On December 29th, Governor Larry Hogan announced nearly $10 million in grant awards through the Community Safety Works program to more than 150 business districts, neighborhood associations, local governments and nonprofit organizations across Maryland, including $11,000 to St. Mary’s Community Development Corporation.
Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), this program improves the livability and economic potential of Maryland communities through targeted investments in crime prevention that impact community safety. With the second round of awards, Community Safety Works has assisted more than 450 organizations.
St. Mary’s CDC applied under the Facility and Community Improvement category which funds community-led cleaning and greening activities promoting litter prevention and beautification, installing community/neighborhood signage, and renovating parks.
Per the grant request, the CDC plans to use most of the award for a new mural installation to further the beautification strategies initiated in 2022 with the first annual Great Mills Road cleanup, and the remainder of the funds will be allocated towards cleanup expenses.
Read the press release here.