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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2019.
Belair-Edison Neighoborhoods, Inc.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI) uses a variety of strategies to support existing renters and homeowners and attract new owner-occupants to its Northeast Baltimore community. BENI facilitates investment in homes, support resident self-management, and ensure that new homeowners are financially well informed and prepared to manage the realities of owning a home. BENI will provide financial education counseling including pre-purchase, post-purchase, and foreclosure counseling to city residents, and support existing homeowners with home improvements and other efforts to increase the value of and equity in their homes.
Civic Works, Inc.
Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore program offers weatherization, home energy efficiency and health & safety improvements to low and moderate income households. Utilizing competitive Maryland Energy Administration funding and BGE utility rebates, the program expects to complete 100 energy audits, energy efficient weatherization improvements in 50 homes, and bedbug remediation in 50 homes and screen all households for property tax credits, water bill discounts and federal nutrition benefits. The grant covers expenses for staff to promote the program, screen applicants for benefits, establish scopes of work, manage contract implementation, and ensure quality control.
Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland
Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland is the only fair housing organization in the state. The organization will target West and East Baltimore communities for delivery of eviction prevention support and outreach materials. This grant provided support for outreach efforts centered around tenants’ rights and responsibilities and landlord education in Baltimore City.
Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Inc.
Farm Alliance of Baltimore City will offer a Double Dollars program to incentivize households receiving federal food benefits to spend their dollars on fruits and vegetables at local farm stands and the Civic Works’ mobile market. The target population for this project is low-income adults and children who live in Healthy Food Priority Areas, or areas with high food insecurity, and who remain at a significant disadvantage as they have unequal access to resources, especially healthy nutritious food.
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch will provide research, education and advocacy around issues of affordability of water and wastewater consumption in Baltimore City by low income customers. Grant funding will be used toward best practices information from a research consultant and expert on utility affordability, the production and distribution of educational and promotional materials, and staff costs of outreach, civic engagement and community education about water utility customer affordability issues.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built or renovated 750 homes and helped qualifying low-income families to move into homeownership with energy-efficient, affordable homes with zero-interest mortgages. The organization with acquiring, renovating, and selling 12 homes in the Station East Community in East Baltimore, and create homeownership opportunities in this quickly changing community for families with household incomes of 30%-50% of the Area Median Income.
HomeFree-USA is a HUD intermediary that oversees a national network of more than 50 affiliated community and faith-based housing counseling agencies. It has acquired and is renovating properties in the Poppleton neighborhood in South West Baltimore as a part of their “Move Up in Baltimore” initiative. This grant provides support for closing cost assistance for low- to moderate-income homebuyers.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Inc.
ICIC will bring Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) to Baltimore, a business technical assistance program started in 2005 to help urban entrepreneurs better position themselves to access capital, increase revenues, grow their businesses and create jobs. The program specifically targets companies located in areas with high rates of poverty and unemployment, and they accept businesses that draw 40 percent of their employment from economically distressed communities. Grant funds will be used for stipends and travel of business school professors and finance professionals providing the training in Baltimore City.
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering
The Baltimore Healthcare Innovator Retention Program fellowship stipends enable talented Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students to continue working on promising healthcare innovations after they complete their graduate studies. These teams of Fellows operative as virtual startups creating commercially viable products, seeking follow-on funding, and creating new companies. The program maximizes the translation of discovery and invention from the University biomedical program into income-generating companies which have the potential to generate local employment.
Latino Economic Development Center
Latino Economic Development Center offers access to business resources and capital to meet the needs of underserved communities and communities of color in Baltimore. Their small business coaches provide one-on-one technical assistance and workshops/courses related to business planning, financial management, incorporation, licensing and permitting, accounting, marketing, and technology integration. Lending staff are trained to provide micro-loans ranging from $500 to $50,000 and larger loans up to $250,000.
Parks & People Foundation
Parks & People Foundation offers a paid youth internship and enrichment after school program and a summer Youthworks program called ‘Branches’ to address two critical issues: the need for meaningful employment for economically disadvantaged youth and the need for a trained workforce caring for parks and green spaces in the City. Participants in the Branches program gain hands-on experience and skills designing and implementing projects that have a community impact while contributing to the areas where many of them live and attend school, including neighborhoods which have high levels of poverty and few opportunities for positive development of young people.
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.
Pro Bono Resource Center provides legal assistance, recourse information and education to Baltimore City homeowners at risk of foreclosure to delinquent real property taxes or water bills. The Tax Sale Prevention Project includes training and engaging volunteer attorneys and housing counselors to assist Baltimore residents at risk of tax sale; citywide tax sale prevention clinics; presentations at community educational events; promotion of the TaxSaleHelpBaltimore.com online tool and targeted outreach via postcard. This grant provided support for staff and project expenses associated with the Tax Sale Prevention Project.
