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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2021.

Education

Building STEPS, Inc.

$60,000
Brooklandville, MD

Building STEPS partners with non-academic-criteria Baltimore City high schools and provides college going support including STEM seminars, summer internship experiences, college workshops, tutoring support, and college counseling.  Students are identified by their school counselor and are admitted through an application process.  Participating students must meet the 3.0 GPA threshold and have strong school attendance.  This grant from the Abell Foundation will enable expansion into the tenth grade in order to provide an additional year of programming to improve foundational math skills, boost SAT scores/college math readiness, and expand college persistence programming.

Higher Achievement Baltimore

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

The Higher Achievement model provides multi-year, out-of-school programming in the areas of academics enrichment, family engagement, and high school placement support for middle school students in fifth through eighth grades.  Each child participating in the program receives around 400 hours of programming.  Program outcomes from 2019-2020, yielded 69% of students increasing one letter grade in math or maintaining As and Bs through the second quarter.  Through the support of the Abell Foundation grant, Higher Achievement is currently engaging in an expansion plan that seeks to double their footprint by expanding to two additional schools by the Fall of 2022.

Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) through its Mindful Moments program provides schools the opportunity to address climate and culture through a multi-tiered approach.  The program is currently active in 23 schools and serves 3700 students throughout Baltimore.  All students attending HLF schools receive the tier one supports by participating in the daily meditations and engaging in the classroom push in services provided by the mindfulness coaches.  The most intensive, tier three students are able to self-refer or be directed by a teacher to report to the Mindful Moments room where they have time and space to decompress, cool down, talk to a caring adult, and ultimately return to the classroom better prepared to learn.  The mindfulness practice, forwarded by the Holistic Life team equips students with much needed coping, relaxation, and centering techniques that can be employed universally, both inside and outside of the school setting.   

Patterson Park Public Charter School Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Patterson Park Public Charter School is seeking to open a second campus within the Bayview area of Southeast Baltimore on the grounds of the Our Lady of Fatima complex.  When at full capacity, Clay Hill Public Charter School (CHPCS) will serve 540 students and their families in Baltimore City.  Key activities for phase one of the project include roof repair, window repair, an electrical upgrade, kitchen equipment installation, classroom and corridor improvements, bathrooms and health suite upgrades to become ADA compliant, as well as internet and technology installation.  This grant will help with construction costs in preparation for opening of the new charter school in fall of 2021.   

Teach For America-Baltimore

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Teach For America’s organizational mission is to find, develop, and support equity-oriented leaders, to transform education and expand opportunity for children, starting in the classroom.  Teach For America Baltimore utilizes a strategy of recruiting a diverse group of leaders from across the nation to commit at least two years of teaching to high needs classrooms.  For the 2020-2021 school year, Teach For America seeks to strategically recruit and place 83-92 diverse corps members in difficult to staff teaching positions in low-income schools, alongside providing ongoing support to nearly 1300 alumni leaders working in various roles including principals, non-profit leaders, or other positions with the capacity to impact education throughout the city.  

Workforce Development

BUILD

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Turnaround Tuesdays is a BUILD jobs initiative in which residents meet at Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday mornings from 9 am to 11 am to receive help in finding employment.  During the pandemic, Turnaround Tuesday has been holding weekly online orientation sessions on Monday, and transitioned its 30-hour essential skills training to a four-day, 16-hour online session. Last year, Turnaround Tuesday placed 202 people into jobs, most of which are defined by Turnaround Tuesday as being quality jobs, or those that pay over $16 per hour and offer medical and vacation benefits as well as a career pathway.  In 2021, Turnaround Tuesday expects that 100 of its 225 placements will be in quality jobs.  

Center for Urban Families, Inc.

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

The Center for Urban Families (CFUF) works to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic succes.  STRIVE Baltimore, the cornerstone of CFUF's programming, is a strict, demanding, three-week workshop that focuses on workplace behavior, appearance, and attitude.  Upon completion of training, STRIVE graduates are placed in jobs, and are followed by STRIVE staff for two years.  Last year, CFUF placed 37 STRIVE graduates and 159 other participants into jobs, earning an average wage of $14.12 per hour. 

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) Baltimore trains unemployed and/or underemployed Baltimore City residents in welding and computer numerical control (CNC) at the Regional Skills Training Center on Park Heights Avenue in West Baltimore.  With funding from the Abell Foundation, students receive hands-on training and earn industry-recognized credentials in a work-like environment.  Beyond technical skills training, JARC Baltimore provides employment readiness and financial support services to trainees during and after training.  Graduates are placed into jobs earning an average starting wage of $16 per hour.  

