Funded Projects

Fiddlers’ Green Farm — September 2021

Fiddlers’ Green Farm is the September 2021 grant recipient for Hey Westminster! Pictured here: Brynn Seaton and BenJamin Batten. Photo credit: Justin Willet.

Congratulations to Fiddlers’ Green Farm, the #HeyWestminster! grant recipient for September 2021.

Fiddlers’ Green is an organic certified, regenerative agriculture farm. According to managing partner Ben Batten, “regenerative agriculture is the idea of rebuilding soil health as you’re farming.” Under this model, “food grows nutritiously and abundantly,” adds product manager and director of formulation, Brynn Seaton.

From their farm, located near Taneytown, Maryland, Seaton and Batten grow hemp that is in turn used to create CBD products that are sold at local farmers’ markets and on their website.

September’s Hey Westminster! grant recipient, Fiddlers’ Green Farm. Video url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-v4tbgMoBY

Learn more about Fiddlers’ Green by visiting their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Congratulations to Fiddlers’ Green Farm. Thanks for making Westminster awesome!

Video by GLBAL Media.

Rudolph Girls Independent Bookstore — August 2021

Rudolph Girls Independent Bookstore is the August 2021 grant recipient for Hey Westminster! Pictured here: Alison King and Nikki Rhodes. Photo credit: Justin Willet.

Congratulations to Rudolph Girls Independent Bookstore, the #HeyWestminster! grant recipient for August 2021.

Carroll County book lovers have have much to celebrate as the Rudolph Girls Independent Bookstore is set to open Friday, August 13th.

In addition to being bibliophiles, Rudolph Girls founders, Alison King and Nikki Rhodes, are both educators who enjoy working with children. These twin passions have led King and Rhodes to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster to create a children’s book club. King explains that their $1,000 grant from Hey Westminster! will “allow us to provide…books to the kids at no cost to them.”

Join Rudolph Girls for their grand opening celebration this weekend. The bookstore opens Friday, August 13th at 10:00 AM, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 11:00 AM, and special events planned through Sunday, August 15th. Rudolph Girls Independent Bookstore is located in the Winchester Exchange on East Main Street in Westminster.

Learn more about Rudolph Girls by visiting their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Congratulations to Rudolph Girls Independent Bookstore. Thanks for making Westminster awesome!

Video by GLBAL Media.

Tryvent — Kahlert Foundation Grant Recipient

Tryvent has been named as our second Kahlert Foundation grant recipient for 2021. Pictured here: Tasha Cramer and Dot Fox. Photo credit: Justin Willet.

#HeyWestminster! is proud to share that Tryvent has been selected as our second Kahlert Foundation grant recipient for 2021.

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will host TryVent 2021 on Sunday, September 12th in Westminster City Park. A one-day celebration of wellness, Tryvent will bring together community health and fitness groups, including the Westminster Recreation & Parks Department, to provide opportunities to move and try various physical activities.

Through this Hey Westminster! grant, Tryvent will receive $5,000 to fund the event.

A highly-respected philanthropic organization with deep local roots, the Kahlert Foundation will award grants to nonprofit applicants selected by the Hey Westminster! trustees over the coming year.

For consideration for a future Hey Westminster!/Kahlert Foundation funding opportunity, applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and submit through heywestminster.com/apply. Projects should focus on doing new and exciting work in Westminster; education, healthcare, youth programs, veteran support, and human services are prioritized.

Video by GLBAL Media.

Downtown Farmers’ Market — July, ’21

#HeyWestminster is proud to award the Downtown Westminster Farmers Market a special Media Package for July, 2021! 

Founded in July 1994, the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market has become a staple in Carroll County during the spring, summer and fall. Featuring vendors from the county and surrounding areas, the Farmers’ Market provides the perfect opportunity to support local businesses.

You can visit the market every Saturday until November 20th between 8am-12noon at the Conway Lot on Railroad Ave. 

More information can be found at https://downtownwestminsterfarmersmarket.com/ and on Facebook

Westminster Pride Festival—June 2021

Congratulations to the Westminster Pride Festival, #HEYWESTMINSTER grant recipient for June 2021!

Jason Garber and the Westminster Pride Festival, the June 2021 Hey Westminster grant recipient. Photo credit: Justin Willet

The Westminster Pride Festival is, according to the organization’s mission statement, “a yearly festival that includes information, support, music, art, food and overall acceptance and solidarity within the LGBTQ+ community, their allies and the Carroll County community.”

