August Grants Total $160,000 to Seven Organizations Working to Rebuild Baltimore
September 10, 2015
Seven organizations received a total of $160,000 in grants from the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore during the month of August.
To date, over $747,000 in gifts have been made to the fund and $500,000 in grants have been awarded to 31 organizations across the city that are working to heal Baltimore and strengthen it for the future.
Prior awards from the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore primarily addressed immediate community needs following the April unrest, such as business recovery and summer youth employment. Over the last two months, grants have become focused on addressing longer term issues related to systemic inequality which were at the root of the unrest in late April.
More than 600 individuals and organizations have given directly to the Fund, and gifts are still being made. Thousands of people have indirectly given through independent fundraisers like art shows, happy hours and music performances.
Grants made in August:
- Action in Maturity Inc.: $10,000 to provide weekly transportation services to over 100 older adults who lack reliable and consistent access to basic needs and who live in public housing units in West Baltimore.
- Associated Black Charities: $30,000 to support the Capacity-Building Technical Assistance Program, which will provide technical assistant to 16 Baltimore-area organizations with a priority on those serving neighborhoods and communities impacted by the Baltimore Uprising.
- Baltimore Child Abuse Center: $45,000 to conduct community outreach and build neighborhood partnerships in West Baltimore to expand crisis counseling services for West Baltimore children who witnessed violence, both as a result of the April 2015 unrest and relating to the violence that children experience every day in the city.
- BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development): $30,000 to hire an additional community organizer and training for at least 100 residents in Sandtown-Winchester, with the goal of addressing the underlying issues of the recent unrest.
- Hamilton Main Street/Gather Baltimore: $5,000 to expand the Healthy City Blue Bags program to residents of West Baltimore.
- Inner Harbor Project: $20,000 to support Inner Harbor Project youth leadership initiatives. Objectives include mediating 150 conflicts on social media; training 45 police officers, 30 Circulator operators, 20 Waterfront Partnership guides and 20 Downtown Partnership guides; complete the Code of Etiquette for the Inner Harbor, register 200 youth for The Harbor Card; and engage more than 1,000 young people through the Peace Ambassador Program.
- Maryland Volunteer Lawyers’ Service: $20,000 for the Consumer Law Project, which will recruit and train 50 volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to at least 100 new clients (low income residents of Baltimore) in order to increase their economic stability.