Baltimore Community Foundation awards $93,000 in neighborhood grants to 25 non-profit organizations in Baltimore

February 08, 2016

Baltimore, MD (February 8, 2016) – More than two dozen non-profit organizations were selected by the Baltimore Community Foundation to receive a total of $93,000 in grants from the Neighborhood Grants Program for projects in neighborhoods across the Baltimore region.

BCF’s Neighborhood Grants Program offers small grants to Baltimore City and County neighborhood groups. Each grant helps neighbors invest in their communities as they mobilize to complete a neighborhood project, build new leadership or strengthen existing leadership within their communities. Through the Neighborhood Grants Program, BCF helps neighborhoods become and remain safe, clean, green and vibrant.

“Since 2000, BCF’s Neighborhood Grants Program has distributed more than $3 million to scores of neighborhoods working to make their communities stronger,” said BCF President & CEO Tom Wilcox. “We believe that supporting community and resident-led efforts to improve, create, or maintain community assets and spaces is the best way to help develop strong neighborhoods in the Baltimore area.”

This year, grants were made to groups doing everything from building a bike and pedestrian trail in Catonsville to expanding a community garden in Pigtown.

The East Baltimore Historical Library earned its first grant from the program this year to produce the I AM East Baltimore Storybook Project. In the project, families who have been displaced in recent East Baltimore development will produce story books about the neighborhood to be kept at the library’s physical location in Patterson Park. These stories will be valuable artifacts for historians and future generations of Baltimoreans interested in the rich history of the city.

The Greenmount Senior Center is another notable first-time recipient. It will use its $3,500 grant for the Low Lights Project. The Senior Center is a meeting place for many first generation Korean American seniors in a Baltimore neighborhood that many Korean immigrants once called home. Despite the changing demographics of the area, the Center retains a strong connection to the Korean immigrant community, and has engaged artist Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin to design a lighted garden which will be used both by the Senior Center and by the larger community, creating a symbolic bridge between the Korean diaspora and the residents of today’s changing Station North neighborhood.

“These are the types of programs which bring together neighbors and strengthen communities,” said Wilcox.

The Neighborhood Grants Program is supported in part by the William Donald Schaefer Civic Fund at BCF, a permanent endowment that honors Governor Schaefer and perpetuates his lifelong commitment to Baltimore’s neighborhoods. More information about the Schaefer Fund is available online at www.bcf.org/schaefer.

Grant recipients are all non-profit organizations that operate within the Baltimore City and County region. A full list of grant recipients follows.

Neighborhood Grants Program grant recipients:

Ashburton Area Association - $2,200 for its Digital Partnerships: Living Green - School, Home & Community program.

Baltimore Bhutanese Committee Inc. - $5,000 to build a community garden for the Bhutanese community in the Frankford neighborhood.

Banner Neighborhoods - $5,000 for the Small Grants Program, which is designed to provide a simple process for the community to put their ideas into action and achieve immediate results.

Belair Edison Neighborhoods Inc. - $3,500 for the Mosaic Main Street Project to refurbish existing stone planters of the Belair Edison Main Street district with mosaic designs created through a collaboration of artists, youth, business owners and residents.

Blue Water Baltimore - $3,485 for the BeMore Blue Mural Project, which engages residents who work together to conceptualize Murals that can be painted on storm drains in the Belair-Edison neighborhood.

The Broken Wall Project
- $5,000 for the North Bend Elementary/Middle School Community Revitalization Project, which will create a safer environment for children by making various improvements around the school.

Butchers Hill Association - $3,000 for community park and street tree upgrades.

C.A.R.E Community Association Inc. - $3,800 to beautify a shared community space in the Dunbar neighborhood.

Catonsville Rails to Trails Inc. - $5,000 for the construction of the Spring Grove bike and pedestrian trail.

Dance Alchemy - $3,500 for work on a film called “Dance Where Your Heart Is,” which will showcase collaborative dances performed by members of various Baltimore neighborhoods, around the larger theme of creating peace in cities.

Dundalk Renaissance Corporation - $5,000 for the Curb Appeal Project, in which volunteers will plant trees in Dundalk to address environmental challenges, increase curb appeal and boost property values.

East Baltimore Historical Library - $5,000 for the I AM East Baltimore Family Storybook Project, which will collect the stories of East Baltimore residents and preserve them in the Library for posterity.

GardenVillage Community Association Inc. - $5,000 for the GardenVillage Community Fun Festival, which promotes awareness and unity throughout the Rosedale-Cedonia area by bringing residents and community groups together.

Give Life - $3,000 for Reach Randallstown—Project Clean, a community-based project that brings volunteers from faith-based communities, the business sector, public servants and institutions together to clean Randallstown.

Greenmount Senior Center - $3,500 for the Low Light Project. With the assistance of artist Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, the center will create a garden with lights in the Station North neighborhood.

In For Of Inc. - $3,000 for a community concert and music education workshops in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood.

Kensington Improvement Association - $550 for Celebrate Flower Power, a continuing project which will expand a community butterfly garden and help cover maintenance costs.

Kids Scoop - $3,500 for the Has Anybody Seen My Daddy program, an intergenerational photo journalism program for children in the Madison East End neighborhood to learn how to use digital cameras and edit photos they capture of the interactions between children and their fathers or father figures.

Lillian Jones Resident Association - $4,600 to create Proctor Street Park in Johnston Square, a space for children to play and for the community to use for recreational and educational functions.

A New Faith Community - $3,500 for a community arts program, a six-week community art class geared towards kindergarten through 12th grade students and their caregivers.

Old Goucher Business Alliance - $3,000 for Groovin' in Old Goucher, a regular performance and fashion show in the neighborhood which highlights local businesses affected by the unrest in April 2015.

Pigtown Food for Thought - $2,481 for the Carroll Street Community Garden Expansion, which will double the number of beds available for planting and fund the purchase of a variety of hand tools for use by gardeners.

Rebuild Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization - $5,000 for the Love Our Johnston Square Community Festival, a day of fun that begins with a service activity (beautification/cleaning the neighborhood) and ends with food and fun.

Robert W. Coleman Community Organization - $3,000 for the creation of mural art in the neighborhood.

West Catonsville Manor Community Association - $3,400 for the construction of two entry signs for the community and funding beautification activities.

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