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
Druid Heights CDC
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
Penn North Community Association
Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts District
Whitelock Community Farm
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.