Baltimore City has long struggled with many challenges, including outdated or problematic structural issues. BPF 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.
The Baltimore Progress Fund (“the Fund”) is a unique partnership between donors, community leaders, and advisors who each have a deep love for Baltimore. Launching in 2020, the Fund seeks to increase democracy in Baltimore by shifting power away from historically inequitable structures and systems, and toward neighborhood residents in historically marginalized communities. The Fund is looking for proposals that will work toward achieving structural changes to accomplish this goal.
Specifically, we are looking for city-wide efforts that make changes for large numbers of people. Usually these changes are made by transforming government structures, but we are open to considering other strategies. The Fund is not designed to support direct services to individuals.
The Fund has an explicitly reparatory justice lens, with an emphasis on promoting racial equity and supporting organizations that are deeply embedded in historically marginalized communities. The Fund will give priority to applications from organizations whose leadership composition (Board and staff combined) is at least 60% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
The intention of the Fund is to award between 2 and 4 grants with the $150,000 available in grant funds. The Fund’s initial grants will be for one year, with a recognition that most systemic change requires a longer timeframe. The Fund will actively work with grantees to seek sustained funding. Applicants must be registered 501(c)3 organizations, partner with a 501(c)3 organization or working with fiscal sponsors that meet our financial standards.
Meet our Members*
Ashiah Parker, No Boundaries Coalition
Betsy Krieger, The Fund for Change & Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund
Charly Carter, Step Up Maryland
Jeff Blum, Lois and Irving Blum Foundation
Michael Sarbanes, Green Street Academy
Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson, Black Girls Vote
Tara Huffman, Open Society Institute
Tre Murphy, Organizing Black & NAACP Legal Defense Fund
*Organizations are listed for identification purposes only. Individuals solely represent themselves.
How to Apply
To begin a NEW application, click here.
To continue working on an EXISTING application, click here.
October 13, 2020