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Grants to Maryland CBOs and Student Groups in Eligible Areas for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

Community Empowerment Matching Grant

GrantWatch ID# 184855
Agency: Local

Funding Source
City of Rockville

Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Rockville

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/27/23

Grant Description
Grants of up to $1,000 to Maryland community-based organizations, homeowners associations, and student groups in eligible locations for neighborhood improvement initiatives. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for local residents and bring communities together. Proposed projects must benefit the residents of Rockville.

Community Empowerment Grants help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals that support the overall health, vitality, and inclusivity of the place they call "home." The Community Empowerment Grant Program has three primary objectives. Grant applications may address any or all the objectives and no single objective is prioritized higher than the other two for funding. The objectives are:

  • Building Community. The funds may be used for programs or projects that promote the development or sustainability of a neighborhood association or community group. The funds can be used for activities that promote inclusion and diversity within the Rockville community.
  • Community Improvement Projects. The funds may be used to improve the shared space within a neighborhood or to strengthen community identity. Bonus points will be awarded if two or more neighborhoods or community groups work together on a project.
  • Livability Initiatives. Funds may be used to provide education and outreach opportunities that strengthen the social connections in a neighborhood or between two or more community groups or neighborhoods. Funds may be used for initiatives such as increased safety, addressing a neighborhood challenge or conflict, serving senior low-income community members, or offering ways to welcome newcomers to Rockville.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
- Neighborhood/civic/homeowner’s associations.
- Community groups.
- Groups of neighbors/student groups

Funding will benefit those who live within the Rockville city limits.

The successful grant recipients must authorize one individual to manage the grant contracts and funds. Your group must consist of a minimum of five members. If your group represents an established group such as an HOA, civic association, or another community group, you must provide documentation that you are applying on their behalf.

Pre-Application Information
- November 1, 2022 - Applications open.
- January 27, 2023 - Application is due.
- February 15, 2023 - Notification to recipients.
- March 1, 2023 - Funds are available.
- December 22, 2023 - Grant recipients’ deadline to present documentation to prove usage of funds. Grant recipients’ deadline to present documentation to prove usage of funds.

The City of Rockville offers these grants to neighbors and organizations who are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donation, and volunteer hours.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants are typically in the range of $500 to $1,000 each.

Term of Contract
Funds must be used by December 15, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online (from November 1):

For questions, contact:
Hjarman Cordero

City of Rockville
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850

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