Qlarant gives $385K to nonprofits
EASTON — Christmas came early this year to the grantees honored by the Qlarant Foundation on Thursday, July 12.
The Qlarant Foundation honored 14 organizations around Maryland and the District of Columbia during its annual grant awards reception.
Qlarant Director of Marketing Pat Boos said the Qlarant Foundation awarded $385,000 to 14 deserving recipients this year.
“We have four different areas of our company and the foundation is one of them. We have about 500 employees throughout the nation in 12 different offices. Each year, the foundation gives about $385,000 a year to grantees throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” Boos said. “These are some of the most fantastic people that serve underserved and under privileged people throughout our community. The grantees are just fantastic people.”
The grantees are chosen from a pool of entries. Boos said they typically receive about 85 entries each year. She said the organizations are required to supply quite a bit of information about their program, and there are certain requirements that must be met. From the initial applicants, the top 10 to 15 are awarded the grants.
“We have a fixed amount of money we can give out. We try to give as much money as we can to as many people as we can,” Boos said. “We have tight criteria about what you need to present and metrics that have to be met. We have to have quarterly updates on how the money will be used.”
This year, the Qlarant Foundation honored Access Carroll; Breast Care for Washington; Channel Marker; Community Ministries of Rockville; Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions; Girls in the Game; Help and Outreach Point of Entry; La Clinica del Pueblo; Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped; Miriam’s Kitchen; Mission of Mercy; Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center; University Legal Services; and the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation — Breathmobile.
Locally, Channel Marker Mental Health Support Services received $25,000 to assist people in Dorchester, Caroline and Talbot counties. Channel Marker Clinical Director Marty Cassell said the grant money will be used to help provide existing clients with access to a nurse and nurse practitioner.
“We see clients that aren’t always reimbursed through health home because it’s a Medicaid-only reimbursement. Some of our clients have Medicare or other types of insurance,” Cassell said. “The money goes to help us serving those people rather than us denying them services. It also gives us extra time to have our nurse practitioner there to provide consultation on some of our riskier cases.
“We are very honored and grateful. There are a lot of people that do outstanding work here in Maryland. To be one of the recipients of the grant is a tremendous accomplishment.”
This isn’t the first time Channel Marker has received a grant from the Qlarant Foundation. Channel Marker Support Coordinator Danielle Williams said they try to do as much as they can with the money they have and never count on receiving the grant money.
“We always operate and do the best we can with the money we have. We’ve gotten this for several years, but we don’t take it for granted,” Williams said. “We are very appreciative that the Qlarant Foundation thinks of us. We are going to continue do what we’re asked to because we are recipients of this grant.”
During the awards reception, grantees had the opportunity to chat with other grant winners to share information. They were also invited to attend workshops to offer advice on fundraising and how to develop partnerships with other nonprofit agencies. The day ended with remarks from Qlarant Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Molly Burgoyne-Brian.
Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37BTalbot, and Sen. Addie Eckhardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, were on hand to congratulate grantees and voice their support for the programs that were honored this year.
“The Qlarant Foundation has been awarding funding for programs that serve the most vulnerable people in our community,” Eckhardt said. “It’s pretty remarkable that over $385,000 goes back into the community. It’s very impressive, and we’re very appreciative.”
From left: Brenda Crabbs, Qlarant Foundation Board member; Sen. Addie Eckardt-R-37-Mid-Shore; Bob Valenti, Qlarant Foundation Board member; Dr. Molly Burgoyne-Brian, chairman, Qlarant Foundation Board of Directors; Amanda Neal, Qlarant Foundation Board...