Grants

BCF awarded more than $19 million to the community in 2019. Many of our grants come from donor-advised funds that are not open to requests for funding. However, some donors also give unrestricted gifts to BCF, or gifts restricted for a particular purpose such as education, arts, human services, or neighborhoods. These gifts support BCF’s strategic grantmaking, which promotes the success of Baltimore’s young people by supporting effective public schools and equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need. 

BCF Grants to Strengthen schools
& communities

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Generally speaking, our grantmaking committees meet quarterly so most proposals receive a decision within three months. Proposals must serve the residents of Baltimore City and/or Baltimore County. While we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the nonprofit sector and some modifications are necessary to traditional school and community work, our long-term goals of strengthening schools and neighborhoods remain the same. 

We fund proposals that address the following areas

Building Stronger Neighborhoods Regionwide

Early Learning & Judy Centers

School Leadership

Place-Based Grantmaking in Selected School Communities

Other Grant Opportunities

BCF hosts a number of other funds and grant programs that accept applications for specific purposesincluding funds established to benefit public agencies.    

The Baker-King Foundation was incorporated in 1954 by John T. King, Jr., M.D., a Baltimore physician, and his wife Charlotte Baker King. Generally, the fund has supported non-profits operating in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Particular emphasis is on medical, educational and child welfare organizations. Grants awarded range from $500 to $2,500. To apply, please send a letter and supporting documents with your request via e-mail to 

Areas of interest: Medicine, education, and child welfare.

The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund was established in 1964 by Mary S. Baker in memory of her husband. Awarding grants that range from $1,500 to $50,000 the Baker Fund continues its founders’ civic-minded philanthropic tradition benefiting the residents of the greater Baltimore area.

Areas of interest: Arts and culture.

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Baltimore City has long struggled with many challenges, including outdated or problematic structural issues. BFP seeks organizations who have been historically left out of traditional funding streams and whose organizations are taking on BOLD structural reform campaigns. These campaigns should be radical and visionary in nature, and have the ability to shift power from the people who have it to the communities who need it.

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Areas of interest: Promote self-sufficiency for women and their families.

Eligibility: Organizations (or their fiscal agents) serving the Baltimore area that qualify as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Programs primarily serving serve women and their families living in Baltimore City or Baltimore County.

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Areas of interest: Arts, education, and health (HIV/AIDS and cancer).

Eligibility: Organizations (or their fiscal agents) serving the Baltimore area that qualify as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, serving the Baltimore area that do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, physical handicap, gender or sexual orientation.

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Areas of interest: Funding for camperships that give disadvantaged and disabled metropolitan Baltimore children the benefits of a summer camp experience.

Eligibility: Organizations (or their fiscal agents) serving the Baltimore area that qualify as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, that operate a day or residential summer camp program.

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The Mitzvah Fund for Good Deeds provides mini-grants to nonprofit organizations serving Baltimore City to facilitate their good works in neighborhoods and schools. Apply for a project whose budget is no more than $10,000.

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Areas of interest: Programs in mental health, aging, health, and higher education.

Eligibility: Organizations (or their fiscal agents) that qualify as public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, physical handicap, gender or sexual orientation.

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BCF Staff – Community Investment

Laurie Latuda Kinkel

Vice President of Strategy

BCF Staff – Community Investment

Billie Malcolm

Program Officer

BCF Staff – Community Investment

Maya Smith

Program Administrator

Laurie Latuda Kinkel

Vice President of Strategy

Billie Malcolm

Program Officer

Maya Smith

Program Administrator

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Building Stronger Neighborhoods Regionwide

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

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.

School Leadership

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.

Place-based Grantmaking in Selected School Communities

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.

Apply for a Grant

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:   

When you are ready please select one of the following options:

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For general inquiries about BCF funding, please use the form below to send Maya Smith an email. She will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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