Community Empowerment Matching Grant  

Community Empowerment Grants help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals that support the overall health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call "home." The City of Rockville offers these grants to neighbors and organizations who are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donation and volunteer hours. 

This is a competitive grant program. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the City Manager’s Office and are typically in the range of $500 to $1,000 each. Funding will benefit an area within the Rockville city limits. 

Awardees are required to complete a summary of the desired project outcomes and submit a minimum of two visual items to illustrate the project (photos, printed materials, etc) after the project has been completed.


  • December 13, 2019 - Applications open.
  • January 17, 2020 - Applications are due.
  • January 31, 2020 - Notification to recipients.
  • February 21, 2020 - Funds are available.
  • December 25, 2020 - Grant recipients deadline to present documentation to prove usage of funds. 
 Still have questions? Contact: 

Community Engagement
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


The Community Empowerment Grant Program has three primary objectives. Grant applications may address any or all the objectives and no single objective is prioritized higher than the other two for funding. The objectives are:

  • Building Community. The funds may be used for programs or projects that promote the development or sustainability of a neighborhood association or community group.
  • Community Improvement Projects. The funds may be used to improve the shared space within a neighborhood or to strengthen community identity. This may include items such as landscape improvements and maintenance, signage, bus shelters, natural features management, benches, painting, or certain exterior improvements. Bonus points will be awarded if two or more neighborhoods/community groups work together on a project.
  • Livability Initiatives. Funds may be used to provide education and outreach opportunities that strengthen the social connections in a neighborhood or between two or more community groups / neighborhoods. Funds may be used for initiatives such as increased safety, addressing a neighborhood challenge or conflict, serving senior low-income community members, or offering ways to welcome newcomers to Rockville.


  • Neighborhood/civic/homeowner’s associations.
  • Community groups.
  • Groups of neighbors. 

The successful grant recipients must authorize one individual to manage the grant contracts and funds. Your group must consist of a minimum of five members. If your group represents an established group such as an HOA, civic association or other community groups, you must provide documentation that you are applying on their behalf. All funds provided through this grant are subject to taxes.  

Application Process

Application deadline is January 17, 2019.

Complete the Budget Worksheet

Download the budget worksheet to estimate costs and matching funds for Neighborhood Empowerment Grant applications. Calculations in the worksheet will not work if the PDF is opened in a browser. PDF works best in Acrobat Reader.

The budget worksheet must be uploaded with the online application.

Complete the Application

Complete the online application with all additional materials by January 17, 2020.

Receive Award Notification

If you are accepted and awarded the matching grant, you will be notified by January 28, 2019. 

Submit Documentation

By December 25, 2020, grant recipients must provide the following documentation to the City of Rockville: 
  1. Receipts demonstrating the use of funding.
  2. Pictures documenting the project.
  3. A brief report outlining how and if the project met the stated goals.
 Funds must need to be used by December 16, 2020