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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2010.
Health & Human Services
Two grants for continued support of the Traveler's Aid Voucher Program at the Samaritan Center. The purpose of the program is to assist homeless persons who want to move out of Baltimore City to reunite with family, find employment, and/or access treatment for substance abuse, and who are in need of vouchers for bus travel to a new location. Persons using the program must have a contact in the destination city willing to assume responsibility for finding accommodations.
Food Research & Action Center
For continued support of Maryland Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger advocacy program for low-income residents of Baltimore City to access federally funded nutrition programs, including food stamps and the WIC program (Women, Infants, and Children). Focus is on expanding the free classroom breakfast program, advocating for improved administrative and legislative policies to eliminate access barriers, and working to assure Maryland's participation in the newly approved federal after-school meal program, as well as the weekend and holiday supper program for children and adults.
Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association, Inc.
Toward support of after-school and summer tennis programs serving the Greater Homewood Tennis Aces, Park Heights Tennis Aces, and Frankford Tennis Aces. More than 400 at-risk Baltimore City youth ages six to 16 participate and receive tennis instruction, support for study habits, and healthy meals.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
To provide security deposits for 200 families participating in the Special Mobility Housing Choice Voucher Program. Tenants are given Housing Choice vouchers to move into private rental housing in nonimpacted areas outside Baltimore City. This program offers interested tenants the opportunity to move into areas offering safety and security, better schools, and improved health outcomes.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
To develop and disseminate a briefing paper on the economic, health, and safety effects of an alcohol tax increase in Maryland. The paper will include analyses of the impact of an increase in Maryland's alcohol taxes on worker productivity, job creation and loss, and the likelihood of crossing state borders to purchase alcohol.
Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.
Toward support of an initiative to increase health-care coverage among uninsured and disadvantaged populations in Maryland. The objectives are to expand health-care coverage by ensuring that the State of Maryland creates a comprehensive plan to implement federal health-care reform, propose solutions to address local overage and funding gaps, educate Marylanders about new coverage opportunities, and advocate for an increase of the alcohol tax.
Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center
Toward costs of providing supportive resources to current and former foster youth. The center provides information, training, service linkages, counseling, GED preparation, and job-training programs for youth transitioning to independent living.
Mission Possible Ministries, Inc.
For the purchase and installation of a fire alarm and sprinkler system for three houses providing shelter to 27 homeless men in West Baltimore. Mission Possible offers clean, safe furnished rooms, along with two meals a day and assistance in finding employment and permanent housing within an 18-month period.
NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.
Toward peer education and support programs for up to 48 mentally ill Baltimore City homeless persons. The programs include peer-to-peer education that teaches participants how to manage their illness and access needed services, and workshops for staff to help them interact with mentally ill clients.
Parks & People Foundation
For continued support of the Hooked on Sports program serving more than 1,000 Baltimore City public school students in grades four to 12. The participants, while being exposed to the basic fundamentals of playing organized sports and the value of team work and fair play, are required to maintain a "C" average and 95 percent school attendance.
Project HEALTH Baltimore
Seed funding for the implementation of a Family Help Desk program at the University of Maryland Medical Center to serve at-risk mothers with newborns. The Family Help Desk is manned by trained student volunteers. After conducting an extensive needs assessment, the volunteer then works with the patient to identify and secure required resources, provide information, determine eligibility criteria and connect with resources, and assist in completing applications for resources. Student volunteers experience the health-care system as well as gain understanding of the link between health and poverty.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc.
For general operating support of the food pantry and the energy assistance program. The center, open Monday through Thursday, provides food, toiletries, and infant products, as well as financial assistance to prevent utility terminations and evictions, and to purchase prescription medications.
The Franciscan Center
Two grants for continued support of the Emergency Services and Energy Assistance Programs. The center offers relief services that include utility assistance, eviction prevention grants, prescription and dental co-pays, transportation bus tokens, identification documents, referrals to job-training programs, and enrollment in entitlement programs.
