Applications Available Dec. 13

The city’s matching grant program seeks to help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals supporting the health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call home.

The application period for the Community Empowerment Grants program opens Friday, Dec. 13. Applications are due Thursday, Jan. 30.

Neighborhood, civic or homeowners associations; community groups; organized groups of neighbors; and student groups are eligible to apply. Neighbors and organizations who are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donations and volunteer hours are eligible for these competitive grants.

Applications are reviewed and grants are awarded by the City Manager’s Office. Grants typically range from $500-$1,000 each, must benefit a clearly identified area within the city limits and may address any or all of the following objectives:

  • Building community: Projects that promote the development or sustainability of a neighborhood association or community group.
  • Community improvement projects: Projects that improve the shared space within a neighborhood or strengthen community identity. This may include landscape improvements and maintenance, signage, bus shelters, natural features management, benches, painting, or certain exterior improvements. Bonus points will be awarded if two or more groups work together on a project.
  • Livability initiatives: Projects that provide educational and outreach opportunities that strengthen social connections between neighbors or neighborhoods. This may include improving safety, addressing a neighborhood challenge or conflict, serving low-income seniors, or finding ways to welcome newcomers to Rockville.

Grant funds will be available after Friday, Feb. 28.

For applications and additional information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/communityempowerment.