COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Response Grants 

BCF’s response to the COVID-19 crisis began in mid-March with a series of emergency grants for distribution of food and essential supplies. Simultaneously, the foundation launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund, mobilizing $2.2 million – and counting – to address the far-reaching immediate, intermediate and long-term effects of the pandemic. 

In the first phase of our response, from March – May 2020, BCF awarded more than $912,000 to 88 organizations listed below. In July, we established the COVID-19 Response Task Force made up of six board members to guide our intermediate and long-term response. Since then, BCF’s grantmaking from the Fund has been focused on addressing educational equity concerns and the impacts of this public health crisis on our region’s most vulnerable students. The application process for the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund is now closed but we continue to accept donations to the Fund and will may make additional rounds of grants if funding allows.

BCF COVID-19 Response Grants To Date

Note: this list will be updated regularly as new grants are awarded.

Emergency Food & Supplies Distribution

East Baltimore
Meraki Community Uplift - $5,000 to sustain Oliver Community Farm distributions to families and seniors

Patterson Park Public Charter School - $3,000 to operate twice-weekly food pantry for students and families, and to expand mental health support services

The Village - $500 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to seniors in the Collington Square, Clifton and Oliver communities

North Baltimore
Hampden Family Center - $10,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to families and homeless individuals in Hampden, Medfield, Remington and Woodberry communities 

St. Mary’s Outreach Center - $500 to support emergency food and essential supplies distribution to seniors in the Hampden, Remington, Medfield, Woodberry, Hoes Heights and Wyman Park communities

Northwest Baltimore
Langston Hughes Community, Business and Resource Center - $2,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution in the Park Heights community

Lazarus Rite - $500 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to seniors in Northwest Baltimore

South Baltimore
Black Yield Institute - $5,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution in the Cherry Hill neighborhood

Cherry Hill Tenant Council - $1,000 for emergency food distribution in the Cherry Hill neighborhood

Youth Ambassadors/Angela Y. Davis Academy - $500 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution

Southwest Baltimore
Baltimore Brothers - $1,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution in Southwest Baltimore

New Beginnings Barbershop - $1,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution in Southwest Baltimore

West Baltimore
Druid Heights CDC - $1,500 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to families in transitional housing

No One Left Unhelped - $500 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution in the Sandtown and Poplar Heights communities

The Broken Wall Community Church - $5,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution in West and Southwest Baltimore

William S. Baer School - $5,000 to operate weekly food pantry for students and families

Baltimore County 
Churches for Streets of Hope - $5,000 to provide emergency food and essential supplies to homeless individuals in Baltimore County

Community Assistance Network (CAN) - $5,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to Baltimore County shelters and pantries

Community Crisis Center - $5,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to families in Baltimore County

Student Support Network - $40,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution at 8 schools in Baltimore County

Multiple Locations
Baltimore Hunger Project - $40,000 to distribute 2,300 emergency food boxes each week at 14 schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

CLLCTIVLY - $1,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution

Elev8 - $5,000 for emergency grocery deliveries to families in Sandtown, Cherry Hill, Walbrook Junction, Pigtown and Greater East Baltimore as they identify long-term food solutions and meet other social service needs

Johns Hopkins Children's Center - $5,000 for emergency food, essential supplies and referrals to other basic needs resources for low-income children and families 

Maryland Family Network - $20,000 for emergency assistance at 7 Family Support Centers across the Baltimore region, including diapers, formula, transportation to feeding sites and technology support for distance learning 

Maryland SPCA - $5,000 for emergency pet food distribution  

ShareBaby - $3,000 for emergency diaper and wipes distribution

The Movement Team - $40,000 to distribute emergency food boxes at 16 sites across Baltimore City

United Workers - $5,000 to provide food and essential supplies distribution, as well as unemployment benefits counseling and remote wellness checks to low-income workers across Baltimore City

Vulnerable Populations – Homeless
Heart’s Place Services - $500 to support distribution of weekend backpacks with food and essential supplies to homeless children and their families

Homeless Person's Representation Project - $500 to support hotline providing SNAP benefits counseling, remote legal representation for those denied benefits and referrals to food assistance for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness 

Vulnerable Populations – Seniors
Civic Works - $10,000 for emergency, contact-free food and essential supplies delivery to seniors

