This year, CPCF once again breaks our own records in both the dollar amount and number of awards, so we are thrilled to introduce you to the 2017 cohort of grantees. We gave out $15,600 to 15 nonprofits doing great work in and around College Park. In total, since our founding in 2012, we have given $36,420 in five grant-making cycles.
B-Roll Media & Arts | $1,500
B-Roll Media and Arts provides free media arts training to youth whose financial situations limit their access. This grant will upport an 8-week Intermediate Photography Course at the College Park Community Center through the purchase of cameras and post-production editing software.
College Park Arts Exchange | $250
The grant will support the College Park Youth Orchestra’s performance space rental fees.
College Park City University Partnership | $1,500
The grant will support the development of a mural on the underpass wall under the bridge over the Paint Branch stream. This mural is part of a larger visual revitalization initiative addressing public spaces in College Park.
College Park Scholars Science Technology and Society Program (STS) | $700
With a grant from CPCF, the program will purchase of two additional Lego kits for the Science Technology and Society Program’s after school robotics program in PG County Schools and local STEM workshops and events.
Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment (CUCE) | $1,000
The grant from CPCF will support the Prince George’s Plaza Day Center for the homeless, specifically to purchase food when the University of Maryland is closed and no other organizations are providing food, reserve funds to purchase underwear, t-shirts, and socks when donations do not provide enough, and funds to assist guests with copays for medical exams and prescriptions. The remaining grant money ($850) would support the coordinator’s salary for one month.
Field of Firsts Foundation/College Park Aviation Museum | $500
“Aviation Meets Art” engages area artists with the rich aviation history of Prince George’s County and expands the existing concepts of aviation art that are present in the visual records. CPCF funding will be designated to hosting/catering the art opening and to help artists subsidize the cost of producing their work. This grant will be matched dollar for dollar by the Field of Firsts Foundation.
Hispanic Parents Support Group | $1,000
The grant from CPCF will support the 2018 Family Day outing to Cunningham Falls State Park.
National Museum of Language (NML) | $1,000
The grant from CPCF will support the spectrum of NML’s programming – the annual summer camp for children, the NML virtual museum experience, and the Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch Speaker Series.
Old Parish House 200th Celebration | $1,000
The grant supported a weekend of celebratory events for the 200th Anniversary of the Old Parish House includes Sunday’s “History Day” activities, which included special speakers and actors who discussed and presented about the beginnings of the university, the development of the neighborhood, how enslaved people and the cultivation of tobacco helped shape the region, and even how Napoleon influenced College Park.
Prince George’s County Police Explorers Post #1111 | $1,500
The grant supports the Police Explorer Program, which aims to teach young adults the values needed to succeed in a law enforcement career. The grant would specifically fund a College Tour of East Coast Universities and Colleges (UMD, Bowie State, American University, Howard University, Towson University, Delaware State, University of Delaware, Temple University, and various junior and community colleges throughout MD, DC, VA, DE, and PA.), as well as t-shirts for the program.
RJ Smiles | $1,500
The CPCF grant will support the creation of a summer activity box for a class (Kindergarten or First Grade – 25 students) at Paint Branch Elementary School, that will contain summer enrichment materials and activities (books, educational games, educational activity.)
School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies at the University of Maryland | $1,000
The grant will support the creation of a pilot theatre course: “Community Engaged Theatre: Devising, Producing and Touring Original Work,” which will engage UMD undergraduates in devising an original play relevant to the creators and to PG County public high school students in and around College Park, to whom the play will tour. The class will also engage high school students in workshops around the performance devising process, work-in-progress seminars, and the full production of the play.
UMD Office of Community Engagement | $1,500
The 2018 Good Neighbor Day event will provide bus transportation for volunteers in an effort to expand service projects to areas of College Park not surrounding the community center. The grant will support rented tables to expand capacity for additional volunteers to prepare meals for Terps Against Hunger.
Vikara Village | $650
“The Body Love Yoga Project” at Numi Yoga encourages self-confidence in teenage girls and introduces them to healthy lifestyle practices, including yoga, meditation, healthy food choices, healthy relationship choices, and a platform to share their experiences, challenges, and dreams. The grant from CPCF will support up to six College Park youth residents to participate in the program.
Warm Nights Program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | $1,000
The Warm Nights Program is a week-long shelter for 30-35 homeless people, to include 3 meals per day, toiletries, laundry, and other needed services/amenities.