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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2021.
The Baltimore Corps Mayoral Fellowship Program provides fifteen undergraduate seniors and graduate students a ten-week, full time, internship in high priority City Hall offices/agencies, working on Executive-level projects under key directors. In addition to their work assignments, participants attend weekly luncheons with pertinent speakers, do community service projects, and enjoy planned social events around the City. The ultimate goal of the Mayoral Fellowship is to encourage talented individuals, with an interest in public service to seek permanent positions within City government.
Baltimore's Promise, Fiscally Sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence
The Grads2Careers initiative seeks to establish a pathway for City Schools graduates who are not enrolled in four-year colleges or universities into well paying, high-demand, and high-growth occupations in the city and region. Phase I saw the 18-21 year old population served by Grads2Careers meeting the targets of 70% enrollment, 70% completion, and 70% or more participants being placed in job or enrolling in college. On a systems level, the initiative seeks to build capacity at the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, City Schools, and with occupational skills-training providers as these various entities work together to better serve the 18-21 year old population seeking to enter the workforce directly after high school.
Building STEPS, Inc.
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.
Fund for Educational Excellence
The Fund for Educational Excellence is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that supports public education through its fundraising and collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools, convening of education stakeholders, and serving as a fiscal sponsor to non-profit organizations. The Fund acts as an independent ambassador, drawing upon its understanding of education needs in Baltimore City, as well as strong relationships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, to ensure the best possible education for our city’s public school students. The organization provides stewardship for over $20 million in private philanthropic support for programming targeted towards Baltimore City students.
Higher Achievement Baltimore
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.
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.
Libraries Without Borders
Libraries Without Borders has partnered with Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church and three local Baltimore City Schools to develop a permanent learning space that builds on the church’s existing role as a community anchor institution. This learning space provides after school and enrichment opportunities, summer programming, and other community services like food distribution and access to digital resources. The Stillmeadow Learning Center will also provide adult learning opportunities through a multitude of community partnerships.
Patterson Park Public Charter School Inc.
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
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.
The Community School
The Community School is a state-certified, non-public school that provides individualized academics and mentoring for high school students who require an alternative educational route. The Community School educates up to twenty-two students a year, providing significant mentoring in a small environment to help their students achieve success personally and academically. In addition to a rigorous, yet individualized, college preparatory curriculum, The Community School offers mentoring around personal habits, skills, and responsibility.
University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation
The Positive Schools Center (PSC) in an initiative housed within the University of Maryland School of Social Work that partners with school leaders and school staffs to build restorative and supportive schools. The Positive School Center collaborates with school leaders to ensure trauma-responsive educational approaches and restorative practices are integrated into every area of the school by providing training, staff and leadership coaching, direct community supports, and technical assistance.
Art with a Heart
Each year, Art with a Heart teachers and assistants provide engaging, educational, and interactive visual arts classes to vulnerable Baltimore children, youth, and adults. Funding from the Abell Foundaiton will support HeARTworks, a workforce development program that uses art as a vehicle to teach job skills; HeARTwares, Art with a Heart's social enterprise/retail store that sells HeARTworks participants’ artwork; and arts integration, Art with a Heart's engaging visual arts programs that supplement academic curricula in Baltimore elementary/middle schools.
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System Foundation
Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Bon Secours Baltimore Community Works' Returning Citizens program, which is designed to help 100 returning citizens break the cycle of incarceration. All program participants will receive behavioral health assessments and financial education; 70% are expected to complete TYRO, an intensive, five-week life skills course; and 65% will be placed into jobs, occupational skills training or higher education programs.
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.
CASA de Maryland, Inc.
The Baltimore Welcome Center provides employment placement services for day laborers and low-income workers who begin to assemble early in the morning in the hope of being selected for jobs in construction, landscaping, home improvement, sanitation, and other day-to-day, physical labor-intensive jobs. In the coming year, CASA plans to place workers in 1,700 daily jobs, 40 temporary/seasonal jobs, and 35 permanent jobs; to provide 50 people with legal consultation on immigration, employment, or housing matters; to provide 500 people with basic financial education/counseling, and 300 low-income households with free tax preparation services; and to educate 200 eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) about the naturalization process.
Center for Urban Families, Inc.
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.
Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) are the front line staff who work closely with individuals diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability. To respond to the critical need for trained workers, Humanim, with support from the Abell Foundaiton, will recruit and train 130 DSPs to meet and exceed all DSP required state trainings/certifications. Abell funding will also support Humanim and Obran, a worker cooperative conglomerate corporation, to help 30 DSPs to launch a worker-owned alternative staffing company. Obran will recruit the employee-owners, and work with them to establish and organization structure. The employee-owners of the newly formed worker cooperative will deliver quality services to employer partners and share in the company's prosperity.
