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Past Grants

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

Health & Human Services

Food & Water Watch

$40,000
Washington, DC

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. 

Franciscan Center, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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.  When the pandemic arrived in March 2020, the center significantly increased its meal production to meet the needs of the many Baltimore residents who had lost their jobs and needed assistance, shifted to an outdoor meal service, and partnered with over two dozen organizations to deliver food to people in need throughout the City. During 2020, the center served approximately 350,000 meals, nearly three times the previous annual average.  The center also increased its focus on conducting outreach to the city’s homeless population, and hired a community navigator to assist individuals living in homeless encampments to access housing.   This grant provides general support for the Franciscan Center's operations.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

The Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. (GEDCO) operates the CARES food pantry and drop-in center in the Govans neighborhood in North-Central Baltimore City.  CARES provides food, emergency financial assistance and employment counseling to more than 4,000 individuals each year.  Among other resources, CARES provides eviction prevention funds to approximately 200 households per year, although the demand for eviction prevention assistance far exceeds the resources that CARES has available.  To better address this need, CARES developed a new project to assist individuals who are threatened with eviction to access federally-funded Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds. This grant supports a part-time CARES staff person who assists clients to complete ERAP applications and monitors those applications to ensure clients are able to obtain the funds needed to avoid eviction.  The grant also provides eviction prevention funds for households that do not qualify to receive ERAP assistance.

Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

$110,379
Baltimore, MD

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) provides free legal services to people experiencing homelessness throughout Maryland, and advocates for long-term solutions to homelessness.  This grant supports HPRP's Homeless Youth Initiative, which provides direct representation to unaccompanied homeless youth on a range of legal needs, engages in state and local coalitions to address the needs of homeless youth, and advocates for policy solutions to youth homelessness in Maryland.  

Intercultural Counseling Connection / Fusion Partnerships

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

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 Couseling Connection serves about 100 clients a year in individual and group therapy.  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.     

Leveling the Playing Field, Inc.

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

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 collected more than $850,000 worth of donated equipment from more than 120 different organizations and people.  It was able to distribute about $475,000 worth of equipment to Baltimore-area partner organizations during COVID 19, as well as 2,100 Sports Kits to City youth through City Schools' meal sites. This grant supports Leveling the Playing Field's general operating costs. 

Maryland Dental Action Coalition, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) is a statewide dental access advocacy group.  Over the past several years, MDAC has been steadily building the case for expanding access to comprehensive adult dental coverage for all Medicaid recipients.  This grant supports MDAC's efforts to pass such legislation in the upcoming 2022 session.

Maryland Family Network

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

"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

$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.   

Maryland Hunger Solutions

$60,000
Washington, DC

More than ten percent of Marylanders struggle with food insecurity, defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life, and national data reveal stark racial disparities in rates of food insecurity.  Maryland Hunger Solutions (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 food insecurity and improve nutrition.  This grant supports MHS's Baltimore City SNAP outreach and enrollment campaign, which works to connect vulnerable populations with federally-funded SNAP (food stamp) benefits, a key strategy in reducing food insecurity in Maryland.          

Moveable Feast, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$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.  

Soccer Without Borders Baltimore

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Soccer Without Borders provides year-round soccer and academic support programs for refugee, asylum-seekers, and immigrant youth. This grant is for Soccer Without Borders capital campaign to purchase its own building in Highlandtown.  This building will serve as the headquarters for Soccer Without Borders National as well as its Baltimore chapter. 

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Launched in 2014, St. Vincent de Paul's Front Door program provides short-term rent subsidies coupled with housing search assistance, intensive case management, and employment support to homeless families and single adults in Baltimore.  The program serves 160 households per year and has had significant success supporting people to move from homelessness to stable housing.  Of those who exited the program in FY2020, 97% remained in permanent housing six months later, and none had re-entered the shelter system a year after exiting the program.  In addition, 69% of those who exited the program in 2020 were employed at the time of exit, and received support from navigators who assist clients to find and sustain employment.  St. Vincent de Paul tailors services to the needs of each household to ensure that clients achieve stability and are able to remain housed.  While the housing costs are covered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Abell funds are used to pay for furniture, moving expenses, and miscellaneous expenses related to removing employment barriers.  

