LANDOVER, Md., Jan. 15, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The Prince George's Community Foundation (PGCF), a regional affiliate of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, has approved 30 grants totaling $329,000 from the National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund for 2008. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $15,800, will support 30 nonprofit organizations in the areas of workforce development, arts and culture, education, recreation and social services for children, youth, young adults and senior citizens.

Artis Hampshire-Cowan, President of PGCF's board remarked, "As a Board of Directors, we are very proud to be a part of the important movement of helping organizations reaching out in our Prince George's County neighborhoods to better serve our people in need. The National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund helps us to expand our services to nonprofit organizations. We are grateful to our County Executive, Mr. Jack Johnson, our County Council under the leadership of Ms. Camille Exum, and Mr. Milt Peterson, Founder of The Peterson Companies, for agreeing to the management of the fund by The Prince George's Community Foundation. The fund has been managed in a professional manner and with complete transparency. We congratulate the organizations that were best able to meet the criteria and we look forward to continued excellent programs in our county." "The application review was rigorous," noted PGCF Executive Director Desiree Griffin-Moore. "We received 223 proposals submitted by large and small nonprofit organizations, requesting a total of $5 million. With $329,000 available, the selection process was very tough." Proposals were received from a wide array of organizations working in the areas of recreation, education, social services, leadership development, and arts and culture, among others.

The most important criteria were based upon standard "indicators of effectiveness", as defined by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. The indicators utilized to evaluate proposals included: 1) a sound strategy for achieving realistic goals; 2) collaboration in the delivery of services; 3) leveraging support so that resources can be maximized; 4) leadership and governance that reflect sound management practices; 5) outcomes that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, cost effective and relevant; 6) an evaluation process that measures and maintains outcomes and accomplishments; and 7) sound financial health that reflects a realistic budget and organizational systems that are in compliance with state, federal and foundation reporting systems.

In addition, in 2007 PGCF held an informational meeting on September 20th and a daylong technical assistance session on September 29th. Close to 200 participants attended each session. Organizations learned about the National Harbor Fund grants program and its expectations, providing nonprofits with best-practices information and standards for writing grant proposals. "We felt that it was critical to offer technical assistance to organizations seeking help in writing their proposals," said Griffin-Moore.

PGCF is committed to helping nonprofits build their capacity to secure funding from a range of sources. Along with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, PGCF has initiated the Partnership for Prince George's County. This is the first time that PGCF has been engaged in a strategic effort to galvanize local and regional philanthropic support of the county's nonprofit community. The ultimate goal is to help Prince George's County nonprofit organizations grow stronger and obtain significant financial support for their programs from many of the larger corporate and philanthropic organizations throughout the area.

Following is a complete list of 2007 National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund grantees.

 Accokeek Foundation
 Accokeek, MD
 To support expansion of the African American interpretation program
 at National Colonial Farm

 Alexandria Seaport Foundation
 Alexandria, VA
 To support boat-building apprenticeships for two residents of Prince
 George's County

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
 Lanham, MD
 To support one-on-one mentoring and family support services

 Christmas in April Prince George's County
 Clinton, MD
 To support the purchase of supplies and materials needed to repair
 the homes of elderly and/or disabled homeowners

 Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Inc.
 Hyattsville, MD
 To support free legal advice to residents of Oxon Hill, MD, and
 legal representation to special education students, ensuring
 appropriate school placement

 Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council
 Washington, DC
 To support the Building Futures Apprenticeship Outreach and
 Recruitment Project, which provides apprenticeship and training
 opportunities for 30 Prince George's County residents ages 17 and

 Covenant House
 Washington, DC
 To support the Street and Community Outreach Program, which assists
 youth living on the streets in finding safe and appropriate living
 environments, and provides them with a range of support services

 Cultural Academy for Excellence
 Hyattsville, MD
 To support a music-based academic and life skills enrichment
 out-of-school program for 80 at-risk youth between the ages of
 7 and 18

 From Rags to Riches Inc.
 Riverdale, MD
 To support community-based supervision and therapeutic services to
 female ex-offenders in Prince George's County

 Functional Fitness 4 Kids, Inc.
 Fort Washington, MD
 To support providing a safe, fun and nondiscriminatory environment
 in which children can exercise, build relationships and gain
 nutritional information

 Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.
 Hyattsville, MD
 To support the improvement and expansion of the Family Literacy
 Program, which serves primarily African immigrant and Latino
 children from low-income households

 International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation
 Washington, DC
 To support implementation of the TAKE 10! Program, which introduces
 grade-specific concepts with age-appropriate movement to elementary
 school teachers and students

 Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
 Hyattsville/Landover, MD
 To support implementation of the Saturday Academy A-MAN Program
 at the Samuel Massie School in Forestville, MD

 Little Foot Daycare, Inc.
 Accokeek, MD
 To support purchase of a van for transporting children to
 recreational, cultural and arts activities

 Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
 Washington, DC
 To support augmentation of the science curriculum and expansion of
 recreational opportunities for Prince George's County school children

 Minority Access, Inc.
 Hyattsville, MD
 To support two, three-week arts camps

 Our Black Authors Foundation
 Largo, MD
 To support expansion of the writing camp and other writing
 activities, including web platforms and technology, for 80 students

 Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc.
 Largo, MD
 To support eight, 10-week series of Baby Arts Play and Wolftrap
 Residency at the organization's Adelphi/Langley Park Family Support

 Prince George's Tennis and Education Foundation
 Largo, MD
 To support tennis instruction, fitness training, academic assistance
 and college preparation training to 450 youth

 Reaching Objectives Through Joint Action
 Suitland, MD
 To support academic programs and activities for youth and parents
 from low-income households

 Shabach Ministries
 Landover, MD
 To support educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in the
 graphics production industry

 Soul in Motion Players, Inc.
 Rockville, MD
 To support Fort Washington, MD-based BodyMoves, LLC, providing
 enrichment opportunities to 20 youth and teens in the performing
 arts and fitness areas

 St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home
 Hyattsville, MD
 To support comprehensive residential services to young, single
 mothers in Prince George's County, MD

 Donald M. Taylor Aeronautical Academy
 Fort Washington, MD
 To support the implementation of formal planning pertaining to
 staff, curriculum design and selection of instructional materials
 and resources

 Top Banana Home Delivered Groceries, Inc.
 Brandywine, MD
 To support helping more than 200 Prince George's County seniors
 maintain involvement in community life

 Training Source
 Seat Pleasant, MD
 To support the planning and implementation of an eight-week Life
 and and Ability Skills Training Program assisting developmentally
 disabled youth who are exiting the public schools

 United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.
 Capital Heights, MD
 To support adult basic education, job readiness and job search
 assistance to unemployed and/or underemployed residents ages
 17 to 24

 Paul Lawrence Vann Foundation
 Fort Washington, MD
 To support financial literacy and authorship for 120 youth

 World Arts Focus
 Mount Ranier, MD
 To support arts education, cultural enrichment, mentoring and
 outreach activities in Mount Ranier, MD, and neighboring
 municipalities in the Prince George's Gateway Arts District/Route 1

 YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
 Washington, DC
 To support expansion of the Zesty Trailblazers Program for seniors
 at the organization's Potomac Overlook branch in Fort Washington,

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Lucenia Dunn
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