Neighborhood Grants Program

BCF aims to help neighborhoods become and remain safe, vibrant, clean and green, and to be supporters and champions of their local schools. Our Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) offers different types of small grants to organizations pursuing these objectives.

  • Mobilization Grants are for projects that will get more neighbors involved in the community.

  • Leadership Grants are for projects that build new leaders or improve existing leadership in the neighborhood. 

To find out more about BCF’s interest in and support for Baltimore neighborhoods, visit our Neighborhoods page or take a look at a complete list of all recent neighborhoods grants.

Eligibility

Eligibility varies by grant type. Generally, funding is for resident-led projects and community-based organizations that include resident leadership and that address a community need. Groups in Baltimore City and Baltimore County may apply. Applicants for Leadership Grants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. 

Typical Grants

Mobilization: $1,000 - $5,000
Leadership: Up to $7,500 (25% match from other sources is required) 

Guidelines

All applications must show a connection to one or more of BCF’s objectives of helping neighborhoods become safe, vibrant, clean and green and to be supporters and champions of their local schools.

Organization must have one of the following: a) 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, b) a nonprofit fiscal agent, or c) a group bank account. Maximum grant is $5,000. Examples of suitable projects include: Neighborhood clean-up/greening, community gardens and festivals.

How to apply

Download the Neighborhood Grants Program Mobilization Grants Application

Download the Neighborhood Grants Program Leadership Grants Application.

Please read the information above to determine which type of grant is the best fit for your funding request, then download the appropriate application. Applications are in Word document format.

Please email a complete copy of your application, including all attachments, to: 

  (use the subject line "Attention: NGP Leadership or Mobilization Grant [Insert organization name here]"

Application process

  • Applicants must submit the completed Neighborhood Grants Program Application to NeighborhoodGrantsProgram@bcf.org. 
  • The Volunteer Review Committee and Foundation staff reviews all applications and selects organizations to receive site visits.
  • The Volunteer Review Committee and Foundation staff members conduct site visits. Site visits generally take place on a weekday or evening and require approximately one hour. 
  • The Foundation staff makes funding recommendations to the BCF board's Neighborhoods Committee and grants are awarded. 
  • All grantees are required to sign a grant agreement before receiving funding.

Deadlines

All applications are due to BCF on July 20, 2018, at 5 p.m. 

Special notes

Successful applications will:

  • Be complete, and follow application guidelines
  • Demonstrate resident participation
  • Show careful planning and appropriate budget allocations
  • Reflect the neighborhood’s ability to implement the proposed project

Priority will be given to projects that accomplish one or more of the following: 

  • Make your neighborhood safe, vibrant, clean or green;
  • Support successful students and schools; 
  • Include diverse perspectives and participation by residents of all ages; 
  • Increase participation by residents, organizations and businesses in neighborhood activities and community associations;
  • Increase residents’ confidence to do other projects; 
  • Build partnerships with residents, community based organizations, schools, religious institutions, local merchants or others.

QUESTION ABOUT GRANTS APPLICATIONS?
Kendra Shaw
410-332-4172 x149
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