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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2020.
Health & Human Services
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc.
Baltimore Outreach Services (BOS) operates a 40 bed shelter for women and children in South Baltimore, one of only three family shelters in Baltimore City. To support and stabilize families staying at the shelter, BOS offers case management, job training and employment support services, educational programming, health and mental health services, and transitional housing. In Fiscal Year 2020, BOS served 98 women and 145 children. This grant provides general operating support for BOS.
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.
I AM MENtality Youth Male Empowerment Project
I AM MENtality is a mentoring and youth development program for boys and young men in Baltimore City. This grant supports the I AM MENtality Leadership Development Academy, its community-based program in the Irvington and Liberty Heights neighborhoods, which provides group-based and individual mentoring to youth and their families.
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 Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.
This grant supports two of Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative's current efforts: 1) The “Easy Enrollment” program, which uses individual tax returns to identify people who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, health insurance, and expand it to unemployment applications; 2) Advocate for the formation of and funding for Health Equity Resource Communities, which would be a state-funded grant program focused on reducing disparities in chronic health.
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.
In 2019, Del. Lorig Charkoudian (District 20) introduced legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to limit hospital debt lawsuits for patients owing less than $5000, along with other medical debt lawsuit reforms. The bill did not pass in the abridged session, in part due to concerns that a prohibition may result in unintended consequences for Maryland’s cost-of-care model.
With this grant support, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition will oversee an econometric research study by health economists at Boston University to calculate the likely effects of a cap on hospital lawsuits at different thresholds. The study's findings will inform future legislation on medical debt lawsuits in Maryland.
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.
MOMCares, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
MOMCares provides prenatal and postpartum doula support to women who have complicated pregnancies and/or deliveries, particularly women whose newborns require neonatal intensive care treatment. MOMCares doulas work closely with each client to develop a holistic care plan based on the needs and desires of the new mother. The organization focuses on serving Black women, who have disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality due to a variety of factors, including the impact of systemic racism and chronic stress. By providing comprehensive support to new mothers who have had high risk pregnancies and deliveries, MOMCares aims to reduce the stresses that can result in maternal mortality. This grant provides general operating support for MOMCares.
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.
Public Justice Center, Inc.
The Public Justice Center's Health and Benefits Rights project works to ensure access to critical services through a combination of research, education, advocacy,and litigation. The project will focus on three key priorities: 1) reducing maternal mortality disparities, with a specific focus on increasing access to doula care; 2) monitoring and enforcing state and federal laws requiring Maryland to pay for treatment of Hepatitis C for individuals on Medicaid; and 3) ensuring that state agencies and private healthcare providers are complying with state and federal language access laws that require the provision of translation and interpretation services for people with limited English proficiency. This grant supports the salary of the Health and Benefits Rights attorney, and associated project expenses.
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.
Springboard Community Services
Springboard Community Services provides mental health and case management services to families and youth throughout Central Maryland who have been impacted by trauma. This grant provides capital support for the creation of a new youth resource center in Springboard's main office building in Baltimore City.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
Promise Housing is a new program of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore that will serve unaccompanied homeless youth in Baltimore City. Part of the federally-funded Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, Promise Housing will provide 25 units of rapid rehousing and 23 units of permanent supportive housing, coupled with housing search assistance, case management, employment support services, and other services tailored to the needs and interests of the clients. This grant provides flexible financial assistance to remove financial barriers to housing and employment faced by Promise Housing clients.
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.
Tahirih Justice Center
The Tahirih Justice Center represents immigrant women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses, including domestic violence and sexual assault. Tahirih provides free immigration and family law services and social service coordination to about 290 women a year and their families. This grant provides general operating support to Tahirih's Baltimore Field Office.
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.
University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation
HealthySteps is an evidence-based model that embeds a child development professional into pediatric care to promote positive parenting and healthy development for babies and toddlers from birth to age five. The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) implements HealthySteps at two sites: the UMSOM Family Medicine Practice and the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus Pedatric practice. This grant will strengthen data collection capacity so that ultimately, UMSOM can analyze the program’s return on investment and advocate for insurance reimbursement of the program's prevention services.
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.
Youth Empowered Society, Fiscally Sponsored by Maryland Philanthropy Network
Opened in 2012, the YES Drop-In Center serves unaccompanied homeless youth ages 14 to 25, offering counseling, peer support, connections to resources and a safe place for the youth to meet their basic needs. YES staff and partner agencies provide employment counseling and job placement support; assistance accessing housing and public benefits; case management; tutoring; health care; pro bono legal services; and parenting support. In FY 2020, the YES Center served 201 youth. This grant supports the centers operations.
Baltimore City Department of Planning, Fiscally Sponsored by Civic Works, Inc.
The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative within the Baltimore City Department of Planning will provide mini-grants to grassroots community organizations who are working hard and quickly to fill gaps in Baltimore’s larger emergency food-distribution system as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Funds will be used for food, protective equipment for volunteers and nonprofit employees, transportation and fuel costs to supply food to those who are homebound, elderly, immuno-compromised, and living in poverty, most of whom are unable to access distribution centers, have lost their local pantry program due to COVID closure, or may have a gap without food while, for example, waiting for their Meals on Wheels registration to be processed or for SNAP benefits to be approved.
Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.
