Save the Date: Grant Workshop is Wednesday, August 5

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The College Park Community Foundation (CPCF) will open it’s next grant application in July 2015. If you are a nonprofit or charitable organization serving College Park, we invite you attend our grant workshop on Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Old Parish House (4711 Knox Road). At the workshop, we will review the details of the RFP, identify grant writing best practices, and work with potential applicants to identify viable projects that meet the goals of our grant program.

Organizations which may be interested in applying for grant funding or would like to reserve a spot at our workshop should fill out this short questionnaire: http://goo.gl/forms/JCSydsyxvI.

CPCF is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. Our grantmaking philosophy rests on two principles: sustainability and accountability. CPCF grants are intended to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to provide services in College Park. Criteria for projects looks at how the proposed use of funds will improve the organization’s long-term viability. Our board works closely with you before and after award to ensure that the funds spent support these goals.

We expect the full grant package for the 2015 application to be available in July 2015. In the meantime, you can visit our grants page to get more information about our grant process and previous grantees.

Grantee Spotlight: Office of Community Engagement

Submitted by the Office of Community Engagement, one of CPCF’s first grant recipients. In 2013, CPCF awarded a grant to OCE to fund a typing class at Paint Branch Elementary School to prepare students for upcoming changes to standardized testing. 

In 2013, the Office of Community Engagement was awarded a grant to fund a keyboarding class for the university’s local partner, Paint Branch Elementary School (PBES). The grant funded supplies/equipment and the services of a highly-qualified course instructor.

In 2012, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) required fifth grade students enrolled in state public schools to complete the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) in Science electronically. This mandate generated concern among instructors. Beginning in October 2014, a computer course met twice weekly for 45-minute sessions. By the end of the program, OCE found that the speed scores (words typed per minute) increased by 42% and accuracy (an error rate measured as a percent) improved by 14%.

In the long-term, students who participated in the pilot program should show improved performance on computer-administered standardized tests relative to cohorts of PBES students who have not received the intervention. As a result of this grant and computer course, PBES will be better equipped to craft interventions to meet the challenges that computerized testing will pose in coming years.

The 2015 CPCF Grant Application is Now Available!

The 2015 Application for Funds in now available!  Organizations interested in applying should do the following:

  1. Download and review the RFP Guidelines.
  2. Request a copy of the application form (and reserve a spot at our grant workshop!) by filling out this short questionnaire: http://goo.gl/forms/JCSydsyxvI

As a part of our commitment to fiscal responsibility, we are asking each applicant to either attend our grant workshop on August 5, or meet individually with a board member prior to submitting an application.

Have questions, or aren’t sure how to proceed? Please drop us a line using our contact form or at grants@collegeparkfoundation.org.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 16, 2015.