Takoma Foundation 2008 Grants

In 2008, the Takoma Foundation held both spring and fall grant cycles, awarding sixteen grants to local organizations. 

Fall 2008 Grantees

  • Hispanic Business Foundation of Maryland, Partnership Youth Initiative:  A mentorship program that partners at-risk Latino high school students with business mentors for training, networking, and financial assistance.
  • Caribbean Help Center, Giving Back to the Community:  A project to provide health education and services to members of the Caribbean-American Community in our area who are suffering from high blood pressure and high blood sugar.  
  • Institute for Family Development/Centro Familia, La Escuelita de Centro Familia:  A program of enrichment activities, e.g. participation in musical performances at Strathmore Music Center, for kids at this comprehensive preschool for non-English speaking, low-income families.
  • Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Senior Mediation, a Pilot Project for Takoma Park:  A project to train personnel and produce outreach materials to enable Takoma Park residents to take advantage of Senior Mediation services offered by the Conflict Resolution Center.
  • Friends of Sligo Creek Stormwater Committee, Rain Garden Assessments:   A project to promote rain gardens, work with Casa de Maryland to train day laborers to create rain gardens, and conduct assessments on the feasibility of rain gardens in Takoma Park neighborhoods. 
  • Adventist Community Services, Community Service Planning:  A series of three planning projects:  a community food security survey to assess the vulnerability of Takoma Park residents; the development of a strategic plan to set priorities for Adventist Community Services over the next five years, and the creation of a fundraising plan to help the organization meet the needs identified in the survey. 
  • Montgomery College Foundation, Access and Document the Dirt:  A project bringing Blair High School ESOL students together with students from the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery Community College to design, plant, and care for a flower garden and a vegetable garden in Takoma Park.  
  • Old Town Business Association, Global Village Concert Series:  A program bringing a series of outdoor concerts reflecting different ethnic traditions to Takoma Park, taking place in May 2009. 
  • The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Young Activists Club-Anti Polystyrene Lunch Tray Campaign:  A project to support the Young Activist Club in its effort to help Piney Branch Elementary School buy a commercial tray washer so that it can eliminate single use, disposable polystyrene trays from its cafeteria.



Spring 2008 Grantees

  • Casa de Maryland for its English for Speakers of Other Languages through Theater Project:  This grant funds a class for 10-15 students in an innovative program that teaches English through the creation and performance of an original play written by the students and based on their own experiences.
  • Somali American Community Association for its Mobile Family Learning Center:  This grant buys four laptop computers that allow additional students to participate in a creatively-designed program that teaches job skills to unemployed and underemployed African immigrant adults, with a special focus on women.
  • Silver Spring International Middle School for its ReACT Shakespeare Residency Program:  This grant pays for the participation of low-income students in a program that allows 7th and 8th graders to work with professional actors to study and act in plays by Shakespeare. The grant effectively extends to every student a program that is now limited to students only in the Gifted and Talented program.
  • Pyramid Atlantic for its Takoma Youth Learn to Make Recycled Paper Project:  This project teaches fifth-grade students at Piney Branch Elementary to make paper using recycled materials such as plants, dried flowers, and leaves. The paper will be used to make six giant Sligo Creek collages to be displayed in the windows of Old Town businesses.
  • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless for their Takoma Park Safe Havens Program:  This grant buys household items, such as door alarms, window coverings, and DVD player for a transitional home for formerly homeless women with mental illness and substance abuse issues, located in Takoma Park.
  • Takoma Park Elementary School PTA for a sound system replacement:  This grant pays for approximately half of the cost of a new sound system for Takoma Park Elementary School. The current system is broken and nearly unusable. The new system will be owned by the PTA and used for evening programs, as well as for school events.
  • Art for the People, Inc. for Building Community Through Art Exhibitions:  This grant has two parts: the first part funds an art exhibit in the Community Center for one of the diverse cultures in Takoma Park. This includes expenses for an opening reception. The second part funds art classes for seniors at Franklin Apartments (which houses some of our poorest seniors and people with disabilities). The resulting art work will be displayed in the Community Center Senior Room.