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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2020.
Health & Human Services
Advocates for Children and Youth
Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) is an independent organization dedicated to promoting the interests of children and families in Maryland through research, policy development, community outreach, media relations, and government relations. ACY is one of the leading champions of policies in Maryland that advance the interests of children across a broad range of issues, including education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and health care. This grant supports ACY's child welfare program, which focuses on the needs of foster and homeless youth in Maryland.
B'More Clubhouse, Inc.
B’more Clubhouse is certified as a psychiatric rehabilitation program. It operates like a community center, where members have the opportunity to build a structure and support system that helps them obtain employment, further education, and affordable housing. As Clubhouse members, program participants contribute to the decision-making and implementation of all Clubhouse operations. This grant supports B'more Clubhouse's general operations.
Baltimore Community Rowing
Reach High Baltimore, a project of Baltimore Community Rowing, was founded in 2011 to bring the sport of rowing to Baltimore City middle and high school students. The program provides programming year-round and serves about 125 students a year. This grant supports the program's efforts to increase enrollment from the neighborhoods closest to the Baltimore Rowing Center, by funding a second bus route, which will provide transportation to students living in Cherry Hill and Westport.
Benefits Data Trust
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national nonprofit organization that assists low income individuals to access state and federal aid programs to meet their financial needs. BDT leverages partnerships with government agencies to conduct outreach to individuals who may be eligible for government assistance programs that they are not currently receiving. Using highly trained screening and enrollment staff and customized technology, BDT screens these individuals to assess their eligibility for a range of public benefit programs, and assists them to enroll in those programs for which they are eligible, helping to lift them out of poverty. This grant supports BDT's Maryland Benefits Center.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children in Baltimore, Inc.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore provides support and advocacy for children in abuse and neglect cases in Baltimore City's Juvenile Court. CASA recruits and trains lay volunteers who work closely with children referred by the Juvenile Court to assess their needs and make recommendations to the Court regarding the child's placement and needed services. Research on the CASA model suggests that children with CASA volunteers are more likely to be placed in permanent homes and less likely to re-enter foster care after they achieve permanancy than children without CASA volunteers. This grant supports a new volunteer recruitment campaign, with a particular focus on increasing the number of African American CASA volunteers.
Drink at The Well - Hon's Honey Social Enterprise
Drink at the Well operates a drop-in center that serves vulnerable women in the Curtis Bay community in South Baltimore. The center offers case management, mentoring, financial literacy education, food, clothing and flexible financial assistance in a community that has few resources. In 2018, Drink at the Well launched a social enterprise known as Hon's Honey, which sells locally-sourced honey and honey-based skin care products and provides employment opportunities for women in The Well's mentoring program. This grant provides operating support for Hon's Honey.
Fostering Change Network Foundation
Fostering Change Network (FCN) provides mentoring, training, coaching and networking opportunities to young adults who are or were in foster care to help them achieve personal and professional success. This grant funds FCN's Support Our Foster Youth program, which provides support to foster youth who are attending college, to help them achieve their educational and career goals. FCN is developing partnerships with Baltimore City Community College, University of Baltimore, and University of Maryland College Park to address the needs of current and former foster youth attending those institutions and provide the support they need to complete their degrees. FCN is working to change the odds for youth in foster care, few of whom attend college, and when they do, they have very low rates of college completion.
Franciscan Center, Inc.
Founded in 1968, the Franciscan Center is an emergency outreach and drop-in center that serves individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The center serves a hot, mid-day meal five days a week, dinners twice a week, counseling, case management, flexible financial assistance, and related services. This grant provides general operating support for the center's operations, which have greatly expanded during the pandemic to meet the needs of the many Baltimore residents who are struggling with food insecurity, unemployment and other needs.
HealthCare Access Maryland
HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) is a critical healthcare non-profit that enrolls Maryland residents in health insurance and provides care coordination to special populations. Due to Covid 19, HCAM employees began working remotely in March 2020. This grant enables HCAM to purchase laptops for employees who currently are not able to telework, specifically those staff members who verify Medical Assistance applications for eligibility and provide health care coordination for children placed in foster care.
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) provides free legal services to homeless individuals throughout Maryland. This grant supports HPRP's Homeless Youth Initiative, which provides direct representation to unaccompanied homeless youth on a range of legal needs, and advocates for policy solutions to youth homelessness in Maryland.
