Grants

BCF awarded more than $30 million in grants to the community in 2020. Many of these grants come from donor-advised funds at the recommendation of the fund advisor and most are not open to requests for funding. However, donors also give unrestricted gifts to BCF, or gifts restricted for a particular purpose such as education, arts, human services, or neighborhoods. These gifts support BCF’s strategic discretionary grantmaking. Our strategic grants promote the success of Baltimore’s young people by supporting effective public schools and equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need.  We awarded $2.4 million in strategic, discretionary grants in 2020. A list of those grantees follows.

To apply for BCF’s discretionary grant funds to support stronger schools and neighborhoods, visit our Grants Page.

2020 Discretionary Grant Recipients

Arts & Culture

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
Artspace Projects Inc. $ 75,000 6/9/20
Creative Nomads $ 18,695 9/23/20
Creative Alliance $ 10,000 12/10/20
Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City $ 5,000 9/24/20
Maryland African American Museum Corporation $ 2,500 6/3/20
Single Carrot Theatre $ 2,000 9/2/20
Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians, Inc.$ 5012/29/20

Civic Engagement & Leadership

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice $ 100,000 10/22/20
Maryland Philanthropy Network $ 5,000 3/5/20
Baltimore Metropolitan Council $ 3,000 3/19/20
NAACP Baltimore Branch Unit 7009 $ 2,000 12/2/20
CLLCTIVLY $ 1,000 3/30/20
Texas Civil Rights Project$ 2612/16/20

Community Development

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council $ 54,000 3/12/20
Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. $ 50,000 3/5/20
The Director of Finance - Baltimore City Department of Planning $ 50,000 6/9/20
Forest Park Senior Center, Inc. $ 50,000 9/23/20
Penn North Community Association $ 50,000 12/10/20
Unified Efforts $ 50,000 12/16/20
Central Maryland Transportation Alliance at BCF $ 50,000 2/20/20
Community Law Center, Inc. $ 48,680 9/17/20
Rowdy Orbit $ 47,250 9/17/20
Fusion Partnerships, Inc. $ 45,000 3/23/20
Fusion Partnerships, Inc. $ 30,000 12/10/20
No Boundaries Coalition $ 30,000 12/10/20
Howard Park Civic Association, Inc. $ 25,692 9/17/20
ReBuild Metro, Inc. $ 25,000 9/9/20
Pass It On Inc $ 22,100 9/17/20
BUILD Inc. $ 20,000 4/15/20
Whitelock Community Farm $ 15,000 3/23/20
Greater Remington Improvement Association $ 15,000 12/10/20
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council $ 8,000 6/9/20
New Auchentoroly Terrace Association, Inc. $ 6,000 9/23/20
Ashburton Area Association $ 5,000 1/14/20
The Movement Team, Inc. $ 5,000 3/23/20
Backyard Basecamp, Inc $ 5,000 4/29/20
Little Italy Neigborhood Association Inc $ 5,000 5/4/20
Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council, Inc. $ 5,000 5/11/20
Ednor Gardens Lakeside Civic Association Inc $ 5,000 6/22/20
The Urban Oasis $ 5,000 7/29/20
Union Square Association $ 5,000 7/29/20
4MYCITY $ 5,000 8/26/20
Highlandtown Community Association $ 5,000 11/25/20
Bolton Hill Community Association $ 5,000 11/25/20
Upton Planning Committee, Inc. $ 5,000 11/25/20
Rowdy Orbit $ 4,800 5/4/20
Butchers Hill Association, Inc. $ 4,520 5/4/20
Southeast Community Development Corporation $ 4,000 11/25/20
Greenmount West Community Center Foundation $ 3,000 4/23/20
C.A.R.E. Community Association $ 2,961 8/25/20
Youth Educational Services, LLC $ 2,000 4/1/20
WBC Community Development Corporation $ 1,500 3/23/20
Cherry Hill Homes Tenants Council Incorporated $ 1,000 3/23/20
Luvs Art Project $ 1,000 4/6/20
Harbel Community Organization, Inc. $ 1,000 4/22/20
No one left unhelped inc$ 5003/23/20
St. Francis Neighborhood Center$ 50012/16/20
Bikemore$ 5009/24/20
Audubon Maryland Washington DC$ 5012/29/20
No Boundaries Coalition$ 2512/16/20

