Grantseeker FAQs

The Baltimore Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofits with 501©(3) status. We will also consider projects working with fiscal sponsors as long as the fiscal sponsor meets financial standards. Please include your fiscal sponsor’s 501©(3) documentation when submitting your application.

The Baltimore Community Foundation does not generally fund the following:

  • Annual fund campaigns
  • Religious or sectarian purposes
  • Capital campaigns
  • Individuals, excluding scholarships
  • Event sponsorships

Deadlines vary depending upon the grant program to which you are applying. Please see our grants page for more detail.

Yes. However, the ability to make multi-year grants is dependent upon funds available and is at the discretion of the board committee with oversight of the grant.

BCF was created to serve the greater Baltimore region. We use our discretionary resources (competitive grants) to fund organizations that are located in or benefit residents of Baltimore City or Baltimore County. Your headquarters may be located elsewhere, but your program must serve the people of this region in order to be eligible for a grant.

If you are located outside our service area, visit the National Community Foundation Locator to find a community foundation serving your area.

All of our grant records are electronic. We ask that you use our online application portal to submit proposals. If special circumstances prevent you from submitting an application online and you would like to mail a copy, please contact a program officer for further instructions.

Once you submit a proposal, we will review it for eligibility. If we need further information, a program officer will call, and may request a site visit. After confirming that your request is a match for one or more grant programs, the program officer will evaluate your proposal, then submit it to a board committee for review and possible approval.

BCF grantmaking committees meet several times each year to review proposals and approve grants. Our committees are comprised of BCF trustees and other volunteers who serve without compensation and for rotating terms. They discuss funding requests and the merits of proposals in a series of confidential meetings at BCF. The review process, from time of application to time of approval, decline or deferral by our board, takes about three months.

Once a grant is awarded, you will receive an email notifying you of the award, along with an electronic grant agreement to be electronically signed. Read the grant agreement carefully to make note of your responsibilities, then sign and return it. Then we will release payment of the grant in accordance with the payment schedule and any special conditions spelled out in the grant agreement. We are happy to arrange an electronic transfer of funds for grant payments.

Please keep us informed about your progress and accomplishments. We may schedule a site visit. This is how we gather the information that we need to provide accountability to our donors and the community, and how we continue building our relationship with you.

Through our service to donors we often provide information on organizations and issues in the Baltimore area that are pertinent to the donors’ interest. However, we are unable to assist you in setting up an informational meeting with or distributing information about your organization to our donors.

Yes. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.

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Laurie Latuda Kinkel

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Laurie Latuda Kinkel

Vice President of Strategy

Billie Malcolm

Program Officer

Maya Smith

Program Administrator

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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.

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Our on-line application system provides applicants with a portal to start a new grant application or to continue updating an application already in process. Please be sure to select the “Save and Finish Later” button when you are finished working on your application in order to save your current session’s work. At any time during the application process you can select the “Contact Us” button in the top right corner of the screen and you will be able to send an email to the Baltimore Community Foundation staff with specific questions. 

To be considered for funding, proposals must be submitted through the online application portal, however, we provide a PDF version of the application along with other useful forms here for your reference:   

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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.

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.

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.