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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2010.

Education

ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project, designed to ensure that schools serving disadvantaged students receive equal funding and resources. This strategy includes education, community organizing, advocacy efforts, and lawsuits.

Baltimore City Public Schools - National Academic League (NAL)

$167,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the 2009-2010 National Academic League (NAL) in 26 Baltimore City public middle grades schools. The NAL games are designed to function as an athletic event, with team practices after school two to three times a week under the guidance of teacher mentors (coaches). Interscholastic competitions are held every two weeks. Teams that place first and second go on to compete in the national tournament through video conferencing. The goal is to strengthen student knowledge in all disciplines, particularly mathematics.

Baltimore City Public Schools - Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For the purchase of computers and equipment to update a computer lab. The lab will provide access to information technology and the resources designed to enhance academic achievement in math and reading skills. Access to digital, still and video camera, audio recording, video editing, and graphic and photo manipulation will allow the school to provide an environment where students can explore state-of-the-art technology.

Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.

$63,670
Baltimore, MD

For support and expansion of the 2010-2011 BCPS Chess Education Project, an after-school program operating in 60 Baltimore City elementary, middle, and high schools. The long-term goal is to increase the number of after-school chess clubs by serving as a resource for chess education, teacher training, and activities to bring together students and community advisors, and encourage participation in regional competitions.

Baltimore Reads, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward operating costs of Baltimore Reads, in support of a self-sustaining Book Bank Book Exchange. By expanding the sale of used books online, Baltimore Reads expects higher revenues that, in turn, are expected to help cover operating costs and provide wider distribution of more than 100,000 books to Baltimore school children.

Baltimore Talent Education Center

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Funding to expand a string music program for Baltimore City pre-K to high school students in five locations. These programs serve as feeders to the TWIGS program at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Tuned-In Program at the Peabody Institute, and Sinfonia and Sinfonietta at the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra.

CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.

$105,000
Baltimore, MD

For fifth-year support of the College Retention Project for 300 Last Dollar Grant recipients at participating colleges. The goal of the project is to increase college graduation rates among low-income and first-generation college students from Baltimore City public schools. The program includes one-on-one and group on-campus counseling sessions; parent/student seasonal workshops; emergency hot lines; and identification of learning assistance centers, labs, tutorials, and remedial services.

Fund for Educational Excellence

$261,420
Baltimore, MD

Two-year funding for support of School Everyday!, an initiative to address chronic absenteeism in Baltimore City public schools. This program builds partnerships with community groups and churches, and identifies students and families most in need of attendance support.

Fund for Educational Excellence

$42,500
Baltimore, MD

For general operating support and to implement a strategic mission designed to respond to particular needs of the school system: district fundraising, research, design development, implementation plans; project management for selected innovation; and exploration of policies and best practices.

Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Inc.

$95,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Experience Corps Upper Grades Pilot Project, designed to serve fourth- and fifth-grade students in high-needs Baltimore City public schools. The project awards grants to five schools in support of strategies designed to increase academic achievement.

Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the L@TCH technology program in five Baltimore City public schools: Coppin Academy, Rosemont Elementary, Collington Elementary, Southwest Baltimore Charter, and Reach Academy. The two-year expansion of the pilot project provides home computers, printers, Internet connection, training, and support for 1,000 additional families. The goal of the project is to increase student attendance and academic progress through increased parental involvement.

Incentive Mentoring Program (IMP)

$90,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the IMP mentoring program for students at Dunbar High School and for the expansion of the program to the Academy for College and Career Exploration. Over the course of the seven-year mentoring program (from the end of freshman year in high school through graduation from college), this family-style mentoring approach provides services year-round to 30 students identified as failing to meet minimum requirements. With teams of volunteers from Johns Hopkins University and Medical School graduate programs, the program addresses academic basic human needs: transportation, day care, job-placement referrals, drug treatment, college application, and tutoring services. Mentors meet with students as needed, three to seven times a week.

