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.

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.

Grantee Spotlight: College Park Arts Exchange

Submitted by College Park Arts Exchange, one of CPCF’s first grant recipients. In 2013, CPCF awarded a grant to CPAE to fund sheet music for its new adult choir, the College Park Chorale.

The College Park Chorale, directed by Allison Hughes, has completed its third year with a celebratory concert held at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel on May 16, 2015.

As a community choir, College Park Chorale gives singers the great joy of making music together with their friends and neighbors.  It also brings together cheerful amateurs with singers who have had more extensive training and performance experience.  No audition is required to join the Chorale, but Ms. Hughes has succeeded admirably in melding a diverse group of forty singers into a skillful choir.

The College Park Chorale at a recent concert at University of Maryland. In the foreground is director Alison Hughes. An original setting of “Peace Like a River,” by College Park composer Dr. Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal, was the tour de force performance of the concert. Dancer Laurie Sanda interpreted the piece before the audience with a long blue scarf which helped to represent peace like a river, joy like a fountain, and love like an ocean.   This challenging contemporary composition demanded mastery of complex melodic and harmonic lines from the choir.   Dr. Yee Von Ng, accompanist, supported the Chorale adroitly on piano, for this piece and throughout the concert.

There was a wide variety of musical styles were represented in the concert though all the pieces had a common theme of water.  From the premiere performance of Ruiz-Bernal’s contemporary composition “Peace Like a River” to Renaissance madrigals alluding to the ocean and weeping, to modern settings of folk songs like “Shenandoah” and “The Water is Wide” and new arrangements of popular music such as “7 Bridges Road” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the audience was lead through a wonderful breadth of material.  Several songs featured the talents of strong soloists, as well as instrumentalists playing guitar and violin.

Tying into the water theme, the Chorale partnered with Saha Global, a non-profit working to find local solutions for clean water and electricity in Ghana.   The chorale is grateful for the support of many volunteers and local groups that helped to make this concert a success.  The College Park City University Partnership and the University of Maryland helped to secure the beautiful UMD Chapel as the venue.  College Park Community Foundation helped stabilize the Chorale in early days by helping to defray the cost of purchasing sheet music.

Chorale 2015