In response to the civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, BCF established The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. 

Over the weeks and months that followed, we received an extraordinary outpouring of contributions from people who care deeply about this city. BCF charged no administrative fee to this fund, but distributed 100 percent of the contributions received to Baltimore organizations working to address the immediate needs of those affected by the unrest, and to strengthen our community for the future. By the end of 2015, virtually all of the money had been distributed. Slightly more than $5,000 remains, which we plan to use to augment or extend one or more of the efforts already funded.

We are not currently accepting grant applications for the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, but may in the future if we receive more gifts to the fund. To be informed of news on the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, sign up for BCF e-news.

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Friday March 11, 2016

A look back at all the grants from the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore

When BCF started The Fund For Rebuilding Baltimore in April 2015, we pledged to make grants to organizations who were working within Baltimore’s most affected neighborhoods to rebuild, and start the process of healing and securing a better future for the city.  We also took contributions from every corner of Baltimore, the country and beyond. 


The final tally of contributions reached $756,013.70. Gifts from individuals and businesses in 33 states and three foreign countries ranged from $5 to $100,000, including proceeds from at least 30 spontaneous fundraising events such as concerts, car washes, art shows, and sales of products such as t-shirts. We are deeply grateful to each and every contributor.


The Baltimore Community Foundation has a long history of working with neighborhood leaders and community organizations to strengthen neighborhoods. We have always relied on the commitment and the ideas of neighborhood residents to guide this work. The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore followed these same principles. 

Grants from the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore Committee supported both immediate needs of those affected by the unrest, and efforts to strengthen our community for the future. 

Here is the final list of recipients with a short description of how they worked to rebuild Baltimore following the April 2015 unrest. 

Action in Maturity - $10,000 to provide free transportation services for low-income older adults in West Baltimore to get groceries, prescriptions and other necessities they lost following the unrest. 

Alternative Directions - $5,000 to provide legal services to people transitioning from the prison system back into civilian life.

American Friends Service Committee - $5,000 for its Peace by Piece program, a youth led program which spreads a message of peace and non-violence through art, music and culture. 

Associated Black Charities - $30,000 for the Capacity-Building Technical Assistance (CBTA) Program, which provides to youth-focused and other community groups with advice and assistance to expand their ability to serve their constituents.

Baltimore Action Legal Team - $34,000 for legal support, analysis, documentation, community discussion and research about the unrest.  

Baltimore Algebra Project (two grants) - $45,000 to fund youth leadership & advocacy programs. 

Baltimore Child Abuse Center - $45,000 to fund treatment provide treatment for children who suffered trauma as a result of the unrest.

Baltimore Clayworks - $10,000 to directly support community arts programming in West Baltimore at Jubilee Arts and the Zeta Center for Active and Healthy Aging, located and serving those in the Sandtown-Winchester and Park Heights neighborhoods respectively. 

Baltimore Green Works - $2,500 for Clean Corps, which employed youth to assist local non-profits with work related to four themes: parks, clean neighborhoods, food/farming and health.

Baltimore United for Change - $5,000 to support community-driven advocacy for meaningful criminal justice system reform in Baltimore.
Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development - $30,000 for to expand its efforts to connect and engage the community of Sandtown-Winchester. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake - $20,000 for a Baltimore Corps position to coordinate with the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center and fulfill mentoring requests. 

CASA de Maryland - $20,000 for the Multiracial Youth Leadership Development Initiative , which works to develop a connected network of African American and Latino youth leaders who will work in their high schools to end injustice, improve relationships among students and address police brutality. 

Center for Urban Families - $20,000 for the Baltimore Community Healing, Civic Engagement & Workforce Development Pilot, an initiative designed to provide a life-changing workforce training and engagement opportunity for disaffected adults who want to be engaged in creating positive change.

City of Baltimore Development Corporation - $5,000 for the Baltimore Business Recovery Fund, which helped businesses repair damage incurred during the unrest.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Foundation - $5,000 to help businesses in the downtown corridor repair damages incurred during the unrest. 

Druid Heights Community Development Corporation - $20,000 for the Youth Empowerment Program to create a mechanism, The Youth Speak-Up Initiative, for young people to feel empowered to address concerns about the unrest and future events in Baltimore City.

Episcopal Community Services of Maryland - $10,000 for the CUPs Coffeehouse & Kitchen Youth Workforce Development Program, an emerging social enterprise which includes food service education and training for disadvantaged youth and adults living in Baltimore City, as well as youth aging out of foster care.

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance - $5,000 to support race, equity and inclusion training for its Board of Directors. 

Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street Gather Baltimore - $5,000 to expand its fresh food distribution programs to West Baltimore following the unrest. 