The Westminster Pride Festival is scheduled for July 10th in downtown Westminster. While last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 will mark the third annual event for Westminster Pride.

Congratulations, Westminster Pride! Thank you for making Westminster awesome!

Expanding Boundaries International — Kahlert Foundation Grant Recipient

HW! and EIB TEAM UP TO ENCOURAGE NEW NONPROFIT WORK IN WESTMINSTER

Hey Westminster! is proud to announce a new $20,000 partnership with the Kahlert Foundation. A highly-respected philanthropic organization with deep local roots, the Kahlert Foundation will award grants to nonprofit applicants selected by the Hey Westminster! trustees over the coming year. 

The inaugural recipient of the partnership is Expanding Boundaries International, an educational nonprofit focused on connecting future leaders through technology and international education. Watch the video below to learn more about Expanding Boundaries and discover how they will use their $5,000 grant to link Carroll County students with opportunities around the world!

For consideration for a future Hey Westminster!/Kahlert Foundation funding opportunity, applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and submit through heywestminster.com/apply. Projects should focus on doing new and exciting work in Westminster; education, healthcare, youth programs, veteran support, and human services are prioritized.

Video by GLBAL Media.

Rhythmic Rehab—May 2021

Congratulations to Rhythmic Rehab, #HEYWESTMINSTER grant recipient for May 2021!

Brandon Falk and Rhythmic Rehab, the May 2021 Hey Westminster grant recipient. Photo credit: Justin Willet

#RhythmicRehab utilizes the many therapeutic benefits of boxing and drumming in order to help individuals struggling with movement disorders and other disabilities to improve control of their minds and bodies.

Due to the COVID pandemic, Rhythmic Rehab provided portable punching bag stations, gloves, and TheraBands to participants and moved classes online. Rhythmic Rehab’s founder, Brandon Falk, started providing services at a gym in The Arc where he now serves people living with various cognitive and physical barriers. Families and caregivers of many participants have reported improvements in movement, thinking, and mood.

Congratulations to Rhythmic Rehab. Thank you for making Westminster awesome!

5×7 Underground—April 2021

Congratulations to 5×7 Underground for being selected as the #HeyWestminster grant recipient for April 2021.

5×7 Underground, the April 2021 Hey Westminster! grant recipient. Photo credit: Jenna Shriver.

A community of local artists, 5×7 Underground meets regularly to talk about and produce art, with a common theme for each gathering.

5×7 Underground will use their $1,000 grant to fund their community art initiative, #DrawWestminster5x7, slated to begin in summer 2021. Each week, 5×7 Underground will provide a drawing prompt “to encourage the Westminster community to observe, draw, experience, and share” the things that make our our town “a great place to live, work, and play.”

During the 14-weeks of the initiative, from June 5th to September 4th, community members will be encouraged to post their drawings to social media using the hashtag #DrawWestminster5x7.

5×7 Underground will use funds from their Hey Westminster! grant to purchase and give away 100 sketchbooks during the 2021 Carroll County Arts Council Art in the Park on June 5th. Visit the 5×7 Underground website for more information on how to receive your sketchbook.

Congratulations to the 5×7 Underground, and thank you for helping to make Westminster Awesome!

The Gateway School—March 2021

The Gateway School has been selected as the #HeyWestminster grant recipient for March 2021.

An alternative education option for students, The Gateway School will use their $1,000 grant from Hey Westminster to fund a remembrance and meditation garden. The remembrance garden, says Gateway School teacher David Herman, is designed “to pay tribute to students that we’ve lost here at Gateway and to also give our counselors a great tool to work with our students on mental health.”

Beyond providing an education, The Gateway School also seeks to provide students in need with meals and clothing donations. 

Congratulations to The Gateway School. Thanks for helping to make Westminster awesome!

AYO Boutique–February, 2021

Please help us welcome AYO Boutique Westminster MD to the Downtown Westminster, Maryland community! They are February’s #HeyWestminster grant recipient, and some of our team recently got a sneak peak at their soft-opening.

Durell Paige is creating a space for custom clothing, skateboards, and unique items for creatives who don’t have a storefront to sell it in. AYO Boutique hopes to be an experience, not just a shopping location, by building an inventory of custom brands from all over the nation. Expanding from their first location in Baltimore, Durell hopes to bring the same community-based approach to this second location, right here in Westminster.


Their grand opening is on March 6th. Be sure to support this new #Blackownedbusiness right here in our neighborhood. Congrats AYO–we are cheering you on!