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Established in 1977, St. Vincent de Paul's Beans & Bread Center provides low-barrier, client-centered services for people experiencing chronic homelessness and other vulnerable individuals in Baltimore City. Beans & Bread serves two meals per day, six days a week, and offers case management, as well as connections to housing, health care, and employment services. In addition, Beans & Bread provides showers, laundry, and access to phones and mail services for people experiencing homelessness. This grant supports the Beans & Bread Center's general operations.      

The Samaritan Community

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

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 general operations.

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.    

University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

Since 2009, Promise Heights has anchored one of B’more for Healthy Babies’ (BHB) place-based initiatives to improve birth outcomes and family well-being in West Baltimore.  Promise Heights has long supported parents after the birth of their children, including providing breastfeeding support, family planning, research-based parenting classes and early literacy opportunities. 

This grant supports the Teen Parenting Success Program (TiPS), which bring this continuum of services to pregnant and parenting teens at Renaissance Academy and Frederick Douglass High School.  The two Community Hub Leaders in this program will ensure all pregnant and parenting teens are connected to Health Care Access Maryland as well as provide individual case management to set and achieve individual goals for health and wellness, education/vocation, as well as family planning.  The Community Hub Leaders  will also hold group programming in the high schools to build social support among young parents and their families. 

Community Development

Adopt A Block, Inc.

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

$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.

Baltimore City Mayor's Office, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Civic Fund

$63,000
Baltimore, MD

In the 2020 Abell Report “Baltimore’s Digital Divide,” researcher and author John Horrigan’s analysis of the 2018 American Community Survey revealed that 96,000 households in Baltimore City (or 40.7%) do not have wireline internet service, such as cable, fiber, or digital subscriber line service. Recognizing that cost is a barrier to access, in December 2020, the U.S. Congress appropriated $3.2 billion of emergency coronavirus relief toward a new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) for low income households to receive up to $50 toward monthly internet service and $100 toward a computing device. To maximize program participation in Baltimore City, the Mayor's Office will offer small grants to a number of community organizations to promote the new benefit and assist low income households qualify and receive benefits.

Baltimore Civic Fund

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

Baltimore Community ToolBank

$17,500
Baltimore, MD

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 COVID social distancing guidelines, large scale volunteer deployment projects have been postponed or limited in size. 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 staffing and the purchase of tools in response to member demand.  

Baltimore Corps

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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 local Kiva Baltimore operating partner, Baltimore Corps works with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and micro-businesses, with an intentional focus on supporting Black-owned businesses. Baltimore Corps’ Kiva Baltimore program staff assist businesses at every step of the process to apply, fundraise, and repay loans through the technology lending platform.  Kiva-Baltimore supports Black-owned small-businesses and micro-enterprises operating in Baltimore City through COVID pandemic-related challenges and beyond. Grant funds will be used to support staff costs to meet expansion needs and increased demand from small and micro-business ongoing advice and consultation and provide 25 microloans through the Kiva-Baltimore platform.

Baltimore Tree Trust

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Tree Trust's Community Forester Corps program offers virtual, classroom, and hand-on training in tree planting and maintenance, urban forestry, and tree mapping and data management. The program creates viable pathways to employment opportunities for people who have been marginalized by lack of education, discrimination, and unavailability of jobs matching their skill sets. By planting and maintaining trees, trainees contribute to Baltimore City's goal of increasing tree coverage from 26% to 40% by 2037. Expanding the urban tree canopy improves the health of residents and livability of neighborhoods, promotes environmental stewardship, addresses adverse climate change and extreme heat, and advances equity. 

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.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

$60,000
Takoma Park, MD

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.

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

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.

Civic Works, Inc.

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

Civic Works' Eviction Prevention Outreach program responds to the emerging need of Baltimore’s renters who are facing eviction after COVID-19 pandemic moratorium protections expire and are eligible for eviction prevention funding made available through federal stimulus dollars. Civic Works will deploy AmeriCorp workers for direct outreach to the highest risk households who are scheduled for court-ordered evictions. Civic Works is also currently partnering with the Baltimore City Health Department’s COVAX initiative to provide outreach to under-vaccinated populations. Because there is considerable overlap between communities experiencing low rates of vaccination and communities with residents at risk of eviction, the Eviction Prevention Outreach Initiative will work in coordination with the COVAX outreach activities within targeted zip codes. Trained Civic Works staff workers will assist renters to complete applications for eviction prevention funding to pay past-due rent and prevent evictions. 

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.