Baltimore Community Lending (BCL) is an intermediary lender under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Microloan Programs. The foundation will provide the balance of matching funding to create a 15 percent loan loss reserve to launch the program. In supporting the small business assistance infrastructure in Baltimore City, the first year’s SBA Microloan fund of $750,000 is expected to fund loan amounts between $10,000 and $50,000 to between 15 to 75 small businesses, with special outreach to Black-owned businesses and businesses owned by people of color in Baltimore City.
Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.
In 2018, Baltimore Community Lending created Baltimore Business Lending to assist in the creation and growth of small businesses in Baltimore City. Securing capital and business assistance remain the greatest challenges for Baltimore City entrepreneurs looking to start and grow new businesses, especially among those who have been disenfranchised historically. An Abell grant for business lending operations and marketing, as well as a partial guarantee of loan losses will enable Baltimore Business Lending to loan $1.25 million and create and retain jobs.
Baltimore Community ToolBank
Baltimore Community ToolBank lends tools and equipment to community based member organizations for a nominal fee. Items are typically used for community clean-ups, beautification, festivals, and other projects. Due to social distancing guidelines, large scale volunteer deployment projects are not being implemented, and other projects to date have been limited to 10 or less volunteers. Fees generated from tool rental orders have decreased significantly, thus decreasing the ToolBank’s revenue. During the COVID-19 crisis, tools and equipment for use in support of emergency response activities and support are being provided at no charge for the duration of the crisis. This grant will support core program staff levels which will allow program implementation without interruption of service provision.
Baltimore Corps supports Baltimore City’s social innovation sector by recruiting and deploying mission-driven young professionals to Baltimore City’s public agencies and social sector organizations. As the need for staffing in key COVID-related positions has increased, Baltimore Corps uses its expertise to assist City agencies by conducting targeted outreach with a focus on racial equity. This grant will support staff costs associated with core programmatic efforts to recruit, deploy and retain talent in Baltimore City.
Baltimore Corps supports Baltimore City’s social innovation sector by recruiting and deploying mission-driven young professionals to Baltimore City’s public agencies and social sector organizations. Kiva-Baltimore will target Black-owned small-business and micro-enterprise operating in Baltimore City and struggling to survive the economic collapse due to COVID-19. Grant funds will be used to support staff costs to meet expansion needs and increased demand from small and micro-business for ongoing advice and consultation through the Kiva-Baltimore platform.
Baltimore Development Corporation
For Baltimore to both attract Opportunity Zone and other investments and ensure such investments benefit community residents and businesses, the Opportunity Zone and Impact Investment Coordinator provides a valuable resource and competitive advantage to connect investors with projects and to connect projects to critical financing. Baltimore has been nationally recognized as one of the first cities to have a designated point person for the Opportunity Zone program. The grant covers the third year of the Coordinator's salary.
Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition, Fiscally Sponsored by Digital Harbor Foundation
The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC) was formed in March 2020 to help provide digital access for those without in Baltimore in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns and closures. To date, this volunteer-led effort has focused its efforts in four areas: (1) access to devices; (2) greater Internet connectivity; (3) digital skills training and support; and (4) advocacy. While volunteers continue to be engaged and committed to the Coalition’s goals and priorities, the Coalition’s work demands are steadily growing and requires dedicated staff time. Grant funds will be used to support costs associated with the hiring of a full time staff position to expand the capacity and elevate the work of the coalition.
Baltimore Office of Sustainability, Fiscally Sponsored by Civic Works, Inc.
The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative within the Baltimore Office of Sustainability will provide $65,000 in mini-grants to grassroots community organizations who are working hard and quickly to fill gaps in Baltimore’s larger emergency food-distribution system as the COVID-19 crisis escalates. Funds will be used for food, protective equipment for volunteers and nonprofit employees, transportation and fuel costs to supply food to those who are homebound, elderly, immuno-compromised, and living in poverty, most of whom are unable to access distribution centers, have lost their local pantry program due to COVID closure, or may have a gap without food while, for example, waiting for their Meals on Wheels registration to be processed or for SNAP benefits to be approved.
Baltimore's Promise, Fiscally Sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence
In support of the COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore, individual grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Asylee Women's Enterprise
Baltimore Job Hunter's Support Group, Fiscally Sponsored by Corner Community Center
The Broken Wall Community Church
Black Yield Institute, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
Catherine’s Family and Youth Services, Inc.
Church of the Guardian Angel
City of Refuge Baltimore, Inc.
Civic Works, Inc.
Digital Equity Initiative for Baltimore, Fiscally Sponsored by Digital Harbor Foundation
Elev8 Baltimore, Fiscally Sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence
Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Fishes and Loaves Pantry
Immigration Outreach Center
Impact Hub, Fiscally Sponsored by Maryland Philanthropy Network
Intercultural Counseling Connections, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
Italian Cultural Center
Patterson Park Public Charter School
Southeast Community Development Corporation
UEmpower of Maryland
Women's Housing Coalition
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
Banner Neighborhoods provides low-income senior and disabled homeowners with home repairs and handicap modifications. Relieving homeowners of the cost and difficulty of completing home repairs and maintenance enables them to age in place and retain their community ties and social networks. The exterior house improvements, and in some cases tree and vine removal in yards, are critical to keeping senior’s home compliant with code, avoiding environmental citations and municipal fines that unpaid can lead to tax sale and loss of a home.