Jane Addams Resource Corporation
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.
Maryland New Directions
Maryland New Directions, Inc., (MND) is a private, nonprofit, career counseling and job placement agency that provides one-on-one job coaching for immediate job placement as well as occupational skills training for careers in the transportation and logistics industry. Funding from Abell will support MND in assisting more than 200 job seekers in Baltimore.
Health & Human Services
AZIZA PE&CE, Fiscally Sponsored by Elijah's Blessing Community Service Center, Inc.
AZIZA PE&CE is a community-based, youth development program for students 15-24 years old. AZIZA PE&CE uses art, music, fashion, and fitness to guide students through a process of social-emotional growth. It serves female students who demonstrate behavioral issues at school, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LCBTQ) youth. This grant provides general operating support.
Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Inc.
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 Regional Housing Partnership
Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP) was created in 2012 as a result of the settlement of the landmark civil rights lawsuit, Thompson v. HUD, which sought to remedy decades of discriminatory public housing policies that left thousands of low-income African American families perpetually locked in high poverty neighborhoods in Baltimore City. BRHP administers the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program, which couples Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly known as "Section 8") with pre- and post-move counseling to support families who want to move from areas of deeply concentrated poverty to areas of opportunity throughout the Baltimore region. To date, BRHP has assisted over 5,000 families to move to low poverty communities with high performing schools, low levels of crime, and healthy environments, among other benefits.
Despite the significant benefits for families who have made these moves, BRHP data shows that many of the families served have stagnant incomes. To address this concern, BRHP has designed a new program called Growing Assets and Income (GAIN). The GAIN program is modeled on the successful, federally funded Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program administered by a number of public housing authorities, which provides financial incentives to participants who achieveme employment, education and other goals. Evaluations of FSS programs have found that participants had significant increases in incomes, as well as improved credit scores and reduced debt. The GAIN program builds on lessons learned from housing authorities that have implemented FSS programs.
GAIN will provide participants with counseling, resource connections, and financial incentives tied to achievement of client-created goals, all designed to support clients in achieving financial stability and self-sufficiency. This grant supports a two-year pilot of the GAIN program that will serve 250 clients.
Baltimore Under Ground Science Space
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.
Baltimore Urban Debate League
The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL) has brought debate into Baltimore’s public school classrooms over the last two decades, improving academic skills, increasing student voice and engagement, and fostering social-emotional growth. This grant supports BUDL's elementary and middle school program, with the aim of rebounding to its pre-COVID-19 reach in schools and students served.
Black Girls Cook, Fiscally Sponsored by Bmore Empowered, Inc.
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.
Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) is a broad-based coalition of faith institutions, schools and neighborhood associations that collaborate to make Baltimore a better place to live, work and raise a family. This grant supports BUILD's COVID-19 Emergency Food Program. Launched in April 2020, the program provides weekly deliveries of food to 1,250 families in East Baltimore who have been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. BUILD is working with four East Baltimore churches, and housing developer ReBuild Metro, to identify families in need of food assistance and deliver weekly boxes of produce and nonperishable foods. In addition to providing food for families struggling with food insecurity, the program provides part-time employment for the drivers who deliver the food, most of whom are residents of the communities served and in many cases receive food assistance themselves.
Catherine's Family and Youth Services
Catherine's Family and Youth Services (CFYS) serves families, youth, and seniors in Park Heights and other communities in Northwest Baltimore. CFYS provides a range of services, including a free after school and summer program for neighborhood youth, a food pantry, school supply drives, clothing distribution events, and referrals to other agencies for additional services. This grant supports CFYS's emergency food distribution program, which provides prepared meals for 500 - 1,000 people each week through a partnership with World Central Kitchen and Breaking Bread restaurant, a Black-owned Baltimore restaurant. In addition, CFYS supplements the prepared meals with donations of meat, produce, bread, nonperishable foods, baby supplies, paper goods and cleaning supplies.
Civil Justice, Inc.
This grant supports a new project of Civil Justice, the Medical Debt Collection Defense Project. Through this program, Civil Justice will provide direct legal representation for approximately 50 Baltimore City residents who are being sued for medical debt. Through these cases, Civil Justice will identify systemic abuses and use impact litigation to stop these abuses.
Episcopal Housing Corporation
This grant will support Episcopal Housing Corporation's renovation of 17 W. Mulberry Court into nine Permanent Supportive Housing units. Permanent Supportive Housing is an evidence-based intervention to end chronic homelesslessness, which has also been shown to decrease health care spending. Once the development is complete, tenants will be referred from the Baltimore City's Coordinated Access List, and Health Care for the Homeless will provide social services to those tenants.
