By Josh Davis, Associate Editor
(July 26, 2018) Nonprofits hoping to receive a grant from the Town of Berlin have until Wednesday, Aug. 1 to apply.
The town budgeted $30,000 to give to local nonprofits and, as of Monday, only one organization had applied, according to Town Administrator Laura Allen.
“That deadline is fast approaching,” Allen said.
In February, the Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution establishing a nonprofit grant process, although four organizations were exempted: Atlantic General Hospital, the Berlin Fire Company, Town of Berlin Energy Assistance Program, and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services.
Mayor Gee Williams, at the time, said “a separate pot of grant money” would be available to all other organizations.
“Those are unique services and they’re all, quite frankly, one of a kind,” Williams said. “We’re doing more nonprofit granting now than any time in the town’s history, but we’re also trying to be responsible.”
Under the new policy, organizations can apply for funding after a fiscal year budget is passed. Any organization entering into an agreement with the town would have to provide a grant report within 90 days, both written and as a presentation during a Town Council meeting.
Full text of the policy can be viewed on page 20 of the Feb. 26 meeting packet, available at www.berlinmd.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/02.26.18.pdf.