Health & Human Services

Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) provides comprehensive services for children who have expereienced the trauma of sexual abuse, and their family members.  This grant will support construction of a new Center for Hope, located next to the Pimlico race course in Northwest Baltimore, that will house BCAC and several other violence prevention and intervention programs affiliated with the LifeBridge Health System.    

Baltimore Under Ground Science Space

$137,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS) is a nonprofit, community laboratory that brings together people from diverse backgrounds and approaches with the goal of advancing novel scientific, artistic and technological developments.  This grant supports BUGSS' partnership with the Open Insulin Foundation (OIF) in support of OIF's mission to produce safe, affordable, high quality insulin for people living with diabetes. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment and to support the salary of an OIF researcher who is conducting research focused on the production and purification of biosimilar insulin. This research will provide essential data that OIF will need to pursue approval of its biosimilar insulin from the Food and Drug Administration. If OIF secures FDA approval of its insulin, it will partner with a Good Manufacturing Practice-compliant laboratory in Baltimore City to produce affordable insulin on a large scale for insulin-dependent people with diabetes.  

Black Girls Cook, Fiscally Sponsored by Bmore Empowered, Inc.

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

Black Girls Cook aims to teach girls of color, how to grow, buy, and prepare healthy and affordable food.  In addition to offering cooking and edible gardening programs, Black Girls Cook guest instructors are role models of different career possibilities in the food and hospitality industry.  This grant is for general operating support.  

Johns Hopkins University

$250,000
Baltimore, MD

Vision for Baltimore is an innovative, citywide partnership designed to improve vision screening and follow up care for Baltimore City public school students.  The program provides expanded school-based vision screenings, eye exams and glasses, simplifying the process of obtaining vision care and increasing the likelihood that students who need glasses will get them. Partners in Vision for Baltimore include the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public School System, Johns Hopkins University, and Vision to Learn, a national nonprofit organization that operates mobile school vision treatment programs throughout the country.  This grant supports Vision for Baltimore's operations.     

Maryland Food Bank

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

The Maryland Food Bank (MFB) School Food Pantry Program operates food pantries in schools that serve large populations of families living in poverty. MFB has operated the program since 2005, providing easy access to supplemental food for families facing food insecurity.  During the current school year, when most schools are closed, MFB has shifted to a "grab and go" food distribution model, where families can pick up bags of food at participating schools on a monthly basis.  The program has also greatly increased the amount of food provided to families during the pandemic, distributing more than twice as much food during the first two quarters of FY 2021 compared to the same period in FY 2020.  This grant supports MFB's Baltimore City School Food Pantry Program.   

Soccer Without Borders Baltimore

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

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 supports the high school program, which serves up to 90 youth in Baltimore City.  

TurnAround, Inc.

$41,506
Towson, MD

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 legal services program, which partners with Maryland Legal Aid and other legal service providers to provide legal advice and representation to TurnAround clients. Survivors of sexual assualt and domestic violence often have complex legal needs, and timely access to legal services, coupled with TurnAround's case management support, increases the likelihood that survivors will obtain needed legal relief.    

Community Development

Baltimore Brew, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

$110,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Brew provides in-depth reporting on public policy, government accountability and behind the scenes political coverage. Founded in 2009, the online publication has 70-80,000 unique readers each month.  The award winning website holds a critical space in the independent local media environment. This grant will support staffing, technology upgrades, and related expenses.

Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

Banner Neighborhoods leads the Southeast Youth Collaborative (SEYC), a consortium of seven non-profit organizations that provide summer work and learning experiences for young people in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) YouthWorks Program. The goal of SEYC is to engage youth living in low-income neighborhoods of east and southeast Baltimore City in meaningful 5-week learn and earn activities for 140 youth ages 14-21 during the summer of 2021. 

Betamore

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Betamore provides mentorship, skills based education and training, and flexible term office space. It provides its members with direct access to a knowledge pipeline of leaders and businesses that provide real world solutions to their growing business issues. The Betamore Academy will provide participants with direct access to the education, training, and robust network of employers needed to launch into a new career as entry-level software developers. This grant will support costs associated with the launch of this new Betamore Academy offering.

Civil Justice, Inc.