Episcopal Housing Corporation - $15,000 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution to seniors in low-income apartment complexes in Baltimore County

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland - $15,000 for emergency food and supplies deliveries to homebound seniors and the chronically ill 

WBC Community Development Corporation - $1,500 for emergency food and essential supplies care packages to seniors at Wayland Village Senior Apartments in Forest Park

Vulnerable Populations – Non-English-Speaking, Immigrants & Refugees
Immigration Outreach Service Center - $3,000 for grocery store gift cards and public transit tokens to immigrant families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

International Rescue Committee - $5,000 to help non-English speaking clients access food and essential supplies from local pantries and apply for SNAP, WIC, unemployment insurance and other critical forms of support 

KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) - $5,000 for a social service coordinator to address increased requests for emergency food and essential supplies, medical support and transportation needs by unaccompanied immigrant children

My Life Foundation - $2,500 for emergency food and essential supplies distribution and dissemination of translated health materials to Asian American communities

Credible Information Distribution

Vulnerable Populations – College Students
Collegetown Network - $5,000 to convene representatives from 13 local colleges and health department officials to create a joint public information campaign and ensure all students have consistent information and resources 

Vulnerable Populations – Disabled
Pathfinders - $10,000 to create an information center, remote resource fair and online workshops for people and families living with autism spectrum disorder 

Vulnerable Populations – Homeless
Healthcare for the Homeless - $25,000 to establish a phone hotline supporting universal screening procedures at Baltimore’s four homeless shelters and support medical providers and community health workers as they assess suspected positive screens and trigger transport to partner hospitals for testing and isolation

Vulnerable Populations – Spanish-Speaking, Immigrants & Refugees
Esperanza Center - $33,700 to establish Spanish-language telemedicine hotline for Baltimore City and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties

Education & Youth Programs

Enrichment Activities
Arts Every Day - $10,500 to provide art activity books and art supplies that connect to Baltimore's arts and culture organizations and provide enriching remote learning experiences over the summer

Arts Every Day - $25,000 to provide Baltimore City Arts Engage Kits for students unable to purchase their own supplies 

Baltimore Outreach Services - $8,820 to provide full-day academic instruction and enrichment activities to children ages 5 - 17 living in an emergency shelter

Baltimore Youth Arts - $15,500 to support creative job training and entrepreneurship apprentice program, engaging 24 young people in game design, illustration and publications design, as well as resumé writing, interview and other related job readiness workshops 

Corner Team - $10,000 to provide homework assistance, physical activities and leadership training in an afterschool program for children in grades 6 - 12

Leveling the Playing Field - $5,000 to provide 250 sports kits to Baltimore City public school students 

Writers in Baltimore Schools - $22,000 to support afterschool creative wrting programs at seven elementary/middle schools and two high schools in Baltimore City

Educational Equity & Remote Learning Support
Baltimore City Public Schools - $50,000 to supply individual academic learning kits, and reduce the potential for cross-contamination by sharing of resources, for up to 1,000 students at in-person Student Learning Centers

Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition - $20,000 to hire a Digital Equity Coalition Manager to coordinate programming and fundraising across multiple organizations

BellXcel - $45,000 to distribute 500 remote learning kits to Baltimore City public school students 

BMore Empowered - $30,000 to provide mental health support and services for parents of preschool and school-age children via Judy Centers and public elementary schools in Baltimore

Bon Secours Community Works - $42,246 to provide mental health services to students and families at Frederick Elementary School, Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School and Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School

Building Science, Technology & Engineering Partnerships (Building STEPS) - $8,000 to tutor high school and college students from 15 Baltimore City public schools, ensuring students remain on track for college and career readiness

City Neighbors Charter School - $22,000 to operate an in-person learning center for 8 - 12 high-need students 

Community Assistance Network - $50,000 to operate in-person learning centers for low-to-moderate income children in Baltimore County

Cool Kids Campaign - $6,000 to expand online tutoring for special needs clients who would normally receive school-based support, and to provide laptops and hotspots to clients as needed

Elev8 - $116,618 to support 200 at-risk students with small-group tutoring and home visits

Enoch Pratt Free Library - $40,000 to provide additional hotspots and tablets for loan to families in Baltimore City

Family Crisis Center - $73,945 to fund an academic support specialist and devices for children in the Emergency Safe Shelter and Transitional Housing program