Intercultural Counseling Connection / Fusion Partnerships
Intercultural Counseling Connection provides therapeutic services for asylum-seekers and forced migrants in Baltimore through a pro-bono referral network of mental health professionals, as well as high quality interpretation in any language. Its clients are from over 30 different countries and have experienced extreme violence, including torture. Intercultural Counseling Connection serves about 100 clients a year in individual and group therapy. This grant is for general operating support.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The SPARC Center is a drop-in center designed to meet the needs of female sex workers and other vulnerable women in Baltimore City. Part of a federally-funded research study on the needs of female sex workers, the center provides a range of health and social services to address the many challenges and barriers to service that these women face. This grant provides funding for a case manager and a part-time psychiatrist so the center can better meet clients' mental health and social service needs.
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
This grant supports the Rales Health Center (RHC) at KIPP Baltimore, which provides health services to more than 1,500 students in grades K - 8 who attend two co-located schools in West Baltimore. The RHC provides both basic school nursing services, and enhanced clinical services for students with acute health concerns and unmet preventive care needs. In addition to a full range of clinical services, the RHC provides student and staff wellness programs, screenings, first aid and comfort care, and medication monitoring. In its first four years of operations, the RHC had more than 5,000 school-based health center visits, 78,000 school nursing visits, and 39,000 medication administration visits. In addition, the RHC provides a school-wide vision care program, offers access to counseling and psychiatric services through a partnership with Johns Hopkins Bayview, and is working with KIPP staff to adapt and implement a social-emotional learning curriculum to address student behavior and school climate concerns.
Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care (“The Brancati Center”) will implement an evidence-based diabetes self-management training and support program for 70 people in partnership with three churches in East Baltimore: Zion Baptist Church; Memorial Baptist Church; and Israel Baptist Church. The Brancati Center will assess the effectiveness of the program through both laboratory results and validated patient questionnaires for the following outcomes: A1C levels; weight loss; blood pressure; medication burden (the number of diabetes-related medications and the type and dosages of medications); and participants’ knowledge of diabetes self-management information.
Kids in Need of Defense
Founded in 2008, KIND is the only national organization dedicated solely to providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in immigration court. KIND has in-house legal professionals and also leverages pro bono legal professionals to represent more than 500 unaccompanied children a year. KIND's Baltimore Field Office is able to gain U.S. protection for 95% of clients for whom it completes legal proceedings. This grant supported KIND Baltimore in hiring a second social services coordinator to help ensure clients' non-legal needs are being met, including: crisis management; health and mental health' educational support; safe housing; and food security.
Leveling the Playing Field, Inc.
Leveling the Playing Field collects and redistributes used and excess sporting equipment to schools and organizations serving low-income children. The donated equipment enables programs to pass on the savings to families through reduced or free registration fees or expanded programming. Last year, the organization distributed $725,000 worth of equipment and goods to 140 different area programs. This grant supported Leveling the Playing Field's general operating costs.
Maryland Dental Action Coalition, Inc.
he Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) is a statewide dental access advocacy group. In 2019, MDAC and other groups successfully advocated for the creation of a waiver program to provide comprehensive dental benefits to Maryland adutls who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. MDAC launched a collaborative of professionals from the dental, health and social services sectors to support the implementation of the waiver program. This grant supports the collaborative.
Maryland Hunger Solutions
Maryland Hunger Solutions (MHS) is an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, a national research and advocacy organization that works to eradicate hunger in the United States. MHS works with state and local government agencies and nonprofit partners to maximize participation in federal nutrition programs, increase access to healthy, affordable food in low-income communities, and improve public policies in Maryland to reduce hunger and improve nutrition. This grant provides operating support to MHS as it works to respond to increased demand for assistance in accessing federal nutrition benefits in the wake of job losses caused by COVID-19.
Maryland MENTOR, Fiscally Sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence
Maryland MENTOR aims to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for Maryland’s young people and close the mentoring gap. The organization provides free training, technical assistance, and quality improvement efforts to mentoring programs. The Mentoring Connector also helps programs recruit mentors. This grant provides general operating support.
Moveable Feast, Inc.
Founded in 1989 as a volunteer-led organization providing home-cooked meals to people with HIV and AIDS, Moveable Feast is now the leading provider of home-delivered, medically tailored meals for people with chronic health conditions in the Baltimore region. The organization delivers approximately 550,000 meals annually to individuals who are medically compromised and have diseases that are impacted by nutrition. Moveable Feast is an active participant in the national Food Is Medicine coalition, an association of nonprofit food and nutrition service providers that collaborate to advance public policy, promote research, and share best practices on the provision of medically tailored meals and nutrition education. This grant provides general support for Moveable Feast's operations.
