Advocate

BCF recognizes that to effect real change, we must operate at the systems level, advocating for public policies – specifically those that affect education and neighborhoods – that can frame a better future for all of us. Join us in ensuring that our schools and neighborhoods get the resources they need with the following actions:

Support Equitable Transit Spending

Every County Executive or Mayor sits on the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) and every year they vote to approve a 4-year package of transportation spending called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Unfortunately, the current draft TIP proposes spending 650 times more on highway capacity projects over ADA, public transit, bike and pedestrian projects. Read Central Maryland Transportation Alliance’s op-ed on Maryland Matters for more details and sign their petition telling County Executives and Mayors to say no to this out-of-balance spending.

Urge Officials to Support the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

In May, Governor Hogan vetoed the bipartisan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, a historic piece of legislation designed to ensure a high-quality education for every child in our state. The need for this legislation has never been more clear as the long-standing disparities in resources have been magnified by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more on our Blueprint page and contact your elected officials to urge them to override the Governor’s veto and build a world-class educational system that works for all.

Take the Census!

The 2020 Census is happening now and your response matters! Census results determine how billions of federal dollars flow, supporting everything from school construction to road and bridge repairs to public services like police and fire departments. Baltimore currently has only a 51% response rate. Help us get the federal funds we need to build a better Baltimore region by completing the Census today at 2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. Spread the word!

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BCF Community Investment Team is here to help. Please fill out the form below with any questions you have and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Alexis Miller

Donor Services Officer

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If you need assistance with Donor Central, please fill out the form below or call (410) 332-4171 with any questions you have and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Dara Schnee

VP of Philanthropy

Contact Dara Schnee, VP of Philanthropy, for a confidential, in-depth consultation about these and other giving options, tax benefits of each and how they can help to achieve your financial and charitable giving goals.

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Nanyamka Hales

Donor Services Officer

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Cathy Brill

Executive Director
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Kate Sam

Communications Officer
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John A. Gilpin

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Director of Planned Gifts
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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.

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:   

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Select this option if you have applied for any of BCF’s grants using our website. Your profile may still be in our system and you may login using your account.

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Melissa McC. Warlow
Director, Baker Fund Grants Program
410-332-4172 x150

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.