Institute of Notre Dame (IND)

$23,870
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the implementation of Project Lead the Way, a national curriculum that introduces 18 to 20 students a year to biomedical sciences. IND provides internships with two local hospitals.

Johns Hopkins University/Center for Social Organization of Schools

$66,000
Baltimore, MD

For first-year support of a Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) research study on the record of Baltimore City public school students' rate of graduation from high school and college. The College On Track report will use data from the classes of 2003-2004 to analyze factors predictive of students' applying, enrolling, and remaining in college.

KIPP Baltimore, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward operating support of the KIPP Harmony Academy, an elementary school enrolling 250 kindergarten and first-grade students. KIPP programming calls for high standards of academic achievement and conduct, along with a commitment to a longer school day, including Saturdays and summer school sessions.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

$19,210
Baltimore, MD

"Last Dollar" support toward tuition and related fees in support of a Baltimore City public school graduate enrolled in MICA's 2010-2011 school year.

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

$38,000
Baltimore, MD

For membership to the National Student Clearinghouse. The objective of the clearinghouse is to procure student data and create a longitudinal data system on college enrollment, performance, retention, and graduation rates for every Maryland high school graduate. The data will be made available to all school systems in Maryland, and the current status of college enrollment and outcomes will be posted on MSDE's website.

New Leaders for New Schoolsᅠ

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the New Leaders-Baltimore program designed to recruit and develop outstanding school principals for Baltimore City public schools. After five weeks of coursework at the Summer Foundations Institute, and a one-year full-time residency working as an assistant principal alongside a mentoring principal, the New Leader is placed as a principal in a Baltimore City public school. Throughout the first year, the New Leader receives professional development, coaching, and support. Each New Leader is expected to make a six-year contractual commitment to serve in Baltimore City public schools.

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for continued support of the Music Teacher Mentoring Program for Baltimore City first- and second-year public elementary and middle school music teachers. Two Peabody Institute mentors work with individual teachers, as needed, to ensure that new teachers are provided with the long-term teaching skills not available through the limited professional development opportunities within the school system. Special attention is given to lesson planning; delivery of lessons; teaching of rhythm, tone, and instrument care; and strategies of classroom management. The program also provides a forum for music teachers to share ideas.

Public Justice Center, Inc.

$124,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the second phase of the School Continuity Project to increase educational outcomes for homeless Baltimore City public school students and for those awaiting foster-care placement. The goal is to collaborate with City Schools and create a plan for compliance to improve the educational outcomes of homeless and foster-care children. The center assists with planning, training school personnel, and monitoring the effectiveness of new school system practices for homeless children.

South Baltimore Learning Center

$34,500
Baltimore, MD

For capital improvements to expand the center to accommodate the External Diploma Program, an adult literacy program that awards a high school diploma.

Teach For America Baltimore

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Ongoing support for expenses related to the cost of recruiting, selecting, and training of 160 additional Teach For America (TFA) corps members, as well as developing TFA alumni for leadership positions in Baltimore City public schools for the 2010-2011 school year. TFA will continue to provide ongoing support to the 160 corps members entering their second year of teaching.

The Community School, Inc.

$10,670
Baltimore, MD

For support of the College Support and Dual Enrollment Initiative serving students and graduates of The Community School. The program provides ongoing support for students to graduate from high school or pass their GEDs, and enter and remain in college.

The Ingenuity Project

$430,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the 2010-2011 Ingenuity Project, an advanced math, science, and research curriculum for 510 Baltimore City public middle and high school students. The program provides opportunity for participants in national competition.

The Piney Woods Schoolᅠ

$88,670
Piney Woods, MS

To provide scholarships for students from Baltimore City public schools to attend a college-preparatory boarding school for the 2010-2011 school year, and to fund the salary of a Retention Counselor. The counselor provides a range of services, including monitoring class attendance and participation, overseeing study hall and dormitory behavior, and acting as a liaison and advocate for students and their families.

The Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.

