.
  • One by 1 will provide re-entry mentoring services to young adults including help finding employment, housing, healthcare, and work on relationships with their children and family. The program will begin to mentor young adults while incarcerated and after release to maximize their transition opportunities.