The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is making grants available again to elementary and middle
schools through the Green Apple Fund for teachers who purchase supplies for their classrooms. Grants ranging
from $25 to $100 are available. Educators who teach in private and public schools in Calvert, Charles, and St.
Mary’s counties, grades one through eight, are invited to apply. Grants are awarded to the schools.
According to Gretchen Hardman, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, the
Green Apple Grant Fund was established with donations from the Foundation’s Community Grant Fund, by an
anonymous retired teacher, the Kimble Family and the Chaney Team Fund to help support teachers who spend
their own money on supplies for their classrooms. Hardman explained, “Every school year, teachers purchase
sundry materials to create interesting lessons for their students, and they buy supplies they need for their
classrooms. These Green Apple grants are awarded to the schools to help supplement the school budget for
educational materials.” “Last year, the first year for this grant program, the Green Apple Grant Fund awarded
38 teachers a total of $3,685.37. This year we expect this amount to increase.”
Applications for the Green Apple Fund for Educators are available on the Community Foundation of Southern
Maryland’s website. Grant applications must be submitted by 4 p.m., on April 4, 2016, and grant awards will be
announced in May 2016. Awards range from $25-$100 and will be distributed in the order they are received
until the allocated funds have been exhausted. Only one application per teacher will be accepted. Funds are
awarded for the current school year. If the applicant has already purchased any supplies for the current school
year, receipts should be attached to the application.
Applications are available online at www.cfsomd.org/grants. For more information, contact Gretchen Hardman,
Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, at 240-670-4483. Applications may be
submitted electronically in pdf format to email@example.com or by mail to: Community Foundation of
Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 716, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, by Monday, April 4, 4 p.m. Staff will be at the
office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4, to accept applications. Donations of any amount may be made to this
Fund at any time. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Even you can be a philanthropist. The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland invites local residents
with a vision and a passion for community to create something together. For good. Forever. The Community
Foundation translates collective giving into big—local—impact. Devoted to making Southern Maryland the
best place to live and give, the Community Foundation gives everyday people of every income level the
opportunity to create and realize the power of an endowment. For more information, go to
www.somdgiving.org or call 240-670-4483 (GIVE).
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