Holistic Life Foundation - $20,000 to fund two Trauma Informed Mindfulness Training programs. The training helped repair the emotional damage in West Baltimore communities deeply affected by the violence.

Inner Harbor Project - $20,000 to support its general operating budget, specifically as it relates to the Peace Ambassadors program, in which youth train police, mediate teen conflicts and promote positivity.

Latino Economic Development Corporation - $20,000 to cover staff and direct project expenses it will direct toward the Baltimore Business Recovery Project, which helped small businesses damaged as a result of the unrest recover. 

Living Classrooms Foundation - $7,928 for its Fresh Start Program.

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - $10,000 for the Know Before You Enroll Campaign, which aims to strengthen regulations on for-profit schools and develop communication materials to educate residents so they can make informed choices when seeking additional education.

Maryland Hunger Solutions - $20,000 to increase participation in the Food Supplement Program, school breakfast and lunch, and summer and afterschool meals in low-income Baltimore City neighborhoods.

Maryland New Directions - $5,000 to provide access for 25-30 disadvantaged West Baltimore youth to receive MND’s high quality, award-winning career training through the Youth Job Readiness Training Program.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service - $20,000 to expand efforts provide legal services including criminal record expungement, consumer debt matters, bankruptcy and housing issues.  

Mi Casa Su Casa - $10,000 for the West Baltimore Behavioral Health Program, which provides supportive housing and other services to young adult males ages 25 and over who are re-entering citizens, geriatric re-entering citizens, homeless veterans, and or struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

New Lens - $20,000 for the Listening Project.

Newborn Holistic Ministries - $30,000 to support Martha’s Place, a recovery program that offers both six-month transitional housing and long-term Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing. Martha's Place serves women struggling with drug addiction by providing a structured recovery program to help clients maintain sobriety and develop life-skills vital for independent living.

No Boundaries Coalition (two grants) - $30,000 to advocate for policy change to increase police accountability and improve police-community relationships while building resident leadership and political voice for Central West Baltimore through resident-led organizing.

Professional Development and Training Center - $12,000 for the Citizenship Law Related Education Program Law Links Internship program.

Southeast Community Development Corporation - $10,000 for the “Highlandtown Main Street: We’re Still Vibrant, Safe, and Welcoming!” program, which helped businesses damaged in the unrest raise funds to repair physical damage to their building and interior fixtures, recover loss of inventory and create promotional events and campaigns to boost shopping in Highlandtown.

St. Abraham Baptist Church - $10,000 for the North Avenue Learning Initiative.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center - $20,000 to coordinate Intergenerational Discussion Groups aimed at addressing both immediate and longer-term needs associated with the causes and impacts of the Baltimore uprising and unrest.

Strong City Baltimore - $10,000 for Dew More Baltimore, an organization dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to increase engagement in Baltimore.

Theodore House - $10,000 to support its West Baltimore recovery program,  which provides housing and job training to homeless adults transitioning from prison or treatment facilities for AIDS.

Total Health Care (two grants) - $55,000 for prescription medications and health care access services to fulfill immediate medical needs of West Baltimoreans who lost access to their normal medical facilities following the unrest.

University of Maryland – Promise Heights - $20,000 to implement B’more for Healthy Babies, an infant mortality reduction initiative, in Gilmore Homes. 

Urban Alliance Baltimore - $10,000 for its High School Internship Program, which pairs Baltimore City high school students with an internship at a local employer. 

Wide Angle Youth Media - $14,500 for photography workshops that help to develop and promote positive youth voice for students from Baltimore City Public Schools that lack significant arts programs.

Youth As Resources - $15,000 for Task Force, a youth-led cadre who are trained to organize groups from the ground up by providing their peers with training on community organizing, including analyzing our most pressing problems, project planning and grant writing.  

Previous News and Updates

Thursday September 10, 2015

August Grants Total $160,000 to Seven Organizations Working to Rebuild Baltimore

$160,000 in grants made to seven organizations

Wednesday May 20, 2015

20 Minute Update: The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore

Senior Program Officer Kevin Griffin Moreno provided an update on The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, created by BCF in the wake of the unrest in April 2015 to repair the physical and emotional damage that has been done and strengthen our community for the future.

Friday June 19, 2015

Grants for Rebuilding Baltimore Awarded to 10 Non-Profit Organizations

10 organizations receive $114,000 from The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore

Wednesday May 20, 2015

A Portrait of Donors to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore 5/20/15 UPDATE

More than $500,000 has been raised for The Fund from individuals and companies eager to help start the healing and rebuilding process in some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. 

Video updates

We asked grant recipients to send us video updates about how they have used The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. Here's what they said. 

Baltimore Child Abuse Center

Urban Alliance

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Action in Maturity

Latino Economic Development Center

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Baltimore Green Works

Maryland New Directions
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