Since October, all 18 applicants who applied for funds from the county’s Community Access Pilot Program have been granted money, Ramona Bell-Pearson, assistant county chief administrative officer, said.
“We hope the momentum will pick up,” Bell-Pearson said on behalf of the review committee of the applications filed.
The review committee — comprised of a member of the executive staff, a member of the county council, a representative from the Regional Services Center and the Silver Spring Civic Building’s operation manager — met in November and December, so far awarding slightly less than 10 percent of the $200,000 allocated for the program, Bell-Pearson said Tuesday.
The pilot program was designed to provide grants to nonprofits and not-for-profit organizations in the county that are unable to afford the rental fees at the Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza. The $200,000 program stems from $100,000 from the executive budget and $100,000 from the county council.
Bell-Pearson said that on average, about 78 percent of the funds requested by 18 applicants were granted, though some organizations were granted as high as 90 percent of their requested amount. The pilot program money can be used toward any of the rooms in the Civic Building.
Applications for the program are accepted on a rolling application bases and can be found online on the county’s website. Applications must be submitted by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
Because it is a pilot program, Bell-Pearson said that if the funds are not expended this year, there is a possibility they could roll over.