Neighbor to Family, Inc.
Neighbor To Family (NTF) provides high quality foster care to sibling groups so that siblings do not have to be separated when they are removed from their homes. NTF uses trained, professional foster families to provide temporary homes for sibling groups, while working closely with the biological family to address the issues that led to the children being removed from their home. The average NTF foster family takes in four siblings, with some taking in up to eight siblings at a time. This grant funds extracurricular, recreational and educational activities for children in NTF's Baltimore program.
Part of a national network of "diaper banks," ShareBaby provides diapers and other critical baby supplies to low income parents in Baltimore. ShareBaby partners with a wide range of other organizations, including Judy Centers, family support centers, home visiting programs, and programs serving the homeless and victims of domestic violence, to distribute these essential items to families for whom the cost of diapers can be an insurmountable expense. This grant provides operating support for ShareBaby.
Shepherd’s Clinic provides free medical, behavioral health, and wellness care to 800-900 clients annually, largely through volunteer clinicians and staff. Every year, volunteers contribute approximately 10,500 hours of service. Shepherd's Clinic's clients are adults who do not qualify for Medical Assistance and yet cannot afford private insurance (most of Shepherd’s Clinic’s clients live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line). This grant supported Shepherd's Clinic's general operating costs.
Soccer Without Borders Baltimore
Soccer Without Borders provides year-round soccer and academic support programs for refugee, asylum-seekers, and immigrant youth. Soccer Without Borders provides a safe and supportive environment for youth, as well as English language development, through its soccer teams. This grant supported the high school program for 70 youth in Baltimore City.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
The Beans & Bread Center, a St. Vincent de Paul program, provides a wide range of services on-site that address the needs of the chronically homeless, including housing, health care, recovery, and employment. This grant supported the Beans & Bread homeless day resource in providing a day shelter, intake and engagement, case management, meals, hygiene supplies, showers, laundry, assistance securing personal identification, and access to phones and mail services. The center operates seven days a week and serves more than 400 meals a day.
The Community Builders
The Community Builders is a national nonprofit organization that develops and operates affordable housing supported by services designed to strengthen and sustain both the residents of the buildings and of the surrounding communities. This grant will support the construction of a health and wellness center at City View at McCulloh, a 350 unit apartment building that houses low-income seniors and non-elderly people with disabilities.
The Family Tree, Inc.
The Family Tree reaches over 20,000 people a year with parenting and caregiving programs and supports. This grant provided support for the Family Tree to increase its capacity to provide Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), an evidence-based parenitng intervention for caregivers of infants and toddlers who have experienced early adversity.
The Samaritan Community
The Samaritan Community provides support to families and individuals who are in crisis, using an individualized approach that addresses the unique needs of each client. The vast majority of clients served are unemployed, and many have chronic illnesses, including mental health and substance use disorders. The center's programs include a food pantry, emergency financial assistance, individual and group counseling, and referrals. This grant supports the Samaritan Community's regular programs, as well as a special fund established to meet the needs of clients who have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
TurnAround provides comprehensive, trauma-informed services to survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual abuse and assault, harassment, and human trafficking in Baltimore City and County. This grant supports TurnAround's anti-trafficking program, which provides emergency and supportive services to survivors of sex trafficking. The program offers safety planning, emergency shelter, intensive advocacy, case management, group and individual counseling, and connection to basic human needs like food and clothing.
Up2Us aims to engage, train and support sports coaches to transform youth, programs and communities. The organization partners with AmeriCorps to offer year-long coaching placements with schools and community programs as a service learning opportunity. This grant will help subsidize the cost-share for community-based programs that operate in-person programming so that they are able to hire a high-quality coach.
Youth Empowered Society, Fiscally Sponsored by Maryland Philanthropy Network
The YES drop-in center serves homeless youth ages 14 - 25, providing counseling, peer support, connections to resources, and a safe place for youth to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, laundry facilities, and access to phones and computers, among other things. YES staff and partner agencies provide employment counseling and job placement support; housing assistance; case management; assistance accessing public benefits; access to health care; legal services; and leadership development opportunities. This grant will support the construction and relocation costs associated with the YES Center's move to a new, larger building that will better meet the needs of the youth it serves.