Md. Census Panel Doles Out 36 Grants to Help Maximize Count

    In an effort to maximize the state’s population count in the 2020 U.S. Census – and the federal funding that goes along with it — the state’s 2020 Census Grant Program Panel announced Monday that 36 Maryland government and nonprofit organizations will receive funding as part of a census outreach program. The $4.09 million in awards will support efforts to ensure every Marylander completes his or her census form.

    The Census Grant Panel awarded grants to eligible applicants that demonstrated the capacity to conduct outreach activities throughout Maryland to:

    • Ensure a fair, accurate, and inclusive count for Maryland, and
    • Increase the response rate of hard-to-count communities and populations in Maryland.

    “We are funding proposals that support efforts to reach some of the most challenging segments of our population to increase census responses, and provide a full and accurate portrait of every community throughout Maryland,” said Planning Secretary Rob McCord, who is one of the grant panel’s five members and whose agency oversees the panel’s work. “Counting each person helps every one of us in Maryland.”

    Recipients of the grants include local governments and nonprofits that applied for a portion of the matching funds.

    The 2020 Census Grant Program recipients are:

    RecipientMatching Grant Amount
    Action in Maturity, Inc.$25,000
    Anne Arundel County$45,000
    Baltimore City Department of Planning$250,000
    Baltimore County$250,000
    Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Inc.$139,500
    Banner Neighborhoods$26,740
    Carroll County$40,000
    CASA de Maryland, Inc.$447,614
    Catholic Charities Esperanza$65,050
    Centro De Apoyo Familiar$250,000
    Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County$50,000
    City of College Park$34,385
    City of Greenbelt$15,000
    City of Seat Pleasant$18,636
    Frederick County$80,000
    Global Outreach Leaders$109,200
    Green and Healthy Homes Initiative$125,000
    Harford County$133,310
    Howard County$150,240
    Howard County Chinese School$80,000
    Identity, Inc.$123,080
    Montgomery County$581,700
    Montgomery County Renters Alliance$100,000
    Moving Youth Toward Hope, Inc.$52,000
    No Boundaries Coalition$76,086
    Northern Gateway$25,000
    Prince George’s County$244,208
    Resident Services. Inc.$163,182
    Southwest Partnerships$30,000
    Town of Forest Heights$59,000
    Unified Efforts, Inc.$7,500
    United Way of Central Maryland$110,000
    Vietnamese American Service, Inc.$62,900
    Washington County Commission on Aging$15,000
    Women’s Home Preservation Fund$89,990
    Young Invincibles$25,000
    Total$4,099,321
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