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. Abell grant funding will be used to complement city and private funds toward development of a market analysis and reinvestment plan for Johnston Square.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore
For the past 30 years, Rebuilding Together has been assisting low-income homeowners with home repairs to enable them to remain safe and healthy in their homes; to help maintain the home as an asset, thereby building wealth in the family; and to contribute to neighborhood stabilization and revitalization. With Abell support toward a new staff new position, Rebuilding Together expects to be able to increase capacity by 20 percent and serve 48 low-income homeowners in 2019.
South Baltimore Partnership
Litter and debris in streets, alleys and stormdrains is a huge problem for many Baltimore neighborhoods and the waste degrades downstream waterways. The trash is polluting and demoralizing for residents, reducing the desirability of the neighborhood and discouraging investment. South Baltimore Partnership’s has conceived of and executed a homegrown program that extends the well-received street cleaning work of summer YouthWorkers throughout the year, employs community members part-time, and measures its progress.
Southeast Community Development Corporation
SECDC will consult with the CASH Campaign of Maryland (CASH) for their expertise to provide training and technical assistance to the organization’s housing counseling team. CASH will conduct an analysis of current practices and staff capacity in the area of financial capability. They intend to develop a financial coaching program that is integrated into SECDC’s homeownership counseling service delivery and will train staff in financial coaching techniques to comprehensively serve Baltimore City households, particularly among low income communities of color.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation created a three-year strategy of pooled resources from multiple foundations to strengthen and support inclusive small business development technical assistance providers and Community Development Finance Institution small business lenders in Baltimore City. An annual cohort of six providers will receive staff and consultant support, technology improvements, marketing and fundraising assistance, and reporting system integration to strengthen the pipeline of small businesses qualified for loans in the $50,000 to $250,000 range, particularly focused on entrepreneurs of color.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
With its 135 acres of parkland and habitat for 1,500 animals, the Maryland Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the country, a tremendous asset to Baltimore City and a prime destination for residents and tourists visiting from other parts of the state and beyond. Educating schoolchildren and visitors is the highest priority activity of the zoo and educational programs include Zoo-mobiles, pediatric outreach, pop-up labs, field talks, and nature play. Nearly 95 percent of the animals at the Zoo are endangered species and educational programming complements the Zoo’s conservation and research efforts, offering diverse audiences lessons on science, biology and biodiversity.
The Mission Continues
The Mission continues provides veterans with an outlet for continued service in 55 metropolitan areas. Veteran volunteers work with nonprofit partners and community leaders through its week long Mass Deployment initiative. Baltimore is this year’s Mass Deployment site, with planned projects in the Harlem Park and Brooklyn/Curtis Bay communities. This grant provides support for expenses and equipment associated with this year’s project.
Venture for America
Venture for America strengthens entrepreneurship, business formation, and economic growth by attracting top talent students to work in start-up and early-stage companies. Since 2013, VFA has placed 110 Fellows in Baltimore City for two-year fellowships with more than 50 high-growth companies and startups, and they have supported the launch of nine Fellow-founded companies. Of 15 participating cities, Baltimore is the second largest program and boasts the highest post-Fellowship retention rate.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel has successfully operated at the mouth of the Jones Falls since 2014, collecting over 2 million pounds of trash and debris which would otherwise litter the Harbor, including a mattress, a keg, a guitar, a ball python, 11.3 million cigarette butts, 1 million foam containers, 880,646 plastic bottles, and 649,000 plastic bags. In need of upgrades, grant funding will enable mechanical repairs and cosmetic improvements that are beyond the scope of routine annual maintenance and operations.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Alternative Directions, Inc. (ADI) has over 30 years of experience with prisoner re-entry services and pro se civil legal services. This grant will provide matching funds for ADI's Civil Legal Program which provides free legal assistance to individuals in prison or recently released from prison. These pro-se services focus primarily on family and domestic legal issues and expungements.
Association for the Public Defender of Maryland
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 two americorp volunteers who will be placed at OPD in Baltimore City to support pretrial reform efforts and expansion of the OPD social work program.
Baltimore Police Department
Funding from the Abell Foundation will support the Baltimore Police Deparment's efforts to send six BPD leaders to the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Leadership Forum (PERF) that provides police executives with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government. It is designed for mid-upper level police executives who will ultimately serve in leading roles in their police agencies.
Behavioral Health Leadership Institute, Inc.
The Behavioral Health Leadership Institute operates low-barrier substance abuse and mental health treatment programs in communities throughout Baltimore City. A grant from the Abell Foundation will provide on-going support for its mobile treatment van operating outside of the Baltimore City Detention Center. The mobile van offers health screenings, buprenorphine and mental health treatment on-site, and referrals to other community-based services to individuals leaving the detention center.