$120,000
Washington, DC

Two-year funding to launch a Career Counseling program by the Urban Alliance Baltimore Program for noncollege-bound students at Northwestern High School for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. The High School Internship Program provides paid internships, individual job-placement assistance, financial aid, alternative education programs, proprietary school and apprenticeships, practice interviews, and resume review. A year-long job-readiness and life-skills curriculum is offered to high school juniors and seniors.

Urban Teacher Center, Inc. (UTC)

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Two-year funding for support of the Urban Teacher Center, committed to preparing teachers for Baltimore City's neediest public schools. The UTC recruits outstanding candidates, equips them with state-of-the-art training, and links their certification to the performance of students. The program serves as a model for teacher preparation and state licensure linked to performance. All UTC fellows make a four-year commitment that includes a one-year residency of coursework combined with a teaching assignment to a group of six to eight students under a supervising teacher, followed by a three-year placement as a full-time teacher in a high-needs urban school. UTC fellows complete their Master's of Education degrees within the second year and receive a full state dual certificate in elementary and special education based on their students' performances.

Workforce Development

A New Faith Community

$8,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward renovation costs for expansion of the Clay Pots Tutoring Center, an adult literacy and GED program for residents of West Baltimore. The community wellness center/coffee house serves as a safe, inviting center for continuing education classes preparing candidates for GEDs and English as a Second Language, as well as for employment in visual arts and music.

Alternative Directions, Inc.

$44,280
Baltimore, MD

Toward funding of child-support modification workshops in Maryland Correctional Institutions. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of child-support modifications filed by the incarcerated in an effort to reduce the amount of arrearages to which persons are entitled under Maryland law. The staff continues to work with the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration and courts to simplify the support medication forms, develop new outreach materials and methods, and ensure that motions filed are effective at bringing about payment modifications.

Art with a Heart

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

For support and expansion of the 2010 Summer Job Program, a visual arts program for 30 at-risk youth in the Rose Street community. As part of the six-week summer work experience, students will create 60 marketable art pieces, including decoupage furniture and mosaics for sale at Artscape.

Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc. (BACH)

$90,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of pre-allied health bridge programming, which provides entry-level health-care workers with the requisite basic skills for post-secondary training; career coaching, which improves the job retention and advancement of frontline health-care workers; and the BACH Fellows program, which provides Baltimore City public school students with experience working in hospitals over the summer.

Baltimore Water Alliance

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the development and implementation of a green jobs work placement program in horticulture, landscaping, and urban agriculture. The program will target a team of three high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 24 from under-represented neighborhoods to be hired as AmeriCorps volunteers over a 10-month period. With the help of the team, the Alliance plans to plant more than 300 trees, remove three acres of invasive plants, disconnect 100 residential downspouts, install 50 rain barrels, and assist Real Foods Farm in growing winter vegetables and maintaining community gardens. On completion of the training period, AmeriCorps volunteers will transition to respective career paths.

BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.ᅠ

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the BioSTART and Laboratory Associates Programs. Each model involves 24 weeks of training and has been designed to enable high school graduates to pursue entry-level lab technician positions in bioscience.

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

$150,000
Hyattsville, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore Worker Employment Center for day laborers and low-income workers. The program provides employment placement services, financial literacy classes, free tax preparation, referrals to legal and social services, English as a Second Language classes, identification cards, and assistance with naturalization applications.

Center for Urban Families

$328,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job-training and placement service for men and women. The STRIVE model, an intensive three-week workshop, focuses on job readiness, job placement, post-placement support, one-on-one and group counseling, parenting skills, and case management.

Civic Works

$83,473
Baltimore, MD

Toward the creation of the Energy Retrofit Contractor Development pilot project. The project will identify and select a contractor from the Westport community to provide six months of classroom and on-the-job training teaching installation, air sealing, and cool roofing as steps to establish an energy-efficiency retrofit business.

GROUP Ministries, Inc.

$105,370
Baltimore, MD

For the purchase of one house in the Rosemont community, and to provide on-the-job training in home renovations for 10 ex-offenders. The men will be placed in a pre-apprenticeship program with outside contractors.