The League for People with Disabilities, Inc.
Toward renovation costs of a therapeutic swimming pool. The pool's controlled temperature is expected to increase mobility and range of motion for League clients with disabilities, as well as neighbors in surrounding communities.
The Northeast Youth Association, Inc.
Two grants for support of operating costs and travel for the Northeast Football League, serving at-risk youth, ages five to 15, to participate in the national Pop Warner football championship.
The Shepherd's Clinic
For continued support toward operating costs of a clinic providing primary and specialty health care services for approximately 2,000 uninsured persons in Baltimore City.
1000 Friends of Maryland
Two-year funding in support of land use and transportation policy reform at the state and local levels, and an initiative to "Keep Farmers Farming." A public agenda will be created by 1000 Friends to encourage the redevelopment of existing communities; advocate for the preservation of the state's remaining open spaces, and agriculture and forest lands; and develop Smart Growth transit and transportation plans.
Baltimore City Department of Planning
Toward staffing costs of a Food Policy Coordinator to implement recommendations of the 2009 Baltimore City Food Policy Task Force. The coordinator will focus on expanding urban agriculture, community-supported agriculture shares of local farm produce, and community gardens; launching street vending with refrigerated trucks to reach isolated areas ("food deserts"); expanding links with local farmers and institutions; and providing input in rezoning to allow agricultural uses.
Baltimore City Department of Planning
For support of radio advertising designed to reach Baltimore City's low-income residents in the 2010 Census count. Efforts are intended to improve the rate of mail-in returns, ensure the accuracy of Baltimore's population count, and maximize the city's eligibility for federal formula grant dollars and elected representation.
Baltimore Development Corporationﾠ
For continuing support of administrative expenses in support of Maglev-Maryland, a program to develop a magnetic levitation high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington. When fully operational, the train would reduce travel time between the two cities to less than 20 minutes.
Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation, Inc.ﾠ
Toward a study to address solutions to the problem of the negative financial impact of properties owned by nongovernmental nonprofit organizations exempt from Baltimore City property taxes. The study will analyze best practices in other cities and offer recommendations for improving tax fairness and increasing revenues.
Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper
For support of an aeration system pilot study as part of an effort to protect and restore the water quality of the Baltimore harbor. The study will report on the effectiveness of the use of aeration in reducing and eliminating dead zones within the Inner Harbor, as well as recommend the size and scope of aeration systems necessary to make a difference in oxygenation levels within the Chesapeake Bay and address problems of water quality and habitat protection in the Bay.
Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative
For continued support of the Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation Services initiative designed to increase the capacity of community development organizations in targeted neighborhoods. Support includes pre- and post-purchase counseling and legal assistance.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporationﾠ
For continued support of the Home Maintenance Program designed to enable elderly, low-income homeowners in Southeast Baltimore to remain in their homes. The program serves more than 350 homeowners in need of minor maintenance repairs such as checking and cleaning gutters, moving air conditioning units, changing ceiling light fixtures, and testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI)
For continued support of neighborhood revitalization through pre- and post-purchase homeownership counseling. The objectives of the program are to increase the number of pre-purchase housing counseling clients who are seen in both individual and group counseling sessions; to expand BENI's financial education program by tracking and supporting clients into early homeownership; to protect homeownership rates and track homeownership values; and to conduct marketing efforts that encourage greater homeownership investment in Northeast Baltimore.
Civic Works ﾠ
For continued support of Project Lightbulb, an energy-conservation pilot project for residents of the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello and Belair-Edison neighborhoods. The program offers free home energy education and energy-saving assistance to low-income households. Trained AmeriCorps members implement practical strategies to combat rising energy costs, including: hot water heater and water pipe insulation; light bulb replacement with compact fluorescent bulbs; installation of carbon monoxide detectors; low-flow showerheads and faucets; and the setting of appropriate thermostat temperatures.
Community Law Center, Inc.