Charm City Care Connection
Abell Foundation support will allow CCCC to open a daytime Harm Reduction Drop-in Center (HRDC) for people with a substance use disorder to provide a safe space to access needed services and support. The HRDC will include low barrier and easy to access services, including the following:syringe exchange,fentanyl test strip distribution, naloxone distribution, community meals and case management.
Dayspring Programs, Inc.
Dayspring provides transitional and permanent supportive housing for 63 families, and Head Start services to 329 children at locations in East Baltimore (including on-site at the transitional housing facility). Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Dayspring to expand its programming to include an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program (IOP) on-site to offer substance abuse counseling and mental health treatment to residents in the broader community
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
To support the deployment of security officers at intersections in the Downtown business district to decrease negative interactions between motorists and squeegee kids and adults. The officers interact with the window washers who work at these intersections to determine if they can be connected to traditional work opportunities or services as needed.
Marian House, Inc.
Marian House is a supportive housing program for homeless women and children located in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City. Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Marian House's Impact Study which will track outcome data for Marian House residents who exited the program between 2011-2016. Findings from the evaluation will help Marian House to identify any gaps in programming and to support its fundraising efforts.
Ms. Frances' House
Ms. Frances' House provides housing and substance use disorder treatement services to women and their children in Coppin Heights. Funding from the Abell Foundation will support a gap in its operating budget for the fiscal year.
Baltimore City Office of Sustainable Energy
This pilot program has a simple premise: to lower water consumption and bills through water conservation and efficiency interventions and to measure the results. The Baltimore City Energy Office proposes to continue a five-year partnership with Healthy Neighborhoods that began with energy-efficiency projects to offer low and moderate income homeowners free installation of aerators, showerheads, high-efficiency/low water flow toilet replacements, and potential plumbing alterations and leak repairs if appropriate. The pilot program will be offered to 150 homeowners and three large nonprofit facilities with a mission of providing housing and services to homeless and low-income households.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chesapeake Climate Action Network will expand its Maryland Healthy Communities Campaign to advocate for waste disposale alternatives and solutions in Baltimore City, reduction in emissions from landfills, and eliminate subsidies for incineration in Maryland. The goals are to improve recycling and composting, reduce litter and trash pollution in streets and waterways, and reduce pollution generated by incinerators and landfills.
Maryland Department of Transportation Port Administration
The Maryland Port Administration of the Maryland Department of Transportation will install an innovative Algal Flow-way Technology (AFT) system to improve water quality in the Harbor. Sediment-laden Harbor water will be pumped across an inclined screen raceway to colonize algae and capture the nutrients, removing pollution and discharging cleaner water. The best management practice technology will be used to meet Port water quality requirements.
Smart Surfaces Coalition
Baltimore will have the opportunity to be the very first city in the country to customize and utilize an analytical tool to document and weight the costs versus the health and fiscal benefits of investment in smart surfaces (cool and green roofing, porous paving, tree canopy and green infrastructure) to address a city that is about 70 percent paved or roofed. As low income residents suffer disproportionate impacts of air pollution and higher summer temperatures in areas characterized by little greenery and prevalence of dark impervious surfaces, the tool will be used to help Baltimore adopt cost-effective solutions to cut excess heat radiation from buildings and hard surfaces, reduce flood risk and manage surface water runoff, an improve livability, health and equity while saving money and creating jobs.
Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a coalition of nineteen independent programs working to make the waters of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays swimmable and fishable. As an affiliate partner with the Indiana-based Clear Choices Clean Water organization, Waterkeepers Chesapeake will launch a community education and behavioral change campaign to highlight the effects densely populated areas have on water quality. This grant provides programmatic support for the launch of Clear Choices Clean Water Baltimore.
Arena Players Incorporated
Arena Players is the oldest continuously operating African-American community theater in the US. A comprehensive renovation of its theater facility will include upgrades to the main stage, a complete renovation of the second and third floors and exterior repairs and improvements. This grant provided support for staff project management.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Chesapeake Shakespeare brings theatre to Baltimore City with productions of Shakespeare and other plays of classic stature. At the end of its 16th season, CSC served more than 32,000 student and patrons. This grant provides support for costs associated with the construction of an elevated and closed pedestrian bridge that would connect the CSC Theater to educational and administrative space in a nearby building.
Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.
The Hippodrome Foundation introduces Maryland students and community members to the arts via the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. The three buildings that comprise the Hippodrome Theatre welcome 250,000+ patrons annually and offer Broadway shows. The Hippodrome Foundation will complete renovations of the fourth building in the complex – the M&T Bank Pavilion – for use as a community art and event space. The space will be programmed for youth arts education, community performances, and private events.