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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2018.

Community Development

Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc.

$37,500
Baltimore, MD

In support of consultant costs to implement Midway Revival, an effort to increase household stability for existing residents, attract new residents and businesses, and build the market and economic strength of the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood.

Civic Works, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In operation since 2009, Civic Works’ Real Food Farm is the largest farm in Baltimore City, demonstrating that an organic urban farm can produce tens of tons of food nearly year-round and increase household food security by addressing lack of access to healthy produce through two mobile markets operating in East and West Baltimore. At Real Food Farm and through the Baltimore Orchard Project, Civic Works offers unique training and service learning opportunities for AmeriCorps members, young adults, and Baltimore City schoolchildren in keeping with Civic Works’ mission to provide skills development and community service. This grant supports the salaries of key staff, as well as mobile market expenses.

Civic Works, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of efforts to strengthen the financial resilience of low-income Baltimore households through critical energy efficiency improvements, water pipe repairs, health and safety services, and access to benefits.

Community Law Center, Inc.

$92,000
Baltimore, MD

The Community Law Center (CLC) provides legal services to community and nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland to promote stronger nonprofits and more vibrant neighborhoods. This grant provided support for CLC's efforts to encourage the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners to use its regulatory powers to better address public health issues, particularly violent crime.  

Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of providing parent leadership and capacity development in Baltimore City Public Schools.

Emerging Technology Centers, Inc.

$275,000
Baltimore, MD

In 2019, Emerging Technology Centers will competitively select up to six companies to participate in the eighth cohort of Accelerate Baltimore. The accelerated technology and innovation incubation program includes 13-weeks of hands-on instruction and workshops, access to mentors, connections to potential partners and investors, and free office space at the ETC in East Baltimore to help entrepreneurs overcome technical issues, navigate changing markets and address financial challenges to boost commercialization of new products and services. The grant supports administrative costs and initial seed funding of $25,000 to each participant, and $100,000 in a follow-on funding award to the team judged to have the greatest potential for growth.

Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

The Farm Alliance is a network of 16 urban farms working collectively to improve the viability of urban farming, repurpose vacant land into productive use, and increase food access to all residents through a cooperative farmers market stand, collective branding and marketing, shared tools, and training. Food is a determinant of health and recent studies indicate a strong correlation between healthy food access, life expectancy and premature death due to cardiovascular disease. This grant enables SNAP (food stamp) recipients to match fruit and vegetable purchases from the farms through the Double Dollars program, and pays for cooking demonstrations and nutrition education by a wellness business owned by women of color.

Fuel Fund of Maryland

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides financial and educational resources to vulnerable Maryland families for heat and home utility needs. Through collaborative funding and services, Fuel Fund ensures affordable energy to families that must overcome hardship caused by poverty and assists these families to meet their basic human needs. This grant provided support for the Affordability Solutions programs, which include bill assistance, Watt Watchers, and Energy Coaching.

Greater Baltimore Urban League

$100,000
Baltimore, MD
In support of the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the purchase of trucks, tools and equipment for affordable housing rehabilitation and construction in Baltimore City.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. (HNI) is a citywide initiative that promotes investment in “middle Neighborhoods” through resident engagement, a focus on promoting neighborhood assets, and investment in housing stock.  HNI serves 41 neighborhoods across the City. This grant provided support for core program activities and expansion to other neighborhoods.

Jews United for Justice

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

JUFJ will continue to work with the Public Justice Center to monitor the new licensing and inspection requirements for all rental units in Baltimore City to ensure effective implementation, pursue changes to Rent Court processes that provide greater tenant defenses, and advocate for legislative changes to better protect tenants.

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of increasing capacity for the Social Innovation Lab, including an “Impact Bootcamp” to encourage stronger proposals from underrepresented groups, award of an annual $25,000 peer-review prize; and alumni programming with an annual $15,000 alumni prize.

Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Baltimore Healthcare Innovator Retention Program’s fellowship stipends for five Johns Hopkins University (JHU) biomedical engineering student graduates.

KaBOOM!

$20,000
Washington, DC

In support of community playground builds in collaboration with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

Latino Economic Development Center

$40,000
Washington, DC

In support of the Baltimore Small Business Services program.