For support of a program designed to provide legal remedy for Baltimore neighborhoods suffering from property neglect. In collaboration with the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Community Law Center will research, prepare, and file a lawsuit to force a specific real estate investor to bring his vacant properties in the neighborhood up to code and, as part of remedial action, transfer properties to responsible owners. The intent is to create a legal process for preventing property neglect and improve the quality of life in the affected neighborhoods.
Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
To hire a project coordinator for support of the Senior Home Repair and Modification Program in Northwest Baltimore. The program is designed to respond to the changing lifestyle needs of low-income senior and disabled homeowners by providing them with access to affordable home repair and modification services. These efforts are expected to improve the quality of life for the seniors and the disabled in their own homes and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
For continued general support of a partnership of banks, foundations, government agencies, and community organizations committed to strengthening 15 underserved neighborhoods targeted for revitalization. Healthy Neighborhoods, in turn, provides grants to neighborhoods for marketing, community organizing, and projects designed to preserve and improve real estate values. It offers below market rate loans for home improvements and homeownership counseling, technical and architectural services, and construction management.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
Capital funding toward the renovation of Northeast Market to allow for the sale of locally grown, organic foods. The purpose of the renovation is to update the facade and improve the appearance of the stalls, and to provide a venue for expanded and more diverse food options for local residents, Johns Hopkins employees, and visitors.
Homes for America
Two-year funding toward the salary of a full-time Resident Services Case Manager, to provide support for expansion of the Broadway Replacement Homes Program. The case manager will help families address the problems of how to obtain entitled benefits, access training and employment opportunities, receive assistance with financial management, and get help with connecting to resources that will not only help them remain in their homes but will also keep their children in school.
Maryland PIRG Foundation
Toward continued support of the Smart Energy Solutions Program, a statewide campaign to promote energy policies focused on energy efficiency and conservation. Maryland Public Interest Group will provide research and analysis on the implementation of new utility energy-efficiency programs, and seek to measure the effectiveness of the programs in meeting state goals for reduction of energy use. The campaign will send the message that it is state policy to provide funding for energy policies and programs aimed at lowering residential energy costs, providing relief to the lowest income customers, creating jobs, and reducing the negative public health impacts of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions from energy generation and distribution.
Mi Casa, Inc.
Toward start-up costs and the first phase of the Johnston Square Homeownership Project. Initiated by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, the project focuses on renovating vacant houses, and increasing homeownership and employment for local contractors and residents.
Moveable Feast, Inc.
Toward the purchase and installation of a back-up generator, additional shelving systems, and security cameras to enhance the facility's state-of-the-art kitchen. Movable Feast provides nutritionally appropriate meals, groceries, and counseling to homebound persons living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. The kitchen also serves as a setting for job training in the culinary skills for the unemployed and underemployed.
National Wildlife Federation
Toward support of a feasibility study of offshore wind farms within Maryland. The purpose of the research is to assess economic benefits of offshore wind energy for the launch of a large-scale grassroots outreach effort.
Office of the Mayor
Toward consulting fees to assist in implementing a leadership agenda by developing a vision for the Mayor's priorities and providing training for the Mayor's staff. The consultant will help to determine effective ways to set priorities, clarify roles, and redefine job descriptions.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
Toward staffing costs for the expanded Foreclosure Prevention Program. In response to the recent high rate of foreclosures, with additional funding, St. Ambrose will be able to provide increased default and reverse-mortgage counseling services, in person, by phone, and electronically.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
Additional funding for capital renovations and expansion of the Beans & Bread Outreach Center, which serves more than 2,300 homeless and economically vulnerable individuals daily through its hot-meal program. By expanding the programming space and waiting area, Beans & Bread will be able to deliver a wider range of basic services to many more clients.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
For the creation of a "State of the Harbor" report card to set a baseline for measuring water quality and health of the Baltimore harbor, and to enable future comparisons to document progress toward making the harbor safe for swimming and fishing. An action plan with steps to address pollution and deteriorating condition of the water will accompany the report.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, Inc.
