The TNI Fund for Community Innovation Awards $142,000 to Nonprofits

The Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) Fund for Community Innovation Awards $142,000 to Nonprofits Serving Prince George’s County, Maryland

On Tuesday July 12th, Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III, was joined by Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools, to recognize nine nonprofit organizations that received a total of $142,000 in grant funding from the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) Fund for Community Innovation, a component fund managed by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Prince George’s County.

Established in 2014 by the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive and Prince George’s County Public Schools, the TNI Fund provides general operating, program funding and capacity building support to community-based organizations providing quality free and/or affordable out-of-school programming for youth and families living in Prince George’s County’s TNI communities of Langley Park, East Riverdale/Bladensburg, Kentland/Palmer Park, Suitland/Coral Hills, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights, and Glassmanor/Oxon Hill.

“At the center of the success of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) are the relationships developed between the government, community-based organizations and community members. We understand that in order to successfully address the needs of our communities requires a partnership between the government and community-based organizations,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “These organizations will receive various supports needed to allow them to continue and expand the services and programs they provide to strengthen our communities.”

The goal of the TNI Fund is to support nonprofit organizations committed to fostering positive outcomes for youth, ages 0-18, and families in the Prince George’s County’s TNI communities by supporting education for youth including: literacy, early learning, college and career readiness and other enrichment activities that promote and assist in improving academic achievement; recreational activities that are offered in a safe and nurturing environment and encourage wellness, conflict resolution, violence prevention, and family engagement; and life skill activities that provide exposure to career and leadership development and civic engagement opportunities that foster responsible citizenship.

The TNI Fund is a clear demonstration of the value of partnerships between the public sector and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families, particularly in our most vulnerable communities.” said Desiree Griffin-Moore, Executive Director of The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County. “These resources also allow our extremely dedicated nonprofit organizations to build and sustain their effectiveness while fostering positive outcomes for Prince George’s County youth.”

A total of $218,500 has been granted to 11 organizations through the TNI Fund since its inception. The TNI Fund aims to support organizations in order to provide an array of educational services for youth residing in targeted communities.