March 28, 2023
Annapolis, US 53 F

Community Foundation grants $72K to 4 county organizations

community foundationThe Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is proud to announce four new Ladders to Success Economic Opportunity Grants. The awards totaling $72,000 aim to improve economic outcomes for low-income adults and youth in Anne Arundel County.

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC), through its grant program, Ladders to SUCCESS, has awarded more than $650,000 to local nonprofits that are helping low income youth succeed in school and life, and increasing the self-sufficiency of low income adults through programs that eliminate barriers to employment and provide workforce training, skillbuilding, and job placement. 

“The Community Foundation is proud to be the largest institutional grantmaker in Anne Arundel County.  We work with generous donors and Fund Holders to co-invest in areas where there is the greatest need. Ladders to Success is proving to be our most robust grant program,” says Bess Langbein, executive director.

CFAAC programs is funding the following programs through Ladders to Success:

The Community Action Agency’s Green Summer Works is a comprehensive workforce preparation, life skills, and financial literacy training program for low-income youth in Anne Arundel County. The employment is all rooted in “green jobs.”

The Light House’s B.E.S.T Facilities Management and Advanced Facilities Training, a workforce training program to enhance the skills of 30 graduates of the B.E.S.T. Program. This will improve the likelihood of sustainable employment and self-sufficiency.

Associated Catholic Charities, Sarah’s House to fund their Economic Opportunity Through Sustainable Employment. This program helps families who are experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County obtain critical services to gain employment, increase earning capacity, and achieve long-term sustainability.

Anne Arundel Literacy Council’s Changing Lives Through Literacy. The grant provides funding for one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for vulnerable adults and out-of-school youth with low reading levels.

For more information on the Community Foundation’s Ladders to Success program, please contact Gretchen Tomkies at [email protected] or go online to

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