Greenmount West Community Center - $50,000 to support staff, technology, supplies, transportation and basic needs for children and families

Immigration Outreach Service Center - $13,382 to support staffing, tutoring supplies and materials, grocery store gift cards and rental assistance to ensure stability for children and families

Improving Education - $198,750 to provide distance learning kits for 2,500+ children in Pre-K - Grade 2 in Baltimore City

Jubilee Arts - $9,100 to provide a self-care program for parents, students at teachers at their West Baltimore location and nearby schools in Sandtown Winchester: New Song Academy and Achievement Academy

Learn-N-Play - $10,000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, no-touch thermometers and other COVID-19 safety supplies for a community-based child care center in Baltimore County 

Little Flowers Early Childhood & Development Center - $18,000 to sustain daycare services for frontline workers in Druid Heights, Greenmount East, Penn North, Pimlico/Arlington, Sandtown-Winchester, South Baltimore and Upton and to develop distance-learning materials for children of non-essential workers to continue social and developmental growth

Maryland Book Bank - $5,000 to deliver age-appropriate books to students and sustain reading development during distance learning

Morningstar Baptist Church - $50,000 to provide digital literacy and mental health support for 150 students, as well as support, advocacy and assistance navigating the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for an additional 50 parents/guardians in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Next One Up - $15,000 to contract a caseworker to provide mental health support and facilitate other wraparound services for 122 young Black middle and high school boys

Orita's Cross Freedom School - $15,000 to provide mental health services for children and families impacted by COVID-19

PCs for People - $150,000 to provide hotspots, devices and internet connectivity for charter school students not included in broader school system planning

Port Discovery Children's Museum - $5,000 to distribute enrichment play packs to homeless youth for continued social and developmental growth and coping support during quarantine

Pressley Ridge - $15,000 to provide digital literacy support for foster parents and older foster youth in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Reading Partners - $15,000 to secure Zoom licenses and provide internet connectivity stipends to AmeriCorps members to sustain reading tutoring program virtually

Southeast Community Development Corporation - $37,867 to sustain the Attendance Program at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School, preventing students from becoming disengaged during remote learning 

Southwest Charter School - $25,000 to establish a Family Assistance Fund, ensuring stable home learning environments

The Family Tree - $10,000 to provide training, technical assistance and gap funding for daycares as they transition to serving essential workers, conduct remote learning or close temporarily with time to enhance skills and capacity

The Family Tree - $25,000 to provide learning and technology support for children in Pre-K - 2nd Grade remote learning environments

The Movement Team - $51,000 to operate a learning pod for students at Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School in East Baltimore 

The Village - $2,500 to provide tutoring and weekly care packages to 10 of 50 students participating in an outreach program in East Baltimore

UMBC Foundation - $5,500 to operate the Reach Together Program (RTP) tutoring 40 students at Digital Harbor High School 

Unity Properties - $30,000 to enable wifi connectivity throughout two low-income family apartment complexes in West Baltimore serving 70 children and their families  

Urban Teachers - $20,000 to provide mental health and wellness support for aspiring and full-time educators in Baltimore City schools

Y of Central Maryland - $50,000 to provide free or subsidized child care and remote learning support for 200 - 350 school aged children at Y Family Centers in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Youth of the African Diaspora - $30,000 to provide interactive instruction, technology, food and mental health support to 45 students and their families

Youth Development
Citywide Youth Development - $5,000 to train youth and young adults to manufacture personal protective equipment for government offices, medical institutions and nonprofits conducting outreach and violence intervention activities

Dent Education - $5,000 to provide supplies and virtual training for students to manufacture personal protective equipment from home and earn money

HeartSmiles - $10,000 to support peer-to-peer mental health training for youth leaders

Parks & People - $25,000 to provide laptops to Branches afterschool program interns for distance learning, allowing the interns to continue to collect bi-weekly stipends, and assess virtual learning options for summer programs

Wide Angle Youth Media - $4,875 to provide laptops, tablets and camera equipment to program participants to sustain projects and to provide emergency assistance as needed

Neighborhood Support Services 

Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Shelters & Counseling
CHANA - $10,000 to provide emergency shelter and counseling to an increased number of survivors of domestic violence and to staff a live chat hotline

Family Crisis Center of Baltimore - $20,000 to provide emergency shelter and counseling to an increased number of survivors of domestic violence

