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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.
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.
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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