$46,350
Baltimore, MD

Civil Justice expands legal services to clients of low and moderate income while promoting a network of solo, small and community-based lawyers who share a common commitment to increasing access to justice. It is a common practice that, after evicting tenants who fall behind on rent, landlords will later sue those same tenants for prospective rent and alleged damages, as well as unlwafully withhold security deposits. These suits result in millions of dollars in judgments against tenants each year in Baltimore City and further destabilize tenant households. With Abell funding, Civil Justice will iaddress aggressive landlord debt collection suits against tenants, serving 50 households and preventing judgments totaling $100,000 either through in-house counsel or through their referral network.

Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

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 and address critical healthcare challenges.

National Aquarium, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The National Aquarium's mission is to build public awareness of the importance of clean water and the threats facing oceans and waterways. The Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top three aquariums, housing 20,000 fishes and animals in award-winning habitats. As Maryland’s largest paid tourist attraction, the Aquarium is an economic driver for Baltimore City and state. After 40 years on Baltimore's Harbor waterfront, the Aquarium is undertaking an $8 million project to replace the glass in the iconic Rain Forest pyramid roof. 

Neighborhood Design Center

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Build Together is a new Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) initiative to partner with community groups in three neighborhoods - Johnston Square, Broadway East and Midway in East Baltimore - to scope and implement small-scale design interventions such as signage and wayfinding, seating, streetscaping, sculpture and other open space enhancements. With priority given to designers who have been historically underrepresented in the design field, NDC will commission three emerging community designers, selected through an open call, to collaborate with the neighborhood groups to develop and fabricate functional design pieces. 

Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore (NHS) serves over 800 households annually through its homeownership counseling and financial coaching programs. In 2020, over 450 clients became homeowners. NHS deploys down payment assistance awards, raises additional capital toward an ongoing revolving DPA fund, increases access to affordable homeownership for borrowers that face challenges accessing traditional affordable mortgage products, and attracts new home buyers to Baltimore City. This grant will support staff positions associated with deployment of those funds, housing counseling, and financial coaching, and targeted community outreach.

New Life Food Pantry, Inc.

$9,000
Baltimore, MD

For the past 25 years, New Life Food Pantry has been offering food and meals at no cost to community members in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic community food insecurity, particularly among the population served by Turning Point, the adjacent substance abuse treatment center, has grown exponentially. The Abell grant will help New Life purchase a commercial-size refrigeration unit to enable them to accept a larger volume of perishable food donations and provide more food to community members.

Parks & People Foundation

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Parks & People Foundation offers a paid youth internship and environmental education after school and 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. During COVID-19 in person restrictions the program will be offered virtually.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

$74,000
Baltimore, MD

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 will support staff and project expenses associated with the Tax Sale Prevention Project.

ReBuild Metro

$75,000
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. Abell grant funding will be used to complement city and private funds toward implementation of the Vision Plan for Johnston Square.

The No Boundaries Coalition

$66,400
Baltimore, MD

No Boundaries Coalition addresses food insecurity, increases availability of fresh produce, and helps limit the transmission of COVID through home delivery in Sandtown and surrounding Central West Baltimore neighborhoods. Grant funding will support operations of their fresh produce stall at Avenue Market, expansion of a buying club for home delivery of food and essential supplies, a salad garden distribution program for residents to grow their own fresh greens at home, and promotion of SNAP benefits.

Criminal Justice & Addiction

Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC) is the largest harm reduction organization in the State of Maryland.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support its work to bring Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) to Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. 

No Struggle No Success, Inc.

$65,000
Baltimore, MD

No Struggle No Success is a newly established reentry program in Baltimore City serving adults and youth between 14-18 years of age.  These individuals must have served time in prison facilities, detention centers and/or committed into a juvenile facility in the State of Maryland.  NSNS will provide comprehensive case management and access to services such as assistance in obtaining state ID and social security cards, birth certificates, benefits, transportation, housing, employment, and referrals to behavioral health programs.

Office of the Mayor

$79,032
Baltimore, MD

Funding from the Abell Foundation will support the salary of a Warrant Service Analyst who will assist with evaluating and reconfiguring Baltimore City's warrant service to focus on violent and repeat offenders.  By prioritizing warrants, the Police Department and the Sheriff's Department increase the likelihood that law enforcement will catch violent and repeat offenders and will help both agencies more effectively deploy limited resources.

Office of the Mayor

$8,468
Baltimore, MD

Funding from the Abell Foundation will support the salary of a Warrant Service Analyst who will assist with evaluating and reconfiguring Baltimore City's warrant service to focus on violent and repeat offenders.  By prioritizing warrants, the Police Department and the Sheriff's Department increase the likelihood that law enforcement will catch violent and repeat offenders and will help both agencies more effectively deploy limited resources.