Le Mondo

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Le Mondo is an artist-owned-and-driven project positioning Baltimore as a center for theatre and the live arts, nationally and internationally. Comprised of three buildings on Baltimore's historic Howard Street corridor, the project will champion a diverse community of arts and community organizations, individual artists, curators, and arts-lovers in the city. This grant provided building stabilization support for Phase Two of the mixed-used redevelopment project on the 400 block of North Howard Street in the Bromo Arts District.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.

$63,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of a ballot initiative to create a statutory office of the Inspector General in Baltimore City.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition provides research on economic rights and consumer protection issues; educates policymakers and the public about economic rights issues, and provides consumer awareness and education campaigns to individuals and organizations. MCRC serves low-income homeowners and renters through the Low Income Forgotten Tax (LIFT) program that helps them access the Homeowners and Renters Tax Credit programs and public benefits. This grant provided support staff and outreach expenses for the LIFT program.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Baltimore Homeowners’ and Renters’ Tax Credit Campaign. 

Maryland/Israel Development Center

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of creating the Maryland/Israel Binational Accelerator to bring Israeli life science companies to the Baltimore area.

Mid-Atlantic Region MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center - Baltimore

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

The Mid-Atlantic Region MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center – Baltimore is an entrepreneurially focused organization committed to wealth creation in the minority business community. Its goal is to assist its clients as they secure financial capital; identify contracting opportunities; provide strategic advice and counsel to address immediate and long-term business needs; provide group and one-on-one training and education, and create and retain jobs. This grant provided support to a local small business which will increase production efficiencies and expand its access to market opportunities.

Paul's Place, Inc.

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

For more than 35 years, Paul’s Place has been providing services to meet the basic needs of residents in Pigtown and other Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods, including nutritious hot meals, comprehensive emergency assistance, adult literacy, health services and youth after-school and summer programs. In response to an urgent need for job training, employment and economic development, Paul’s Place is developing a culinary arts training program for 60 young adults annually that includes a full-service restaurant and catering operation. This grant supports the construction of the training facility that will also build on recent private investment along Pigtown’s main street.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

$66,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Tax Sale Prevention Project. 

Public Justice Center, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Public Justice Center (PJC) is leading a multi-year campaign to research and advocate for changes in rental laws and processes that limit tenant rights and deny due process. Their “Justice Diverted” report demonstrated through tenant surveys and court case analysis the imbalance between treatment of tenant rights and landlord obligations by judges in Baltimore City’s “Rent Court” in the District Court. PJC provides legal advice and representation to tenants, pursues high impact litigation, and works with the judiciary to raise public awareness around the need for increased access to legal counsel and higher rental housing habitability standards. 

ReBuild Metro

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For over a decade, ReBUILD Metro (formerly TRF Development Partners) has been building market stabilizing affordable housing in East Baltimore to create opportunity and wealth for low-income residents. The organization renovates vacant houses and builds new product for rent and for sale through their partnership with BUILD and local churches, sustaining both local construction jobs and small contractor businesses. This spring and summer seasons yielded unusually heavy rains, straining the existing roofing system of their headquarter building and cutting short its expected useful life. Funds will be used for roof repair and replacement to stabilize the building and enable a top floor office expansion.

Southeast Community Development Corporation

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of staff costs for bilingual Spanish-English homeownership counseling to prepare immigrants and refugees to buy houses in Baltimore City.

Southwest Partnership

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Southwest Partnership is a partnership of seven neighborhoods and six anchor institutions formed to focus on community redevelopment while preserving the uniqueness of these communities. The former Lord Baltimore Theater, is an iconic building along the historic retail strip that SWP has targeted for redevelopment as a cultural arts/education center. This grant provided support for a consultant to develop financing structure for redevelopment of the Theater, and assist SWP with the establishment of a nonprofit organization to oversee the property.

The 6th Branch

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

The 6th Branch (T6B) utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute aggressive community service initiatives in Baltimore City. It builds community by bringing together service-minded veterans and civilians to serve the community on the home front. This grant provided support for The 6th Branch's Neighborscape Program, which transforms the vacant areas in Baltimore City communities into thriving community assets.

