million in grants awarded to Anne Arundel nonprofits to address well-being, equity and education

BALTIMORE — Anne Arundel County leaders announced $2 million in grants to address health and wellness, promote equity and inclusion, and close the opportunity gap in education.

County Executive Steuart Pittman said 73 nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $2 million in community support grants.

“Nonprofits are closer to the community than government and are often more efficient, so it’s really an efficient way to bring services to communities,” Pittman said.

Anne Arundel County services, including tutoring programs and food distribution.

“Once a week, every Tuesday, we hand out food,” said Isaac Vineyard, executive director of the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center. “Today we were handing out bread to people in the community.”

The check was presented at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, formerly Wiley H. Bates High School, which, until 1966, was the only high school for African-American students in the entire county.

The legacy center now serves as a historical, cultural and educational center.

Each of the 73 organizations will receive a grant ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.

Vanessa Bright, founder of the Maryland Reentry Resource Center, said the money will help cover operating costs so her organization can continue helping formerly incarcerated people chart a new path.

“We’re trying to help them get ready for work, deal with any mental health issues, substance use issues, housing and any barriers they encounter to being successful,” Bright said.

Funding for this year’s community grant program was included in the fiscal year 2025 budget, which the Anne Arundel County Council approved in June.