Awarded bi-annually, Takoma Foundation’s Operational and Project Grants are distributed to select applicants following the fall and spring grant cycles. We are pleased to present our most recent grantees:
|Takoma Education Campus|
|Village of Takoma Park, Inc.|
|Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.||
Healthy Parents: Families, Healthy Communities
Carpe Diem will work with the Essex House community to run Parent Support Groups, Quilting Conversations, a Parent Engagement Workshop, and Healthy Cooking Workshops. These workshops are designed to help parents learn and practice tools to improve school involvement, community engagement including family dynamics.
|Community Bridges, Inc.||
A school-based program at Takoma Park Middle School and Montgomery Blair High School encouraging girls in grades 6–12 to explore their identity, increase their self-esteem, and build their character in a safe and nurturing space. The program supports girls’ growth over a 9-year continuum by helping them understand their potential and life choices, learn creative strategies to become leaders, and break their family’s cycle of poverty using education as a vehicle.
|East Silver Spring Elementary School PTA||
STEM Fair Support
After school sessions offering targeted students support in designing and implementing high-quality STEM projects. Third, fourth and fifth grade science teachers will target outreach to students likely to have insufficient support at home for completing and/or purchasing materials for their Science Fair project. School counselors may assist in identifying potential students. Volunteer time and resources will also be sought from parents, community members, and local college students to further support these after school sessions.
|Hampshire Towers Tenet Association||
Holiday Party/Movie Night
In hopes of strengthening community ties, the Hampshire Towers Tenant Association will sponsor two events aimed at bringing seniors and youth together—a holiday party and a movie night during winter break.
|Hillwood Manor Community Garden||
Garden Renovation and Youth Engaement
Support in funding the purchase of two water tanks to help with the Garden’s renovation.
|IMPACT Silver Spring||
Worker Cooperative Jumpstart
A workshop providing education and technical assistance for those interested in starting and operating worker-owner businesses (cooperatives). IMPACT seeks to build an ecosystem to help grow the promising co-op model—one that’s been shown to be an effective means of building wealth and reducing dependency on safety-net services by low-income individuals—in our community.
|Long Branch Sligo Citizens Association||
LBS Conservation Garden
Support for outside maintenance and special activities, including a workshop by landscape designer Alison Jones, of this primarily volunteer-maintained community garden—a venue bringing together neighbors and sparking botanical conversation.
Montgomery Blair High School’s student-run newspaper, Silverchips, writes about various stories and issues around the school and across the Takoma Park/Silver Spring community. Consistently recognized as one of the best pieces of student journalism in the country, Silverchips is researched, written, edited, delivered, and distributed solely by students. The paper is entirely self-funded in order to preserve freedom from administrative censorship and maintain its high quality standards. Articles represent the exciting and diverse culture of the school and the area, with writers and stories coming from and reflecting the multicultural community.
|Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority, Inc.||
Small Business Technical Assistance Program
The goal of this project is to provide small businesses in the Takoma Langley Crossroads with a series of technical assistance workshops and one-on-one consulting services, led by professional consultants with experience working with ethnic specialty businesses. This will provide essential support to Crossroads’ businesses throughout the Purple Line’s construction and will enable them to not only survive during construction, but also to establish their participation in economic growth and revitalization that subsequently occurs in the corridor. Many of the businesses in the Crossroads are owned and operated by immigrant and first-generation families from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and West Africa. They create the ethnic diversity and unique international flavor that shapes the Takoma Langley Crossroads and this workshop series is one part of preserving that character for the Crossroads’ future.
|Takoma Park Elementary School||
Now in its second year, this project will continue to build on its primary goal: to help all Takoma Park Elementary students—particularly students of color and/or low-income students who may be affected by the achievement gap—receive the academic and social support they need to thrive and overcome barriers to learning. This is a key goal of the school improvement plan. This year the Equity Committee will expand the guided reading curriculum and outreach strategies, as well as seek in-kind support for expanding the STEM curriculum into an experiential learning experience.