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 $1.5 million – and counting – to address the far-reaching immediate, intermediate and long-term effects of the pandemic 

Grantee organizations are embedded in communities hit hard by the crisis, with a focus on reaching especially vulnerable populations and youth whose educational outcomes could be seriously impacted by the closure of schools and childcare centers. BCF is also investing in several nonprofits that have been critical to neighborhoods’ economic development and will be much-needed in the recovery process. 

Applications for BCF’s COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund are being accepted through the COVID-19 Response Funding Collaborative of Greater Baltimore.

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
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
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 
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

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

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

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

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 – 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

Sustainability & Remote Learning Support
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

Improving Education - $15,000 to provide distance learning kits for children in Pre-K - Grade 2 in Baltimore City

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

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

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 

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

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

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

Mental Health & Wellness
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

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

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

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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