Harbor City Services, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward continued support of operating costs of a document management, moving/storage, and warehouse business, providing full-time and part-time employment to 30 Baltimore City residents with psychiatric disabilities. The business secures contracts with medical centers, financial and real estate firms, and law firms and social service programs, and is able to provide above minimum-wage jobs.

Job Opportunities Task Force

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an initiative designed to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Baltimore CASH plans to serve 10,000 tax filers by operating 15 to 17 free tax-preparation sites and training 200 volunteers. As the internal capacity of high-volume sites continues to grow, the quality of services and customer satisfaction will be monitored. Plans call for strengthening and expanding financial education/asset development activities for low-wage tax filers.

Learning Is For Tomorrow, Inc. (LIFT)

$22,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward general support, and for securing additional space for expansion of adult literacy and job-training programs for residents of Southeast Baltimore. LIFT specializes in providing educational services to adults with a variety of learning disabilities and then connects the literacy instruction to employment, and it helps students compose resumes, apply for jobs online, and improve interviewing skills. Moving into a larger space means more classrooms and computers, which will allow the facility to serve more students, many of whom are being referred to other low-literacy programs.

Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc.

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward renovation costs and the purchase of updated equipment and new furnishings for a facility in support of service to homeless veterans. The therapeutic residential setting offers shelter and an array of services to enable homeless veterans to rejoin their communities. Its employment program offers job development, placement, workshops, resume preparation, and training in interviewing skills.

Moveable Feast, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Culinary Arts and Life Skills Training Program for unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents. The program enrolls 32 students each year into a 12-week program, teaching the basics of commercial kitchen operations and menu planning. Graduates are placed in entry-level food service positions paying a living wage with benefits.

Rose Street Community Center

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of drug treatment and job-training programs. Rose Street serves more than 90 people a week, and provides transitional housing for an average of 45 to 50 men and women. The center offers mental health services, gang mediation, GED classes, tutoring, art classes, and shelter for homeless youth.

Seedco

$75,000
New York, NY

For expansion and continued support of EarnBenefits Baltimore, a technical-assistance initiative to help more than 3,000 low-wage workers access benefits and income supports. The Web-based screening tool helps individuals and families apply for 22 different federal, state, and city benefits. An effort is being made to identify a Baltimore-based intermediary to take on the day-to-day operations, and to develop a fiscal and management infrastructure to support a network oversight.

Vehicles for Change, Inc.

$73,500
Baltimore, MD

For continuation and expansion of an initiative to provide 35 donated, repaired, and state-inspected cars to low-income persons in Baltimore City. To be eligible to purchase a car, a potential owner must reside in Baltimore City, qualify as being low income, have a job or job offer, and need a car for employment purposes.

Women's Housing Coalition

$7,500
Baltimore, MD

For contractual services and related expenses to provide workforce development assistance to women in permanent supportive housing programs. The purpose of the initiative is to improve the employment outcomes of the residents by having a part-time job coach who identifies educational and training programs that best suit the residents' employment and career goals. This will provide all residents the opportunity to participate in better-matched programs that meet their needs.

Health & Human Services

Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc.

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the cost of a feasibility study for the implementation of the Regional Non-Profit Health Insurance Cooperative, designed to expand health-care coverage for the working poor and underserved residents of Maryland. The study will examine technical issues, product design and actuarial modeling, market research, business and financial operational models, and regulatory issues.

Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the volunteer-operated Baltimore Stars Basketball Program serving 120 inner-city boys, ages eight to 17. The program provides opportunities to compete in AAU state and national basketball tournaments, and in addition to teaching basketball skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship, the program provides educational support that includes mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation.

Baltimore Youth Lacrosse Foundation

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for the support of an expansion of the Baltimore Youth Lacrosse League, and to create a summer program for at-risk inner-city middle school boys.

Catholic Charities

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of eviction prevention and utility assistance programs administered by the Samaritan Center. The program provides direct financial assistance to approximately 100 low-income households at risk of eviction and/or facing loss of utility services.

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