Manna Food Center and Montgomery County Food Council Award Grants

Manna Food Center, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Montgomery County Food Council have awarded $30,000 in capacity and infrastructure building Community Food Rescue, a program of Manna Food Center mini-grants, to 18 county nonprofit organizations involved in food security efforts.

The mini-grants support the recommendations of the County’s Food Security Plan, which sets forth a vision for Montgomery County in which all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food with dignity. The organizations selected to receive grants will apply their funding to specific efforts designed to increase the capacity and/or infrastructure for food security in the county. The funded projects must also increase the efficiency and effectiveness of efforts to reduce food insecurity in the county using partnerships and collaborations.

The CFR mini-grants are funded and administered by DHHS in coordination with CFR. A Montgomery County Food Council grants-evaluation team reviewed and evaluated the grant applications and made funding recommendations to DHHS.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Presents a Senior Resource Fair

Montgomery County Public Libraries presented a free senior resource fair on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Kensington Park Library. “Enriching the Lives of Seniors” was the theme for the fair, which aims to connect seniors to the numerous library and county resources available. Seniors participated in fitness demonstrations, information sessions and networked with representatives about housing and recreation opportunities. The senior resource fair is one of the many outreach events that MCPL hosts with community and county agencies to showcase a broad range of resources for county residents. Volunteers are needed for future events. For more information or to volunteer, call 240.773.9515.

Montgomery County Awards 12 Small Business Matching Grants

Montgomery County has awarded a total of $425,000 in matching grants to 12 small companies that applied for the county’s new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Matching Grant Program. In order to qualify, eligible companies must have been awarded an SBIR or STTR Phase I or Phase II grant during the current calendar year by the National Institutes of Health, and 51 percent of research and development operations must be conducted in Montgomery County.

“I applaud the County Council’s leadership in supporting the growth of our early-stage biotech companies by creating this matching fund,” County Executive Ike Leggett said. “It builds on the county’s consistent support over the years to ensure Montgomery County is a national and global leader in leveraging our biomedical R & D assets to grow companies and jobs while saving and improving lives.”

For more information about the program, visit MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/Biz-Resources/business-financing.html.