House of Ruth - $10,000 to support remote counseling services for survivors of domestic violence

Northwest Hospital Domestic Violence Program - $10,000 to provide hotel vouchers to partners fleeing domestic violence

Tahirih Justice Center - $15,000 to provide food, essential supplies and sustained legal and social service support to immigrant women and children fleeing violence

TurnAround - $20,000 to provide emergency shelter, counseling and other services for increased number of survivors of domestic assault, sexual violence and human trafficking

Economic & Community Development
CASH Campaign of Maryland - $20,000 to sustain services remotely, including free tax preparation, financial education and coaching, and eligibility screenings for public benefits

Impact Hub Baltimore - $5,000 to provide economic support and assistance navigating resources to local entrepreneurs

Latino Economic Development Corporation - $25,000 to assist local businesses in accessing federal, local and philanthropic support; provide 0% interest loans to those excluded from stimulus programs and advise on business strategies during COVID-19

Employment & Workforce Development 
Maryland New Directions - $10,000 to provide job referrals, career counseling and training remotely to previously and newly unemployed individuals

NPower - $15,000 to support remote IT training and paid internships for young adults ages 18 - 25 assisting nonprofits in developing and implementing remote technology systems 

Baltimore Medical System - $5,000 to purchase personal protective equipment to safely continue serving patients at community health centers 

The Arc of Baltimore - $10,000 to provide personal protective equipment and sustain residential care for adults with developmental disabilities

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center - $15,000 to increase cleaning and distribution of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment to families living in affordable rental units and ensure that they remain stably housed 

Legal Services
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service - $10,000 for server upgrade to continue casework remotely until courts reopen 

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland - $4,781 to support remote consultations and clinics addressing financial and legal issues magnified by the COVID crisis, including housing instability, immigration proceeding delays and advance planning needs 

Mental Health, Wellness & Coping
Baltimore Crisis Response - $5,167 to support short-term telehealth therapy and support, stabilizing patients until they are connected to an outpatient center

MDRC - $25,000 to provide crisis counseling and resource referrals to public housing residents and voucher holders participating in the MyGoals workforce development program 

NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore - $15,000 to sustain mental health services to clients in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Pressley Ridge - $5,750 to provide technology and internet access to sustain therapy remotely for foster youth, youth parents and families of youth dealing with mental health issues

Pro Bono Counseling Project - $10,000 to expand access to mental health care during COVID-19 epidemic

The Family Recovery Program - $10,000 to provide laptops to children in foster care and biological parents undergoing substance abuse counseling to foster bonding and sustain progress toward reunification  

Volunteers of America Chesapeake - $1,510 to support increased staffing at residential rehabilitation center for adults suffering from mental illness

Mental Health & Wellness - Vulnerable Populations – Seniors
Baltimore Neighbors Network - $5,000 to offer regular social and mental health support for isolated seniors and resources needed to safely shelter in place, such as grocery and medication delivery

Operation Pathways - $3,180 to provide tablets and training to allow seniors in the Bolton North Apartment complex to sustain social connections remotely and receive ongoing health and operations updates 

Mental Health & Wellness - Vulnerable Populations – Spanish-Speaking, Immigrants & Refugees
Friends of Patterson Park - $6,000 to provide bilingual community wellness and mental health support activities in East Baltimore

Intercultural Counseling Connection - $11,000 to sustain counseling, case management and emergency assistance services to refugees and asylum seekers

Soccer Without Borders - $10,000 to host remote practices and support health and coping skills of immigrant and refugee children

Baltimore Safe Haven - $15,000 to provide food and essential supplies, as well as hygiene kits and community coping activities to LGBTQ individuals, many of whom are homeless or at risk of homelessness 

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative - $15,000 to sustain case management remotely, provide emergency food, essential supplies and cleaning equipment to GHHI clients and conduct emergency home repairs to ensure residents’ safety

St. Francis Neighborhood Center - $5,000 to support a wide range of needs for families in the Reservoir Hill and Penn North neighborhoods in Baltimore City

Nonprofit Sustainability

Baltimore Business Lending - $18,000 to cover lost interest-income as the nonprofit lender waives payments during the COVID-19 crisis

Baltimore Community Tool Bank - $5,000 for continued tool lending to frontline organizations and ones manufacturing personal protective equipment

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