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Announcing Open Solicitation #2021-71 Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

Issue Date: October 27, 2020

Closing Date: : Thursday December 3, 2020

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. Further information about the Collaboration Council can be found at it’s web site www.collaborationcouncil.org.

The County recognizes the need to provide youth sports in Montgomery County. Youth sports have significant social and wellness benefits to participants. In addition to promoting mental and physical health and activity, youth sports help develop confidence, keep youth engaged in productive activities, and help to teach team building and goal setting objectives.

An extensive body of research shows that physical activity has numerous and significant health, cognitive and academic benefits for children and adolescents. Yet, only about a quarter of children in the United States did the recommended daily 60 minutes physical activity in 2016. Children who play sports are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines compared with their peers. However, survey data show that the percentage of children under age 12 who played team sports “regularly” has declined in recent years, from 42% in 2011 to 38% in 2018. Data also show wide disparities in youth sports participation by family income, gender, and race and ethnicity.

The purpose of this funding is to increase the availability of youth sport services by supporting youth sports organizations through a grant process, to provide positive, structured activities for children who would otherwise lack access to these services that support their healthy development.

For complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest with Cover Page click here

Click here to download the Cover Page  

Mini-Grant Funding for Under 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Activities for FY 2021

The Collaboration Council announces the FY21 Under 21 Mini-Grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent illicit and underage substance use, misuse and overuse. Substances of focus can include, but is not limited to, alcohol, opioids and other prescription drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $2,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 16, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

Funding comes from the Montgomery County government.


For complete details and to download the Mini-Grant Application Announcement please click here.
Please direct all questions to info@collaborationcouncil.org.

Deadline for submitting questions is November 10, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Include FY21 Under 21 Mini-Grant in the subject line.

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day!

To register to vote in Maryland, you must live in Maryland. Or you must have lived in Maryland just before moving overseas. If you are voting from overseas and you did not live in Maryland just before moving overseas, you cannot register and vote in Maryland.   Register to vote, check your status or change your registration here Learn more about general voter registration requirements. Learn more about eligibility requirements for military and for citizens residing outside the U.S.
You have the right to vote. If anyone tries to stop you, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683We also wrote a handy guide that outlines your voting rights.

Before you vote, read how your candidates responded to questions in the online Voters’ Guide. Find much more at vote411.org:

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Important Update: MCPS to provide triple meal service on Fridays for *All* County Children and Students

Montgomery County Public Schools is providing curbside meal service at 74 school sites. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (double meals) and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). The district is increasing to a triple meal service on Fridays, beginning Sept. 18, to help address food insecurity for MCPS students over the weekend.  The USDA has granted waivers which again permit meal distribution to all youth 18 and under. MCPS students over 18 will need to provide a student id to pick up meals. Student names will be required for meal pick up. All sites are outside, and we ask that you wear a facemask and practice physical/social distancing as you pick up meals. Menu information is available on the main Menu webpage. Allergens, nutrients and other information can be found on the Wellness & Nutrition webpage.

 

The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, county government agencies, and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. Additionally, families are encouraged to visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Resource page for additional resources.

For sites and more information visit this MCPS webpage

Update: Montgomery County Launches $20 Million COVID Rent Relief Program: Now Accepting Requests for Second Phase of Rental Assistance

Montgomery County officials today launched the second phase of the COVID Rent Relief Program to provide financial assistance to eligible residents.  Administered by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the program will accept applications on a rolling basis while funds remain available.

The $20-million funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES act expands rental assistance and homelessness prevention to low-income households that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The funding was introduced by County Executive Marc Elrich and approved by the County Council in July.

More than $1 million in financial assistance was given to eligible households in the initial phase of the program. DHHS has continued to maintain an active waitlist and the process for requesting assistance has been streamlined since the first phase was introduced earlier this year.

Eligible renters must certify that they have income under 60 percent of the average median income, which is $65,529 for a family of three; that they lost income due to COVID-19; that they are rent-burdened and behind on rent; and that they have been a resident of Montgomery County since February 2020. Households may have formal or informal lease arrangements.

Approved households may receive up to $4,000 for rent arrears and a rent credit for future months, paid directly to the landlord when a formal lease agreement exists. Eligible households who have an informal rental arrangement will receive rental assistance based on their monthly rental costs up to $4,000. For households with informal rental arrangements that do not have a lease in their name, the grant may be provided directly to the tenant. All assistance is based on the availability of funds.

For more information, including details about program requirements and an online application are on the County’s COVID-19 website. Households can complete the online application or contact 311 for additional assistance.  Renters facing an immediate loss of housing should also call 311 to discuss their situation with Montgomery County Housing Stabilization Services.

Households that have already received a COVID Rent Relief Grant, a State Assisted Housing Relief Program grant (through their property), or those who are receiving a housing voucher are not eligible. The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is separate and different than the Rental Assistance Program operated by Housing Opportunities Commission, but households may apply to both.

Applications will be prioritized based on areas of highest COVID-19 impact, with households outside of the initial “high impact” neighborhoods placed on a waitlist and contacted as capacity allows.

