West x Northwest Baltimore Impact Grants

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The Baltimore Community Foundation promotes the success of Baltimore’s communities, its residents and particularly its young people by supporting effective public schools and equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need to build on community assets, attract investment and develop social capital.

Building upon the place-based investments BCF has been making since 2019 in 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, BCF seeks to increase investment in the ecosystem of Black-led nonprofits in our selected school communities and to expand to contiguous neighborhoods.

With recent funding received from Facebook, BCF has designed a grant program for nonprofits providing programs or services that directly support the resiliency of Black people and communities, with a preference for nonprofits that are Black-led and geographically located within the focus neighborhoods (see map for focus neighborhoods). These neighborhoods were chosen because they are either the original investment areas outlined in BCF’s strategic plan; they are adjacent to those neighborhoods; and/or they are located approximately one-half mile from the two main commercial corridors in the footprint (Liberty Heights Avenue and North Avenue). 

Organizations providing programs or services such as the following are eligible to apply:

BCF will award operating grants of $50,000 ($25,000 per year for two years payable in 2021 and 2022) to twenty nonprofit organizations. In addition, BCF will periodically convene all 20 grantees to solicit feedback and invite their participation in developing plans and resources to continue to build the leaders, organizations, and larger geographic ecosystem of Black-led nonprofits working to strengthen these majority-Black neighborhoods.

Background

The Baltimore Community Foundation is one of 20 community foundations in the United States selected to receive funding from Facebook to manage grantmaking to support 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 US. The specific activities that grantees undertake with these funds should be informed by their deep connection to and understanding of the unique needs and strengths in these majority-Black neighborhoods, which have been disinvested and devalued for decades. Grantees will also be eligible but not required to participate in training provided by Facebook to build digital marketing and fundraising skills. Fiscally sponsored organizations are eligible to apply, however, nonprofits must have their own 501(c)3 status to participate in the Facebook-provided training modules if they so desire.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, with proposals due on Friday, July 9, 2021. Nonprofit organizations meeting the above criteria are invited to submit a brief written application through our online portal. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a 30-minute conversation with BCF representatives, to be scheduled between August 2 – 13, 2021, before BCF’s Joint Program Committee makes final grant award decisions in September. Decisions will be announced on September 20, 2021.

If you are interested in learning more, join the Zoom information session with BCF’s Community Investment Team on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 2 pm.

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Proposals due on Friday, July 9, 2021.

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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. 

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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.