Mitzvah Fund for Good Deeds

The Mitzvah Fund for Good Deeds, established at the Baltimore Community Foundation in 2012, is designed to provide mini-grants to nonprofit orgs. To facilitate their good works in neighborhoods and schools when funding from other sources is not available.

Volunteers: please encourage your organizations to apply! 

Eligibility

Organizations must:

  • Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or a fiscal agent;
  • Serve Baltimore City. 
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, physical handicap, gender or sexual orientation;
  • Apply for a project whose budget is no more than $10,000.

Typical Grants

$250 – $2,500 

Guidelines

The purposes to which Mitzvah Fund monies may be applied are broadly defined. Examples might include:

  • $250 to a recreation center to purchase bats, balls, and bases for a summer softball league
  • $500 to a senior center to purchase art supplies for activities for an adult daycare program
  • $1 ,000 to an elementary school to purchase musical instruments for an after-school music program

The Mitzvah Fund does not make grants for:

  • Start-up organizations

  • Capital campaigns, building construction, renovations or other capital projects

  • Individuals

  • Multiple years

  • Institution of higher education

  • Projects that do not serve the Baltimore community
  • Deadlines

    This fund accepts grant proposals on a rolling basis as funds are available.

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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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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.

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.

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Director of Planned Gifts
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Communications Officer
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Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation