Focus on Neighborhoods
BCF invests in strengthening resident leadership and community organizations, helping neighborhoods to become and remain safe, clean, green and vibrant.
Our Target Neighborhood investment strategy is building community leaders and enduring social capital in two “middle neighborhoods:" Reservoir Hill and Greater Highlandtown. Through deep partnerships with community-based organizations in each neighborhood, BCF engages residents to determine and execute plans to make their neighborhoods safe, clean, green and vibrant.
Neighborhood Grants Program
Our Neighborhood Grants Program funds projects such as creating community gardens, youth leadership training and community festivals. Though they reflect various interests and causes, 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. The Neighborhood Grants Program is made possible in part by the William Donald Schaefer Civic Fund. Find out how to apply.
Our neighborhood sustainability projects complement our safe/clean/green/vibrant goals for neighborhoods with specific efforts around energy conservation, trash and litter, tree canopy and storm water. It also complements our education goals through its focus on student leadership of environmental and sustainability projects in Baltimore City Schools.
Transportation provides access to work, housing, education, services and entertainment. Neighborhoods without accessible, affordable, reliable transportation are cut off from resources that allow a community to thrive. Through the Transportation Alliance, BCF supports neighborhood development and transit advocacy.