In the FY2012 budget, the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council approved the launch of a new initiative to provide additional funding to address community and human service needs in Gaithersburg. Up to $50,000 from the City’s contingency budget will be available for the New, Innovative and Emerging Community Needs Fund.
Qualified nonprofit organizations can apply for funds from this source at any time during the current fiscal year, pending availability. Applications must demonstrate that it would be detrimental to wait until the City’s next regular grant/contract funding cycle.
The Gaithersburg Community Services Division will review applications for technical compliance, after which they will be submitted to the City’s Community Advisory Committee for evaluation. Favorable applications will then be forwarded to the City’s elected officials for final approval. Notification will be made if the fund is depleted prior to the end of fiscal year on June 30, 2012.
The Community Advisory Committee, made up of volunteers from the community, is charged with exploring gaps in services for residents and making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for providing funding to nonprofit agencies that can meet these community needs. The group meets monthly and is currently seeking additional members.
For complete details on how to join the committee and on the grant fund application process, please visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/communityservices, call 301-258-6395 x1, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.