The Compound

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Located in Baltimore’s Midway neighborhood, the Compound is a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose cultural space on one acre of land that provides affordable housing to 10 working artists, affordable work/studio space to 24 artists and artisans, and employment and training opportunities to Midway residents. Residents and tenants are part of the Baltimore DIY art and music scene and the Compound became known as a venue for innovative music and cultural events. As a part of efforts to preserve the Compound, in combination with State of Maryland funding, improvements will be made to bring the buildings up to code.

The Harbor Bank of Maryland Community Development Corporation

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Joseph Haskins, Jr. Center for Economic and Community Development.

Transit Choices

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

Transit Choices is a coalition of business organizations, universities, cultural institutions, community groups, planners, developers and entrepreneurs concerned with creating an efficient and effective public transit system in Baltimore. Transit Choices engages the coalition to develop priorities for investment and to advocate for improvements that increase options for work and school commutes for the 35 percent of Baltimore residents without cars and address transit mobility as a competitiveness issue for the city. This grant provides operating support.

Venture for America

$150,000
New York, NY

In support of costs related to recruiting, selecting, training, and placing 2018 Fellows in Baltimore.

Criminal Justice & Addiction

ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

On going support for ACLU's criminal justice project to include efforts around ending the misuse of solitary confinement, expanding parole opportunities for individuals sentenced to life sentences, and encouraging meaningful family and community connections for iincarcerated individuals.

Alternative Directions, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Turn About Program.

Association for the Public Defender

$8,000
Baltimore, MD

The Association for the Public Defender of Maryland was created to support the activities of the  Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), an independent state agency that provides legal representation to indigent defendants throughout the state.  This grant provides matching funds for an AmeriCorps volunteer who will be placed at OPD in Baltimore City to develop a routinized process for public defenders to include expungement petitions into their process for closing a case.  The project year will focus on a pilot cohort of public defenders to develop, implement, and refine a process that can be replicated throughout Baltimore City and ultimately OPD offices statewide. 

Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of legislative and community efforts to establish the implementation of safe consumption sites in Baltimore City.

Behavioral Health Leadership Institute, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of year two of Project Connections at Re-Entry
(PCARE), which seeks to improve treatment outcomes for opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

$25,000
Washington, DC

To ensure effective implementation of Maryland Court Rule 4-217 regarding the use of cash bail and to take Baltimore a step closer to dismantling its discriminatory bail system.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

$25,000
Washington, DC

To ensure effective implementation of Maryland Court Rule 4-217 regarding the use of cash bail and to take Baltimore a step closer to dismantling its discriminatory bail system.

Marian House, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of providing transitional, supportive housing for homeless women and children.

Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, City of Baltimore

$156,922
Baltimore, MD

In support of the implementation of Strategic Decision Support Centers in East and West Baltimore to reduce violence in Baltimore City.

Progressive Maryland Education Fund

$25,000
Silver Spring, MD

In support of efforts to reform Maryland's bail system. 

Roca

$1,000,000
Chelsea, MA

In support of replicating the Roca model in Baltimore City.

The Justice Policy Institute

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) is a non-profit research, public policy and communications organization that focuses both locally and nationally on reforms in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This grant provided funding to continue JPI's efforts to use the successful reentry of the Unger population to advocate for parole reform and effective reentry services in Maryland.

TurnAround, Inc.

$127,000
Towson, MD

In support of operating expenses to provide outreach, support services, emergency shelter, and transitional housing for Baltimore City victims of sex trafficking and their children.

United Ministries, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

On going support for Earl's Place which provides housing and support services to up to 35 homeless men suffering from addiction and assists them in locating, obtaining, and maintaining permanent housing.

University of Baltimore Foundation

$73,100
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Pretrial Justice Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Environment

Blue Water Baltimore, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Blue Water Baltimore advances clean water and watershed protection and elevates citizen concerns through multiple fronts: water and outfall sampling, data collection and scientific analysis, outreach and education, green infrastructure installation and tree plantings, cultivation and sale of native plants, targeted policy work, legislative advocacy, as well as litigation to hold polluters accountable under the Clean Water Act. This grant provides staff support to address top pollutants plaguing Baltimore City and its waterways: stormwater runoff, sewage overflows, and litter/trash.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

$100,000
Annapolis, MD

In support of efforts to develop an Environmental Impact Bond to implement a green infrastructure for Baltimore's stormwater management.

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