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Cardin Hosts Nonprofits Grants Workshop on Campus

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin hosted his inaugural nonprofits grants workshop at Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus. Approximately 250 people attended the event, geared toward professionals who work in the nonprofit sector.

Man and women talking at Cardin workshopAs a result of federal budget cuts and the elimination of earmarks, nonprofit organizations are increasingly relying on grants to fund initiatives in health care, law enforcement, affordable housing and other programs, Cardin said. He said he wanted to ensure that nonprofits have the tools they need to access and successfully apply for grants. Nonprofit organizations, he said, are vital to programs that improve our communities.

“Government is changing. The partnership is changing,” Cardin said. “They want to know how they can better access government partnerships so they can do the work in the community that is so important to strengthening our neighborhoods. I am very much interested in helping the nonprofit community because I know what I want to do in government is only enhanced when we are partners with the nonprofit community.”

Presenters at the event included representatives from the U.S. Departments of Justice;  Labor;  Housing and Urban Development; Health and Human Services; and grants.gov.  Representatives from state government also met with attendees. Departments included the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention; Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; and the Governor’s Grants Office.

Greg Cantori, president of the Maryland Association of Non-Profit Organizations, gave opening remarks, followed by Cardin’s comments.Photo of crowd at Cardin workshop

Speaking the day after former South Africa President Nelson Mandela died, Cardin told those present that they, too, should be proud of the legacy they are leaving. He also issued a call to action, encouraging those  in attendance to be engaged in the budget battles in Washington, D.C. Sequestration, threats of shutdowns and temporary spending bills are no way to govern, he said.

“You need a healthy federal partner,” Cardin said. “We are governing from one manufactured crisis to another. That is hurting our country.

“Indecision is hurting this country,” Cardin continued. “We need your engagement in that debate.”

Cardin said he was thrilled with the turnout for his first nonprofit grants workshop.

“I really do have hope when I come to a meeting like this,” Cardin said. “Like Nelson Mandela, you are here to make a difference.”

CATEGORY: In The Community