DHHS has developed a Homeless Prevention Index to evaluate all neighborhoods in relation to COVID-19 impact, housing stress, and social determinants. Applications will be prioritized based on areas of highest COVID impact, with households outside of the initial “high impact” neighborhoods placed on a waitlist and contacted as capacity allows. This will enable to the program to ensure that an equity lenses is utilized, recognizing that communities of color have been significantly impacted by COVID, disproportionately experience homelessness, and are more likely to get evicted.

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Important Update: MCPS to Resume Free Meal Service for *All* County Children and Students

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the waivers that allow school systems to provide free meals to students during the summer months. MCPS will resume providing free breakfast and lunch to all county children and enrolled MCPS students.  A student identification number will not be required, however, names will be taken for each child.

Meal service will continue at 74 sites.  Beginning Tuesday, September 8, MCPS will reinstate the following mobile sites:

School Bus Service Sites:
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (double meals) and Friday at the following locations:

Pembridge/Amherst Apartments

Nob Hill Apartments

Woodmont Apartments

Forest Park Apartments

 

<.> MCPS will transition to a more traditional food service program this fall, starting on Monday, Aug. 31, the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to MCPS students at 74 meal sites. A student must be enrolled in an MCPS school to receive these meals. This curbside meal service will be provided from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). Students/families will need their student identification number in order to pick up a meal. Standard meal prices will be charged and students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) will continue to pay reduced rates. Payment will come from a student’s lunch account. Families can pick up meals at any of the 74 sites. MCPS is mailing this information home to all families, along with student ID numbers. The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, county government agencies and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. Additionally, families are encouraged to visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Resource page for additional resources. Parents/guardians of enrolled MCPS students can click here to opt in for 2020 Fall Meal Curbside Service. Meals will be available at 74 sites around Montgomery County.  For a list of meal sites, click here.
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Meals Service Programs for MCPS Students

MCPS will transition to a more traditional food service program this fall, starting on Monday, Aug. 31, the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to MCPS students at 74 meal sites. A student must be enrolled in an MCPS school to receive these meals. This curbside meal service will be provided from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). Students/families will need their student identification number in order to pick up a meal. Standard meal prices will be charged and students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) will continue to pay reduced rates. Payment will come from a student’s lunch account. Families can pick up meals at any of the 74 sites. MCPS is mailing this information home to all families, along with student ID numbers. The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, county government agencies and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. Additionally, families are encouraged to visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Resource page for additional resources. Parents/guardians of enrolled MCPS students can click here to opt in for 2020 Fall Meal Curbside Service. Meals will be available at 74 sites around Montgomery County.  For a list of meal sites, click here.

Montgomery County Creates Guide on How to Access Sexual Assault Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Montgomery County’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP), part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, and the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) have produced a guide on how to access sexual assault forensic exams (also known as SAFEs or “rape kits”), services, and counseling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that can leave survivors concerned about what they should do next. The questions and fears that survivors have after an assault are often overwhelming and scary, and the additional stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic have created new barriers to getting help. Help for sexual assault survivors has continued, even in the face of stay at home orders.

The guide provides survivors with information on what to expect during a forensic exam and how services have been redesigned to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. The informational guide is available here.  

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View Montgomery County’s programs for abused adults and children, and what our organizations are doing to prevent violence in our community.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance: Applications Open Tuesday, Aug. 18

COVID-19 RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 Application submissions for this program open Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:00 am.


What is the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program?

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unprecedented financial hardship for many Montgomery County residents, the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance in the form of a rent subsidy payment.  This program seeks to fill the gaps for those who have lost income during COVID-19.

 

Application submissions OPEN August 18, 2020 at 10:00 am and CLOSE August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

 

Application

Access Online Application Portal HERE beginning August 18, 2020 ()

Digital applications must be completed using the portal. Applications will not be accepted via email.

 

Download PDF Version below 

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All paper applications MUST be date and time-stamped and placed in the designated drop box at one of the following locations:

  1. 10400 Detrick Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895
  2. 231 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
  3. 101 Lakeforest Boulevard #200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
  4. 880 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Landlord Information

As stated in the application and FAQs, every application must provide complete supporting documentation by the stated deadline, to include information from your landlord. To help you gather this information, you may use the form below. When placed in a sealed envelope, your full name (applicant) and “COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program – Landlord Documentation” must be visible on the outside of the envelope.
 

Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions

Click below for eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Preguntas frecuentes – COVID- 19 Programa de asistencia de alquiler 


Questions
 

If you have questions or require assistance, email CDBG_RAP@hocmc.org or reach out to our Call Center staff at help@hocmc.org or (240) 627-9400.

Engaging Youth & Family Activities

Montgomery County Recreation is offering outdoor programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles this summer. Programs and activities are tailored to a variety of interests, skill levels and ages. Registration is now underway. Many programs are FREE!

To view available programs, visit our new Rec Outdoors webpage at mocorec.com > Activities & Programs > Rec Outdoors. Direct link: hhttps://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/activitiesandprograms/recoutdoors/index.html

Here are just a few examples of the programs you will see:

Ready, Set, Go, Ages Vary, Month of August, Two Locations: Bauer CRC and Upper County CRC, flyer.

Pop-ups (Rec w/o Walls), All Ages, Month of August, Six Locations: Damascus CRC, Mid-County CRC, Germantown CRC, East County CRC, Coffield CRC, North Potomac CRC, flyer.

Again, this is just a quick glance at some of our offerings, please visit mocorec.com to see our full line up!
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