Emerging Technology Center

$270,000
Baltimore, MD

In 2022, the Emerging Technology Center will select up to five companies to participate in the tenth cohort of Accelerate Baltimore. The technology and innovation incubation program includes 13 weeks of hands-on instruction and workshops, access to mentors, and connections to potential partners and investors, helping entrepreneurs overcome technical issues, navigate changing markets, and address financial challenges to boost commercialization of new products and services. The grant supports administrative costs and initial seed funding of $50,000 to each team judged to have the greatest potential for growth.

Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Farm Alliance of Baltimore will continue to offer a Double Dollars program to incentivize households receiving federal food benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables at local farm stands, community centers, the Civic Works’ mobile market, and the Waverly Farmers' Market stall. The target population for this project is low income adults and children, especially those who live in Healthy Food Priority Areas who lack nearby access to healthy nutritious food and remain at a significant disadvantage as they have unequal access to a host of other resources. 

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Inc.

$30,000
Roxbury, MA

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.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

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

$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.

Latino Economic Development Center

$50,000
Washington, DC

Latino Economic Development Center offers access to business resources and loan capital to meet the needs of underserved communities and communities of color in Baltimore to start and grow businesses, create jobs, and build wealth. Their small business coaches provide one-on-one technical assistance and workshops/courses related to business planning, financial management, incorporation, licensing and permitting, accounting, marketing and technology integration. Lending staff are trained to provide micro-loans ranging from $500 to $50,000 and larger loans up to $250,000.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC) provides research on economic rights and consumer protection issues; educates policymakers and the public about economic rights issues, and provides consumer awareness and education campaigns to individuals and organizations. MCRC serves low-income homeowners and renters through the Low Income Forgotten Tax (LIFT) program that helps them access the Homeowners and Renters Tax Credit programs and other public benefits. This grant will support staff and outreach expenses for the LIFT program.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service provides legal assistance, dispute resolution, and connection to services, benefits, and tax credits for low income homeowners facing unaffordable water bills and municipal taxes. Left unpaid, these municipal liens could result in the loss of the home to tax sale foreclosure. Outreach and advocacy on water bill and property tax affordability are ideally approached jointly because for so many residents these two issues are linked. MVLS will conduct outreach to the more than 900 homeowners who were removed from 2021 tax sale due to COVID-19 forbearance by Mayor Scott. And MVLS will leverage community relationships to enroll homeowners and tenants with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty line in the Water for All Program (Water Accountability & Equity Act).

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

MVLS’s Housing Legacy Program engages families and communities across the city to raise awareness about the importance of estate planning and provide legal assistance to families living in homes where the deed has not been properly transferred from one generation to the next. MVLS volunteer attorneys are prepared to assist families with these legal documents. Their efforts to facilitate asset transfer are particularly important to communities of color that have been historically excluded from the prospect of intergenerational wealth-building through homeownership. This grant will support staff and outreach expenses and support for a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of these legal interventions in decreasing housing distress indicators and keeping families in their homes.

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. 

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

In 2017, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) opened a vocational training center at 301 S. Center Avenue in Baltimore, providing occupational skills training in automotive repair, Commercial Driver's License Class B, HVAC (healthing, ventilation, and air conditioning), culinary arts, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) piloting. Abell funding will support NCIA  in training 267 SNAP-eligible Baltimore residents, with 200 earning industry-recognized credentials and being placed into jobs with an average starting hourly wage of $17. 

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.

Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners

$50,000
New York, NY

Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners is a financial empowerment and coaching provider that serves low-income workers. Its in-house team of financial coaches specializes in the challenges facing workers today: volatile income, tight cash flow, lack of emergency savings, and burdensome debt. They help clients prioritize savings, take control of their debt, and create a road map to achieving their financial goals. This grant will support staff expenses to assist up to 200 Baltimore individuals affiliated with five Baltimore-based partner organizations.

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.

Parity Baltimore, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Parity is an equitable development nonprofit organizaton launching in Harlem Park, one of Baltimore’s many culturally and historically rich African American neighborhoods. Parity intends to acquire vacant houses and renovate them for sale to new homeowners.Parity has cultivated a cohort of pre-committed and pre-qualified homebuyers. Grant funds will be used for four homebuyer purchase incentives of $10,000 each to support redevelopment and reduce the cost of each house purchase.

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.

Parks & People Foundation

$10,000
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.

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