Food & Water Watch
This grant supports Food & Water Watch's efforts to ensure that Baltimore City's Water Accountability and Equity Act is implemented according to the law, and that eligible Baltimore City residents enroll in the "Water for All" program. Under the law, water bills will be capped at 1%-3% of income for those living at 50-200% of the Federal Poverty Limit, including tenants. To incentivize on-time payments and retention in the program, the equivalent amount of each on-time water bill payment is deducted from enrolled residents’ arrears. In addition, the act calls for the creation of the “Office of Water Customers Advocacy and Appeals” within the Department of Public Works (DPW) to provide all residents with a fair and neutral process of resolving water bill issues, which the OIG’s recent report shows are prevalent.
Johns Hopkins University
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 Family Network
"Maryland Child Care Boost" is a pilot program that aims to improve the sustainability of childcare by helping providers maintain full program enrollment; implement sound financial management practices; and achieve economies of scale through participation in a shared services network. It will serve a total of 120 family and center-based child care providers: 40 from Baltimore City, 40 from Montgomery County, and 40 from Prince George’s County. This grant supports the staffing required at the Baltimore City Child Care Resource and Referral Center (BCCCRC) to coordinate the cohorts of Baltimore City childcare providers.
Maryland Food Bank
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.
Moveable Feast, Inc.
Founded in 1989 as a volunteer-led organization providing home-cooked meals for 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 500,000 meals annually to over 1,300 individuals who are medically compromised and have diseases that are impacted by nutrition. In addition, 40% of its clients receive medical nutrition therapy to help them make lasting changes to their diets to support improved health. Beyond direct services, 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.
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 supports the high school program, which serves up to 90 youth in Baltimore City.
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.
Adopt A Block, Inc.
The Adopt A Block Compassion Commission program teaches 300 young people ages 11 to 25 to look beyond their lives and be a positive influence to low-income inner-city children and adults. This is achieved through a weeklong series of activities focused in East Baltimore that provide an experience that fosters leadership, promotes volunteerism, and develops an interest in the welfare of others. Adopt A Block will acquire, renovate, and donate a formerly vacant Baltimore City home to a family led by a resident leader in the community in East Baltimore. This grant will support expenses associated with the renovation of the property.
Baltimore Brew, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
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.
Baltimore Civic Fund
Disparities in digital access limit opportunities for Baltimore individuals and families who are not engaged in the digital economy. Without access to reliable affordable internet service, their ability to access education, unemployment benefits, apply for job opportunities, or health care services is diminished. City’s Director of Broadband and Digital Equity will serve as mayor’s primary representative for coordination with internal and external stakeholders focused on these issues while ensuring approaches expand public access. This grant will support expenses associated with this newly created staff position.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
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 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.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chesapeake Climate Action's “Rebuilding Baltimore’s Workforce” initiative will advocate for a domestic Marshall Plan to create new jobs for unemployed and newly unemployed residents in Baltimore City. The intiiative builds on their track record of success in creating local jobs and job training efforts that address the global crisis of climate change. Massive urban investments to weatherize low-income homes, plant trees, and train workers for the solar and wind power and cleaner transportation jobs is intended to restart the economy and provide living wage jobs.
Civic Works, Inc.
Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore program offers weatherization, home energy efficiency and health & safety improvements to low and moderate income households to improve safety and comfort and reduce utility bills. Utilizing competitive Maryland Energy Administration funding, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development grants and BGE utility rebates, the program expects to complete 350 energy audits, energy efficient weatherization improvements in 70 homes, as well as 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.
Civil Justice, Inc.
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.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Inc.
ICIC will offer its entrepreneurship "Mini MBA" training program, Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC, ) to Baltimore businesses. The 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 low to moderate income areas, companies owned by people of color and by women, and businesses that draw 40 percent of their employment from low to moderate income communities.
Innovation Works, Inc.
Innovation Works is the urban domestic strategic partner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, a leading global accelerator for enterprises. The organization addresses social entrepreneurs’ needs through a five phase pipeline strategy. It recruits and encourages members of disinvested communities to build and own successful social enterprises. These entities will create sustainable neighborhood economies and reduce Baltimore’s neighborhood and racial wealth divide. Innovation Works will expand and support its mentor network, a highly committed and mission-oriented group of Baltimore-based executives and Founders who provide weekly mentoring and pro-bono support. This grant will support staff costs associated with support of entrepreneurs along each stage of the IW pipeline.
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 and address critical healthcare challenges.
National Aquarium, Inc.
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
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.
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.