Education

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
The Movement Team, Inc. $ 100,000 9/17/20
Baltimore City Public School System $ 91,857 6/9/20
Baltimore City Public School System $ 50,000 1/23/20
Fund for Educational Excellence $ 50,000 9/17/20
Fund for Educational Excellence $ 50,000 11/18/20
The Literacy Lab $ 49,500 6/9/20
Improving Education $ 41,250 9/17/20
Teach for America-Baltimore $ 40,000 11/18/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF $ 25,000 2/20/20
Fund for Educational Excellence $ 25,000 3/23/20
New Leaders $ 20,000 3/30/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF $ 20,000 6/26/20
The Literacy Lab $ 20,000 11/18/20
Mary E. Rodman Elementary School $ 20,000 11/18/20
Libraries Without Borders $ 20,000 12/10/20
Center for Social Organization of Schools $ 17,376 11/18/20
Strong Schools Maryland $ 16,000 1/14/20
BUILD Inc. $ 15,000 3/23/20
Johns Hopkins University School of Education $ 15,000 6/9/20
Victorious Attitudes for Everyday Life, Inc. (V.A.E.L.) $ 14,592 11/18/20
Elev8 Baltimore $ 10,919 11/5/20
South Baltimore Learning Corporation $ 10,919 11/5/20
Victorious Attitudes for Everyday Life, Inc. (V.A.E.L.) $ 5,000 5/26/20
The Movement Team, Inc. $ 5,000 9/2/20
William S. Baer School Partnership Board, Inc. $ 5,000 11/25/20
Lillie May Carroll Jackson Public Charter School $ 4,650 7/29/20
Brown Memorial Tutoring Program $ 2,500 11/25/20
University of Maryland Baltimore County Foundation$ 5003/5/20
Calvert School, Inc.$ 50010/22/20
The Jemicy School, Inc.$ 50012/16/20
Calvert School, Inc.$ 4005/13/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 3003/31/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 3006/30/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 3009/30/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 30012/31/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 2505/29/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 2505/29/20
Florida State University Foundation, Inc.$ 2506/10/20
Fund for Educational Excellence$ 20012/16/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 603/31/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 606/30/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 609/30/20
Middle Grades Partnership Fund at BCF$ 6012/31/20
Jacobin Foundation, Ltd.$ 5012/29/20
Reason Foundation$ 5012/29/20
Democratic Socialists of America Fund, Inc.$ 5012/29/20
Digital Harbor Foundation, Inc.$ 2612/16/20
Code in the Schools$ 2512/16/20

Human Services

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
Maryland Family Network $ 40,000 11/18/20
Greenlight Fund Inc. $ 25,000 10/21/20
Catholic Charities $ 21,752 12/29/20
Community Assistance Network $ 21,752 12/29/20
The United Way of Central Maryland, Inc. $ 21,752 12/29/20
Nuestras Raices Inc $ 20,000 9/17/20
Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc. $ 20,000 9/17/20
Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. $ 20,000 11/18/20
Queen City Motors $ 18,000 6/29/20
St. Mary's Outreach Center, Inc. $ 10,000 3/5/20
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. $ 10,000 3/5/20
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc. $ 10,000 3/5/20
Youth Empowered Society (YES) $ 10,000 3/5/20
$ 10,000 3/5/20
$ 10,000 3/5/20
St. Mary's Outreach Center, Inc. $ 7,675 11/5/20
Intersection of Change $ 6,656 11/5/20
$ 6,000 12/9/20
$ 6,000 12/9/20
$ 5,041 8/26/20
Community Assistance Network $ 5,000 3/23/20
Lazarus Rite Inc $ 5,000 4/23/20
UnitedHealthCare Insurance Company $ 4,002 12/16/20
Lazarus Rite Inc $ 3,003 11/5/20
ShareBaby $ 3,000 3/23/20
Helping Up Mission of Baltimore City, Inc. $ 3,000 4/23/20
Manna House, Inc. $ 3,000 4/23/20
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc. $ 3,000 4/23/20
Outcast Food Network $ 2,500 4/23/20
AIM Action-In-Maturity $ 2,000 4/23/20
$ 1,000 1/23/20
$ 1,000 2/27/20
Baltimore Brothers Inc $ 1,000 4/1/20
Willison Oil, Inc. $ 1,000 9/24/20
$ 9001/23/20
$ 9002/27/20
Intersection of Change$ 82411/5/20
No One left Unhelped, Inc. DBA Let's Thrive Baltimore$ 80812/16/20
Baltimore Hunger Project, LLC$ 80812/16/20
Churches for Streets of Hope$ 80812/16/20
Franciscan Center, Inc.$ 80812/16/20
Breath of God Lutheran Church$ 80812/16/20
The Village Inc.$ 5003/23/20
Heart's Place Services, Inc.$ 5003/23/20
Dr. Angela Y. Davis Academy$ 5003/23/20
Lazarus Rite Inc$ 5004/1/20
Westport Community Economic Development Corporation$ 5004/6/20
St. Mary's Outreach Center, Inc.$ 5005/19/20
$ 50012/9/20
$ 50012/9/20
$ 50012/9/20
$ 40012/9/20
$ 40012/9/20
Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.$ 1501/16/20
$ 1197/1/20
$ 758/26/20
$ 607/1/20
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services$ 5112/16/20
Baltimore Hunger Project, LLC$ 5012/16/20
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland$ 5012/29/20
The Baltimore Abortion Fund$ 5012/29/20
Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA$ 5012/29/20
International Rescue Committee, Inc.$ 2512/16/20

Other

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
Association of Black Foundation Executives $ 2,500 7/8/20
United Nations Foundation, Inc.$ 5012/16/20

Youth

OrganizationGrant AmountGrant Date
Child First Authority $ 77,647 3/23/20
Child First Authority $ 74,897 3/23/20
University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. $ 20,000 9/17/20
Intersection of Change $ 20,000 12/10/20
Audubon Maryland Washington DC $ 15,000 6/10/20
Arts Every Day, Inc. $ 15,000 6/24/20
The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. $ 12,000 6/10/20
Baltimore's Promise Inc. $ 10,000 1/23/20
Camp Puh'tok for Boys and Girls, Inc. $ 9,600 6/10/20
Roberta's House $ 9,495 6/10/20
Youth Empowered Society (YES) $ 9,480 11/5/20
Living Classrooms Foundation $ 8,000 7/1/20
Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends $ 6,200 6/10/20
Creative Alliance $ 5,000 6/10/20
Camp Rock $ 5,000 6/10/20
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland $ 5,000 6/10/20
Leveling the Playing Field, Inc. $ 5,000 6/24/20
Mentoring Mentors $ 1,500 10/7/20
Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council$ 5012/29/20
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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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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.