Grants for Rebuilding Baltimore Awarded to 10 Non-Profit Organizations
June 19, 2015
The Baltimore Community Foundation has announced 10 organizations will receive $114,000 from The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore to repair the physical and emotional damage from the unrest that affected Baltimore, and to strengthen the community in the future.
More than 5,000 people have given to the fund through participation in independent fundraisers like comedy shows, concerts, car washes and art shows. The individual gifts and fundraisers continue to add to the fund which now totals over $584,000 in gifts and pledges.
On June 5, the staff and cast of The Hippodrome Theater at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center donated $42,000 from donations that they had collected at the doors after performances of a recent production of Dirty Dancing.
In another unique fundraiser, Neighborhood Fiber Co., a Baltimore-based yarn maker, donated $10,085 from the sales of a special "Sandtown"edition yarn made in honor of the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived.
"This donation was made possible through the generosity of knitters who believe that Baltimore can and should be restored," said Karida Collins, Neighborhood Fiber Co. owner.
On June 9, The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore Committee met to review grant applications submitted to BCF between May 1 and June 1. Ten requests from non-profit organizations-ranging from $2,500 to $15,000-were approved for a total of $114,000.
"We strive to balance immediate and longer-term community needs," said Kevin Griffin Moreno, BCF senior program officer. "Of the $114,000 in total grants approved, $79,000 will fuel youth employment and leadership development; $30,000 will help small, local businesses recover from damages incurred during the week of April 27; and $5,000 will provide legal services to low-income residents."
The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore Committee Continues to accept grants, and non-profits are encouraged to apply via our website.
June grant recipients include,
- Alternative Directions: $5,000 to support civil legal and child support modification services for 250 formerly incarcerated men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- Baltimore Green Works: $2,500 to support the Clean Corps summer youth employment program
- Citizenship Law Related Education Program: $12,000 to support the Law Links Internship Program for Baltimore City public high school students
- Druid Heights Community Development Corporation: $20,000 to support Youth Empowerment Programs for young people in Druid Heights, Sandtown-Winchester and other parts of West Baltimore
- Episcopal Community Services of Maryland: $10,000 to support the Creating Unlimited Possibilities (CUPs) Coffeehouse & Kitchen youth workforce development program
- Latino Economic Development Center: $20,000 to support the Baltimore Business Recovery Project for locally-owned businesses in East Baltimore
- Maryland New Directions: $5,000 to support the Youth Job Readiness Training Program for young people from Sandtown-Winchester and other parts of West Baltimore
- Southeast Community Development Corporation: $10,000 to support the Highlandtown Main Street business recovery initiative
- Wide Angle Youth Media: $14,500 to support youth-led photography programs, including media training, mentorship and a traveling exhibit of youth stories
- Youth As Resources: $15,000 to support the YAR Task Force, which provides young people with employment, training and youth-led organizing