Olszewski Announces Over $2.4 Million in Grants to Local Community Organizations to Support Pandemic Recovery

More than 50 community organizations awarded funds to support the recovery of organizations and community efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

TOWSON, MD— Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County and the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) have awarded more than $2.47 million in grants to over 50 local community-based organizations to support their recovery and enhance efforts to strengthen neighborhood resiliency.

“Baltimore County is home to so many dedicated community organizations which work every day to create opportunities for our residents and support the fabric of our diverse neighborhoods,” Olszewski said. “Thanks to these new grants, we will proudly provide millions to support the recovery of these organizations so that they can continue providing services on behalf of our residents for years to come.”

Announced in May 2021, the Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grant Fund offered grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to Baltimore County community-based organizations to support residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds will be used to support a diverse range of community efforts, such as emergency shelter and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, support for food pantry expansions, installation of ADA compliant bathroom upgrades, mobile vaccination efforts, community financial counseling programs, and much more. Additionally, funds will help cover revenue reductions or operating expense increases that have occurred due to the pandemic.

The Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grant Fund is supported by Baltimore County’s allocation of Maryland Recovery Now funding and is administered through a partnership with BCF.

“Baltimore County’s community organizations have exemplified time and again their ability to respond, innovate and support families’ survival and quality of life needs,” said Shanaysha Sauls, BCF President & CEO. “It was both natural and seamless to partner with County Executive Olszewski’s administration to steward these funds, achieve the program’s goals and do our part to help our region and its residents emerge from this pandemic safely and more resilient.”

A full list of the Baltimore County Emergency Response Fund awardees announced today is below:

  • Adopt a Block, Inc.
  • Ahavas Chaim, Inc
  • Ahavat Shalom Baltimore
  • Assistance Center of Towson Churches
  • Baltimore County Arts Guild
  • Baltimore County Historical Trust – PABC
  • Baltimore County Sailing Center
  • Bas Melech Performing Arts Center, Inc
  • Better Dais Ahead
  • Bowley’s Quarters Improvement Association, Inc
  • Building for God Community Foundation
  • Camp Puh’tok for Boys and Girls, Inc
  • Camp Rock
  • Catonsville United Methodist Church
  • Community Impact
  • Congregation Darchei Tzedek, Inc
  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
  • Enterprise Community Development
  • Episcopal Church of Christ the King
  • Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc
  • Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library
  • Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
  • Greater Bethlehem Temple
  • Harford Park Community Association
  • Heaven on Earth NOW
  • Hiding Place, Inc
  • Holistically Empowered Youth, Inc
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal
  • House of Ruth Maryland, Inc
  • Idlewylde Community Association
  • Irvine Nature Center
  • Iskcon of Baltimore New Kulina Gram, Inc
  • Islamic Society of Baltimore
  • Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland
  • Karina Association, Inc
  • Ladies of Vision Charities, Inc
  • Lake Roland Nature Council
  • Learn-N-Play
  • Life Builders Church
  • Maryland Waterways Foundation
  • Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc
  • Middlesex Health Center
  • MMHA Service Training Academy, Inc
  • Morning Star Baptist Church of Baltimore County
  • Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church
  • New Light Lutheran Church
  • Northwest Hospital Center, Inc
  • Ohel Moshe Congregation
  • Owings Mills Synagogue, Inc
  • Penn-Mar Human Services
  • Reisterstown Improvement Association
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Sheppard Pratt
  • Sparrows Point North Point Historical Society
  • St. Gabriel Church in Windsor Mill
  • St. Matthew United Methodist Church
  • Student Support Network
  • Suburban Orthodox Congregation
  • Sussex Community Association Inc
  • The Arc Baltimore
  • The Cavanagh House
  • The Red Devils
  • Transforming Lives Community Development Corporation
  • Villa Maria Community Resources – Associated Catholic Charities

The COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Fund is the latest in a series of partnerships between Baltimore County and BCF. In March 2020, the County and BCF launched the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which provided 50 local community-based organizations grants totaling $400,000 to enhance the County’s response to the COVID-19 crisis last summer. In June 2021, the County and BCF established a fund to support the Baltimore County Summer Youth Jobs Program, providing skills training, coaching and paid work experience at public and private sector organizations for 300 Baltimore County youth.


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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.

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