BCF Grants $1 Million to Support Majority-Black Communities and Black-led Nonprofits in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Oct. 22, 2021 — The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) today announced $1 million in grants to 20 nonprofits providing programs or services that directly support the resiliency of majority-Black communities in targeted neighborhoods of West and Northwest Baltimore. These grants are part of BCF’s West x Northwest Impact Grants program, funded by Facebook.

BCF designed its West x Northwest Impact Grants program to build upon the place-based investments the organization has made in the area between North Avenue and Liberty Heights Avenue since 2019 — specifically focusing on the school communities of Dorothy I. Height Elementary in Reservoir Hill/Penn North, Liberty Elementary in Forest Park, and Calvin Rodwell Elementary/Middle School in Howard Park. Grantees were selected based on their deep connection to and understanding of the unique needs and strengths of these communities.

“We promote the success of Baltimore and its residents by equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need to build on community assets, attract investment and develop social capital,” said Shanaysha Sauls, CEO, Baltimore Community Foundation. “We are proud to put our relationships and expertise to use making sure these funds reach high-impact organizations working tirelessly to build up their communities each and every day.”

The 20 grantees provide programs or services that range from basic human services and education to food security and crisis support. The organizations will receive $50,000 over two years towards operating expenses and will be invited to provide feedback and participate with BCF in developing plans and resources to continue to build the leaders, organizations, and larger ecosystem of Black-led nonprofits working to strengthen Baltimore’s majority-Black neighborhoods. Grantees will also be eligible to participate in training provided by Facebook to build digital marketing and fundraising skills.

“Creative Nomads is humbled to be a recipient of a West x Northwest Impact Grant. As a growing, Black woman led nonprofit, working to build capacity has been challenging. This funding will allow us to have space to breathe while strengthening our operations and growing our team,” said Kayenecha Daugherty, Executive Director of Creative Nomads, a nonprofit connecting emerging artists and Baltimore’s Upton and Penn North communities through high-quality art, cultural and educational programming.

BCF is one of 20 community foundations in the U.S. selected to receive funding from Facebook to manage grantmaking to support majority-Black communities and Black-led nonprofits. This commitment is part of Facebook’s broader $1.1 billion investment in Black and diverse suppliers, creators, and communities in the U.S.

Full list of West x Northwest Grant recipients:

Baltimore Clean Streets

BMore Empowered

City Weeds


Creative Nomads

Druid Heights CDC

Elev8 Baltimore

Faith and Work Enterprises

Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council

Intersection of Change

LIGHT Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services

Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood


No Boundaries Coalition

Omega Baltimore

Penn North Community Association

Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts District

UPC Westside

Urban Oasis

Whitelock Community Farm

About BCF: 

For nearly 50 years, the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) has connected people who are passionate about their city and purposeful in their philanthropy. BCF amplifies donors’ philanthropy with strategic grants, impact investments, special initiatives and advocacy to strengthen schools and neighborhoods. Visit www.bcf.org to discover meaningful giving, invest your funds wisely, and join a diverse community working for a better Baltimore.

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Building Stronger Neighborhoods Regionwide

We have a nearly 30-year history of offering grants to resident-led groups and community projects in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. These grants give residents the resources they need to accomplish a small project, get more people involved, and encourage the next generation of neighborhood leaders. We also fund programs that support the development of leaders of all ages who are working to improve their neighborhoods and schools. Our support is intended to help identify, activate, inform and network leaders. And finally, we believe when schools and neighborhoods team up to improve their school and community, meaningful and lasting change can be made. We are interested in funding proposals in which the students and adults in schools collaborate intentionally with community residents, neighborhood associations, and other individuals, groups, and institutions in the area surrounding a school.

School Leadership

We believe that attracting and retaining effective and diverse school leaders is a key lever for change in Baltimore's educational landscape, and so we fund school leadership development efforts at the district and individual school level. We are interested in funding proposals that focus on principal coaching, mentoring, peer networking, wellness/self-care, as well as pipelines that identify and develop new leaders. We will also continue to support efforts that build a culture of appreciation and encouragement for school leaders.

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Place-based Grantmaking in Selected School Communities

We have allocated funds for two geographical areas that bookend a crucial corridor on the Westside of Baltimore City: Howard Park /Forest Park area (served by Calvin Rodwell Elementary Middle School and Liberty Elementary), and Reservoir Hill/Penn North area (served by Dorothy I Height Elementary). In these three schools and their surrounding neighborhoods, we will support projects and activities designed to make the communities safe, clean, green and vibrant; and improve the quality of the schools. Some projects may be neighborhood-focused, some school-focused and others collaborative projects between the schools and their respective communities.

Early Learning & Judy Centers

High quality early childhood education has a lifelong effect on students. Through our Early Learning grant program, we are interested in system-wide early childhood education proposals that will help Baltimore City and County's youngest learners, and their families, get the start they need. Nonprofit organizations that offer programs and/or services to Judy Centers are encouraged to contact the centers directly to explore partnership opportunities.

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