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Organized in partnership with the Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition in Washington County will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions.
Involving an essay competition and a live quiz event from 9 am – noon on Saturday, April 29, at Springfield Middle School in Williamsport, MD, students will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to move on to the State-wide competition!
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Project Restore Grants
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, through Project Restore, is providing financial support to Maryland’s existing or new businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties. DHCD is going to offer another round of Project Restore, and applications will be accepted beginning on July 7th. The first round was extremely popular, with grants awarded to 19 Western Maryland businesses.
Project Restore provides two grant opportunities for businesses, including nonprofits, that are expanding, moving to or opening in a property that was previously vacant for at least six months:
- Property Assistance Grant: Provides up to $30,000 for one year to support costs associated with rent, mortgage payment or property improvements as applicable.
- Business Operations Grant: For businesses that generate sales and use tax, provides up to $250,000 per calendar year to support capital (property improvements, equipment etc.) and operating (staff salaries, marketing, inventory etc.) costs associated with business operations in the vacant property.