2016 Grants

Grants Awarded in 2016 include:

Association of Community Services: $9,950 to support the Howard County Nonprofit Center.

Bright Minds Foundation: $9,994 to strategically assess the future direction of the Bright Minds Foundation, its activities, mission and goals as it works to help all Howard County Public School System students succeed.

Church of the Resurrection, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Korean American Community Association, St John Baptist Church, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and Winter Growth, Inc.: $27,001 to promote the Speak(easy) Howard campaign and encourage residents to take two critical steps in advance care planning—to have a conversation about their health care wishes with loved ones and identify a health care agent who can communicate these wishes.

Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration, Inc.: $5,000 to sponsor the events and celebrations honoring the 50th anniversary of Columbia, Md.

Community Action Council of Howard County: $45,000 to support the Healthy Families, Healthy Children program, which helps three- and four-year-old children at all Howard County Head Start centers and their families develop healthy habits and better manage chronic diseases through the EatPlayGrow curriculum.

Ellicott City Historic Partnership: $10,000 to provide flood recovery assistance to businesses and residents impacted by the July 2016 flood in Ellicott City.

Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland: $100,000 over two years to expand comprehensive behavioral health care by becoming licensed as an outpatient mental health clinic, adding child psychiatry and expanding capacity.

Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services: $10,000 to assess the feasibility of a mobile integrated health program that will help reduce operational strain on emergency care resources and improve care for patients with complex medical conditions.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center: $28,500 to expand mental health education by offering three types of trainings that will help individuals learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

Howard County General Hospital: $25,000 to ensure the seamless transition of the Community Care Teams and Journey 2 Better Health programs to the hospital. Community Care Teams work with frequently hospitalized Howard County residents to connect them with the resources that can help them better manage their illness, improve their health and avoid preventable hospitalizations. Journey 2 Better Health trains members of faith-based organizations to support the health of their congregants.

Howard County Government: $250,000 to pilot a bikeshare program in Columbia with the goal of increasing transportation options that increase daily physical exercise.  The program includes seven bikeshare stations with 70 bicycles serving the Columbia Lakefront, The Mall in Columbia, the Crescent development, Howard County General Hospital, Howard Community College, Oakland Mills Village Center and Blandair Park.

Howard County Health Department: $149,453 to enhance health care access for youth by expanding school-based behavioral health and tele-psychiatry consultation, provided in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability: $60,000 to support The Roving Radish, a program that promotes healthy eating habits, while creating sustainable markets for local and regional farms through affordable, healthy meal kits sold to county residents, and offered at a discounted price to those in need.

Humanim: $60,000 to study the feasibility of increasing access to behavioral health services in the county by expanding the number of providers accepting patients covered by Medicaid.

Maryland State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): $10,000 to support education efforts in partnership with Sugar Free Kids Maryland to promote healthy lifestyles in Maryland.

Way Station, Inc.: $12,166 in bridge funding for the continuation of rapid access behavioral health services that provide urgent, outpatient, crisis stabilization services within 24-48 hours of referral for Howard County adults in need of immediate access to short term, psychiatric, problem-focused intervention, regardless of ability to pay; $95,000 to provide residential crisis beds for individuals, regardless of income, where they can receive intensive mental health support services from licensed professionals in a therapeutic setting.