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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2007.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
Prisoners Aid Association of Maryland, Inc.
Toward the acquisition and renovation of an additional facility of the Female Transitional Housing Program, serving women who are homeless and/or ex-offenders. The expansion to the new facility will provide housing and support services for up to 25 women per year.
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Toward support of an interim methadone maintenance study for clients participating in the Sinai Hospital Addictions Recovery Program. The study has been designed to evaluate both the efficacy and cost benefits of interim methadone treatment as compared with prompt entry into "comprehensive" treatment including counseling on enrollment, heroin use, cocaine use, HIV-risk behavior, and crime.
The Answer, Inc.
Three grants toward operating support and renovation costs of a faith-based residential substance abuse recovery program serving up to 44 clients in Baltimore City each year.
The Baltimore Station
Challenge grant for capital expansion and renovation of a residential substance abuse program serving homeless men in South Baltimore. The new 10,000-square-foot facility will include living space for an additional 41 men, which will increase Baltimore Station's shelter capacity to 91.
Transitioning Lives, Inc.
Two grants for a reserve operating fund in support of residential, outreach, and advocacy programs for ex-offenders. Transitioning Lives houses up to eight ex-offenders for a period of up to six months and offers a highly structured program of counseling, job-readiness training, and homemaking.
United Ministries, Inc.
For continued support of Earl's Place Transitional Housing Project, targeting recovering addicts who are homeless and often HIV-positive. The program provides interim housing for 17 homeless men, and requires a monthly fee of 30 percent of the participants' income, when they are holding down jobs and living in transitional housing.
Women's Housing Coalition
Capital funding toward the acquisition and renovation of Jenkins House, a 22-unit residential mid-rise apartment building housing homeless women and their children, most of whom are referred from emergency shelters. Emphasis is placed on educational support services for children to ensure that all will be performing at or above grade level within one year of entry into the program.
Women's Housing Coalition
Two-year funding to continue support of services to homeless women with mental illness and drug addiction. By sustaining a contractual counselor and psychiatrist, the Coalition expects to reduce the rate of program incompletion by 50 percent and to increase the medication compliance rate among participants.
1000 Friends of Maryland
Challenge grant for continued support of staffing and expenses related to the Partners for Open Space campaign, to ensure full funding for Program Open Space. The campaign will also ensure that Program Open Space funds are spent strategically through the development of targeted and ranked priorities: 1) discussion of the transfer tax revenues for new programs, such as operating needs of state parks and forests; and 2) the need to engage in a public debate about the important role of open space and ongoing protection of the state's natural resources.
American Farmland Trust
For staffing costs and related expenses to facilitate the implementation of recommendations set out in Maryland's Statewide Plan for Agricultural Policy and Resource Management, and to build support for proposed reforms of the 2007 Farm Bill. The Trust will continue to provide community outreach and bridge farming communities with the environmental community, promote a more viable and sustaining agriculture economy in Maryland, help open greater access to fresh and locally grown food to local markets, and work toward tripling the protected acreage of productive farmland by 2022.
For continued support of educational services at the Audubon Center in Patterson Park. Joint programming with the Friends of Patterson Park is helping to change the perception of safety issues in the park and continuing to increase the overall visitation and use of the park. Working closely with neighboring schools, Audubon offers in-classroom curricula and integrates into the program Maryland Content Standards, field trips, and end-of-year service projects for elementary, middle, and high school students. After-school programming offers a 15-week series for third-grade through fifth-grade students to learn about bird biology.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Two grants in support of the 2007 and 2008 Environmental Legislative Summits.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Toward support of planned litigation activities in Maryland to ensure greater enforcement of existing laws and regulations critical to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. The foundation will focus on incidents of damage to the Bay, such as encroachment on wetlands, erosion, stormwater run-off caused by developments, lack of setbacks creating buffer zones, power plant toxic airborne emissions, and will monitor permits and zoning variances being recorded at local planning and zoning boards.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Toward a public education and outreach program addressing issues of global warming in Maryland. The network, in collaboration with Environment Maryland, will publish Blue Prints for Action reports for dissemination to legislators and media, and will train 300 volunteers for grassroots advocacy efforts working toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland by 20 percent by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050.
The Chesapeake Rivers Association
Two grants in support of the Severn Riverkeeper Program's efforts to protect, preserve, and restore the Severn River. Through daily shoreline and river monitoring, the Riverkeeper program protects vulnerable waterways by providing effective legal representation to stop inappropriate development and promotes enforcement by local and state authorities. By providing scientific evidence and effective legal representation to stop inappropriate shoreline development, the association was influential in the Maryland Critical Areas Commission decision to increase penalties for non-compliance and infractions from $500 to $10,000. Ongoing efforts are being made to install living shoreline in place of traditional riprap for erosion control.
Baltimore Opera Company
For the purchase and installation of equipment for Metropolitan Opera simulcasts in the Lyric Opera House. Once the equipment is installed, the Baltimore Opera will launch a series of eight Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera simulcasts promoting opera to an expanded audience. The company will explore alternative forms of operatic entertainment to generate additional revenue.
Museum of Ceramic Art
For support of the 2007-2008 in-school and after-school ceramic art programs in 37 Baltimore City public middle schools. Developed to be integrated with core subjects and aligned with the Maryland State Content Standards, the program reinforces students' reading, writing, and creative skills. The nine-month program provides each teacher with equipment, supplies, a stipend, coaching, professional training workshops, and monthly networking. Student works are exhibited in public venues, while arrangements are made for participating schools to create ceramic murals for permanent installations around Baltimore.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For 2007 membership dues.