Community Empowerment Matching Grant Program – Maryland

Community Empowerment Grants help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals that support the overall health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call “home.” The City of Rockville offers these grants to neighbors and organizations who are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donation and volunteer hours.

Donor Name: City of Rockville

State: Maryland

City: Rockville

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/04/2022

Size of the Grant: $500 to $1,000


This is a competitive grant program. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the City Manager’s Office and are typically in the range of $500 to $1,000 each. Funding will benefit those who live within the Rockville city limits.

Awardees are required to complete a summary of the project outcomes, submit receipts showing proper use of funding and submit a minimum of two visual items to illustrate the project (photos, printed materials, etc.) after the project has been completed.


The Community Empowerment Grant Program has three primary objectives. Grant applications may address any or all the objectives and no single objective is prioritized higher than the other two for funding. The objectives are:

  • Building Community. The funds may be used for programs or projects that promote the development or sustainability of a neighborhood association or community group. The funds can be used for activities that promote inclusion and diversity within the Rockville community.
  • Community Improvement Projects. The funds may be used to improve the shared space within a neighborhood or to strengthen community identity. Bonus points will be awarded if two or more neighborhoods/community groups work together on a project.
  • Livability Initiatives. Funds may be used to provide education and outreach opportunities that strengthen the social connections in a neighborhood or between two or more community groups/neighborhoods. Funds may be used for initiatives such as increased safety, addressing a neighborhood challenge or conflict, serving senior low-income community members, or offering ways to welcome newcomers to Rockville.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Neighborhood/civic/homeowner’s associations.
  • Community groups.
  • Groups of neighbors
  • Student groups

The successful grant recipients must authorize one individual to manage the grant contracts and funds. Your group must consist of a minimum of five members. If your group represents an established group such as an HOA, civic association or other community group, you must provide documentation that you are applying on their behalf. All funds provided through this grant are subject to taxes.

For more information, visit Community Empowerment Matching Grant.