Community Use of Public Facilities Newsletter: April 12, 2018

Community Use of Public Facilities Newsletter: April 12, 2018

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Come on out and join us for some fun, interactive and educational times slated to take place at countywide facilities, and notably at the county’s premier facility for public and private events, the Silver Spring Civic Building. This facility vaunts a close-fitting line up of exciting events that will run from early May and knee-deep into the fall. And heading this exquisite line up are, the Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts show on May 6, the Mujer Expo (woman expo) on May 13, the Southern African Community fair on May 20, and on, and on, and on!

To stay ahead and abreast of MCPS buildings and the county’s facilities for community use updates, click on the links below for important information.

Summer Use of School Facilities

General reservation requests for use of school facilities during Summer 2018 will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017, via ActiveMONTGOMERY . As previously announced, community use will not be permitted at public school facilities on primary Election Day, June 26, 2018. The last day for general summer use of school buildings is August 10, 2018, to allow cleaning of school buildings. Please note some high school facilities may have to close much earlier for cleaning.

Large Events Planned for 2018-2019 School Year

Reservation requests for large events desiring to use public school facilities during the summer should be submitted via large events application form located at our Resource page between May 1 and May 15 each year in order to receive due priority and advanced placement where applicable. Requests of this nature may NOT be done via ActiveMONTGOMERY.


Survey: Safe and Secure School Facilities

The Interagency Coordinating Board for the Community Use of Public Facilities (ICB/CUPF) and Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) are partnering to promote safe use of school property and security of children participating in after-school and weekend activities. Our first objective is to assess what steps community groups are taking to protect their participants and others who may be in the building simultaneously and who may interact with one another. Please take a few minutes to share your organization’s efforts, to help us identify other ways to protect children and adults on school property. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Click here to participate in the survey.

New District 2 Police Station Community Room

The new District 2 Police Station, located at 4823 Rugby Avenue in Bethesda, has a meeting room available for community use, effective April 15, 2018. You may book this room via  ActiveMONTGOMERY.

Veterans Plaza 2018 Festival Guide

As noted earlier, there are many festivals scheduled at the Silver Spring Civic Building’s Veterans Plaza venue for 2018. We have highlighted a few of them—click here to view a short list!


Facility Fee Assistance Program

The Facility Fee Assistance program helps nonprofit organizations and informal not for profit community groups pay for the use of public schools, libraries or County office buildings. This assistance is only for programs providing a service that primarily benefits vulnerable youth or limited income individuals and families. Recent changes to the guidelines for this program have been expanded to include the use of gyms and auditoriums in the schools and will now cover some of the cost for weekend activities. The Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) administers the program and we encourage anyone that is currently using our facilities for a program they believe may be eligible to contact us. Also, contact us if you are interested in starting a new program that will primarily benefit vulnerable youth or limited income individuals and their families. Contact us at (240) 777-2718 and find more detailed information here.

Tell Us, We are all Ears!

Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to see any new topics added to this communication.

General Inquiries:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: 240-777-2725


After-Hours Problem Line:

If before or during your permitted event you experience any of the following: a lockout, HVAC issue, security concern, equipment failure, availability of venues or rooms, you must call 240-490-CUPF (2873) and an agent from our office will jump on it immediately to assist you in solving the problem.

Thank you for using Montgomery County’s public facilities for your community events and activities, and see you soon!