The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity was opened by the County in 2001. The Center provides activities and services to the County's diverse community and functions as a central point of contact for residents to the County and other community services. It is committed to working closely with government agencies, community organizations, and individual residents to ensure high customer service and to meet the needs of this very diverse community.
Arts and Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization designated as Montgomery County's local arts agency. In 2002, the AHCMC disbursed over $1 million in grants and contributions to nonprofit organizations, artists and scholars to help fund cultural activities in the County. AHCMC funding is provided by Montgomery County Government, the Maryland State Arts Council, corporations, organizations and individuals. The Council's programs and services include
- Advocacy & Legislative Alerts
- Arts in Education
- Community Outreach
- Cultural Events Calendar
- Cultural Planning
- Grants and Fellowships
- Public Arts Trust
- Special Events
- Technical Assistance
The Cultural Orientation Center's "Guidebook for Refugees" is intended to give refugees information about fundamental aspects of life in the United States and includes the following chapters: Pre-Arrival Processing, The Resettlement Agency, Community Services, Housing, Transportation, Employment, Education, Health, Managing your Money, Rights and Responsibilities, and Cultural Adjustment.
Know Your County is a guide to the County government. It is produced to offer the residents a greater understanding of the functioning of local government and the array of services it provides. This guide gives clear concise descriptions and contact information for government departments and agencies in Montgomery County.
The manual is divided into sections that together provide a comprehensive overview of County services and structure. It is also available in Spanish and Chinese.
- Basic Information and History
- Montgomery County Government
- Departments and Offices of Montgomery County Government
- Administration of Justice
- Inter-County Agencies
- Financing County Government
- Public Education
- Voting and Elections
- A-Z Service Listings
infoMontgomery is Montgomery County's inventory of Human Services. Launched in April 2007, this website is an up-to-date resource database designed to connect professionals, residents, and their caregivers to programs and services. Please take time to explore this website and the many programs and services offered to County residents.
I Want to... County Homepage Link helps you get information and get involved. The " I Want to" tool makes it easier for residents to find out how to get a pothole fixed or get information on volunteering in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is comprised of public and private agencies, faith-based organizations, families, elected officials, businesses and community advocates. Their main purpose is to assess community needs, identify priorities, target resources and oversee service delivery on initiatives that require collaboration between two or more child-, youth- and family-serving entities.
Community Partnerships coordinates the County's efforts to monitor, evaluate and improve its services to the County population with limited English proficiency (LEP). Montgomery County has a policy that requires agencies serving the multi-lingual population to make reasonable efforts to provide language-appropriate services in some of the most used languages in this County, i.e. those spoken by more than 5 percent of the County population. The purpose of the LEP policy is to remove barriers to providing quality services to our residents who are increasingly diverse linguistically and culturally.
There is a variety of resources in the County to help agencies be more language friendly to its diverse population. These include the Language Line with real-time interpretation services provided by contractors, a free Language Bank made of volunteer interpreters for County agencies or registered nonprofits, and a roster of close to 600 county employees who are certified to provide language assistance.
Additionally, Montgomery County Public Libraries provide many English as a Second Language resources. Find materials in a variety of languages, as well as books and tapes to help you learn English.
The Community Use of Public Facilities provides opportunities for places to hold your next event. For more than three decades, the Interagency Coordinating Board for Community Use of Public Facilities (ICB) has helped to make public facilities accessible and affordable year round for community activities. Before and after school and throughout the weekends, these activities continue in public schools, libraries, regional service centers and other county facilities. Private and public organizations, businesses, and individuals are all welcome to use these facilities for their meetings and activities (but no private celebrations, please).
Nonprofit Montgomery! seeks to build the collective strength, visibility and influence of the nonprofit sector in Montgomery County in order to create and just and caring community. Our goal is to build a vibrant social network of nonprofits that enables individual nonprofits and nonprofit leaders to view themselves as part of a larger community that is tackling issues that affect us all.
Beyond Charity, Recognizing Return on Investment: How the Nonprofit Community Impacts Greater Washington reveals some of the many ways in which nonprofits raise the quality of life for all of us in Greater Washington, and are the lifelines to our most vulnerable neighbors. Return on investment is about more than dollars and cents. When local nonprofits collaborate with government, business and concerned citizens in pursuit of a common goal-- a stronger Washington-area community -- everyone profits.
A directory of the County's faith organizations, is now available through the Montgomery County Planning Department website. The site also includes information on demographics and a discussion of their experiences with the County's planning and development processes. Click here to view the directory and survey now.
Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among persons of diverse faiths and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice in metropolitan Washington.
Grant opportunities are available through the Governor's Grant Office. The office helps community organization to identify federal, state, and private grant opportunities. The office also provides grant-writer training and technical assistance.