Toward support of the Juvenile Intervention and Family Independence Project in Baltimore City. Working with youth who are at-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, the center provides ongoing case management to include individual and family counseling, substance abuse treatment, monitoring, and mental health services for up to a year or more. In addition, the center will arrange transportation to court, school meetings, and appointments.
Deborah's Place, Inc.
Two grants for repairs and furnishings of a property in the Park Heights community for a transitional housing facility serving up to eight women recovering from substance abuse. The women are encouraged to go back to school, find jobs, or participate in job-training programs such as STRIVE. They are required to attend NA/AA meetings and pay $325 a month for rent.
Druid Heights Community Development Corporation
Two grants toward the purchase of a six-unit apartment building to provide housing to clients in the Maryland Reentry Program. This program will serve clients who have graduated from a transitional housing setting, but are stabilized and employed, and are moving toward independent living.
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
Toward continued support for 50 ex-offenders enrolled in the eight-week Jericho Reentry Program. By providing stable housing for up to one year, clients benefit from case management, job training, life-skills training, and job placement. Typically, clients are in need of addiction treatment, mental health services, housing, furthering education, and positive role models.
Marian House, Inc.
Toward renovation costs for the expansion of five additional units of the Marian House Transitional Program, and toward support of the accompanying transitional housing and supportive services program for homeless women and children. The opportunity to stay up to 24 months affords clients weekly individual and group counseling, daily living skills training, planning for education and job training, and placement services.
The Baltimore Station
Toward the renovation of several properties in the Sandtown-Winchester area in West Baltimore to create the Baker Street Station, a long-term residential facility for homeless men, primarily veterans, with addictions. Once the renovation is completed, the facility will house 40 individuals and provide recovery services for up to 24 months.
Tuerk House, Inc.
Toward the renovation of the Weisman-Kaplan House at 2525 Maryland Avenue, in support of its program to expand a long-term residential substance abuse treatment facility for Baltimore City males. The expansion will provide access for nine additional men to participate in the halfway house program and additional space for meetings and administrative offices.
American Farmland Trust
Toward support of Clean Water for the Chesapeake Bay, a project designed to reduce nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay and to improve its water quality. The focus of the three-year campaign is to engage local farmers in adopting best practices, and developing and supporting policies to increase agricultural-inclusive actions. With participation of seven local farmers in Maryland, a demonstration project using Best Management Practices Challenge Tools, American Farmland Trust will introduce the computerized systems to determine how to calculate more exact amounts of fertilizer needed. This measured approach is expected to reduce the amount of nitrogen spread on the fields, thus lowering nutrient runoff.
Blue Water Baltimore (formerly Baltimore Water Alliance)
For a challenge grant to launch an inaugural membership campaign for Blue Water Baltimore, a merger of five Baltimore watershed associations. By creating a consolidated organization with a common mission, the newly formed organization will be able to increase its capacity, be cost efficient, reduce duplication, attract and retain specialized staff, expand volunteer opportunities, undertake more effective fundraising, and work toward creating a stronger and more united voice for local watersheds.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
Additional funding for staffing support of the Maryland Open Government Campaign, the goal of which is to make existing environmental laws more effective, encouraging Maryland leaders to enact changes in the state's enforcement program, and to build a network of informed Maryland citizens working toward internal institutional reforms. By acting as a "watch-dog" group, CCAN will use grassroots mobilization to organize public comments and testimonies at permit hearings. It will also identify and recruit well-informed experts in public health, biological sciences, and climate issues to represent citizens in affected communities, and to voice their concerns about noncompliance among known polluters and lack of enforcement.
Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center, Inc.
Toward support of the Restore the Chesapeake Bay campaign. Environment Maryland, in response to the Restoration Executive Order to restore the Chesapeake Bay, is undertaking research to inform decision-makers about pollution issues, holding press conferences and arranging for media coverage—all toward educating the community about the need for upgrades of sewage treatment plans, and for reduction of nutrients and fertilizers on farms and lawns that leach into the bay waters.