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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2004.

Health & Human Services

Maryland Food Bank

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward capital expenditures related to the renovation of an 87,000 square-foot warehouse to be used as the headquarters of Maryland's redistribution center of surplus and reusable food. The food is donated by the food industry to more than 900 community food providers statewide, including soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, and school pantries. It is expected that the food bank will be able to increase the amount of food distributed by 30 percent within three years.

Maryland Society for Sight

$19,970
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Mobile Eye Care for the Homeless Expansion Program. The program's van visits five locations each month and provides free eye examinations and glasses.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

To support the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign. The initiative, a free income tax preparation service, is designed to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Its goal is to increase the number of tax returns prepared for low-income taxpayers eligible to receive the EITC.

Mayor's Office of Employment Development

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

For the development of a plan to guide the city toward a coordinated approach to the needs of Baltimore's ex-offender population. The plan includes an evaluation of existing re-entry programs, feasibility of expanding programs, and consideration of consolidating existing resources into a one-stop center.

Mercy Health Services, Inc .

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

To help underwrite expenses related to the Supportive Housing Program and Family Violence Response Program designed to support homeless and low-income persons in Baltimore City. The program provides one-on-one and group counseling for shelter residents.

Moveable Feast

$59,333
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Culinary Arts and Life Skills Training Program for unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents. Successful participants of the 12-week program, offered three times a year, receive certificates in culinary arts, CPR, first aid, and safe food handling. Graduates are placed in entry-level food service positions that pay $8.50 an hour, plus benefits.

NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

For the expansion of educational services designed to reach low-income families in Baltimore City who have children suffering from mental illness. Customized information packets, comprehensive resource notebooks, one-on-one assistance through NAMI's help line, and a series of workshops addressing child and adolescent mental health issues are made available.

NCADD-Maryland (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the cost of a consultant to provide research and policy guidance on drug treatment issues for the general public and policymakers, and oversight for NCADD committees in the area of drug addiction

Park West Health System, Inc./ Park West Medical Center

$55,000
Baltimore, MD

For the establishment of the Hidden Gardens HIV and Substance Abuse Program, a buprenorphine detoxification and stabilization initiative designed to address the problem of HIV-positive heroin users in the Park Heights corridor. Buprenorphine reduces the suffering associated with withdrawal; the less painful withdrawal experience increases the likelihood that an addict will complete detoxification, considered the first critical step toward abstinence, and will be more receptive to treatment services offered at the center.

Parks & People Foundation

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Hooked on Sports program for more than 1,100 Baltimore City public school students. The program, which includes lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, and soccer, provides opportunities for organized and safe after-school activity. Participants are required to maintain at least a C average and 90 percent attendance.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Capital funding for the renovation of a building at 330 North Howard Street, to create a restructured facility designed to house a downsized operation. The building will include space for Planned Parenthood's recently expanded training and education program.

Quarterway Houses, Inc.

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Plan for clinical staff of the Tuerk House. It is expected that the program will increase staff retention, improve levels of certification, and encourage professional development.

Rose Street Community Center

$450,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for continued support of rehabilitation services for ex-offenders, residents recovering from substance abuse, and at-risk youth. The center provides transitional housing and case management to an average of 30 men per week, linking them to employment. It provides stipends to an average of 40 other participants each week to assist with living expenses, and provides youth with after-school and community activities.

South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc.

$15,000
Baltimore, MD

For partial funding of food pantry and energy assistance programs serving more than 150 clients per month.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

For the establishment of the Learn to Earn Program, a job training readiness program at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. The program helps participants improve language arts, math, and computer skills; prepare and obtain GEDs; and seek, secure and retain jobs.

The Baltimore Station (formerly South Baltimore Homeless Shelter)

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward start-up and operating costs of the renovated Seton Hill fire station, now operating as a residential addiction recovery program for homeless men. With a 25-bed capacity, Seton Hill offers long-term supportive transitional services that address drug and alcohol addiction.

The Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development

$400,000
Baltimore, MD

Sixth-year funding of STRIVE Baltimore, a comprehensive job training and placement service for unemployed and underemployed men and women. The three-week program prepares participants for the workforce through workshops that focus on attitude modification and job readiness. Core services include job placement with long-term follow-up, one-on-one and group counseling, and case management.

The Enterprise Foundation

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For the expansion of the Re-entry Partnership (REP) Initiative, a program designed to help prepare inmates for transition from prison back into their communities. The program incorporates pre-release and post-release components. As part of the case management re-entry plan, ex-offenders participate in vocational and educational programs prior to being transferred to the Metropolitan Transition Center. Support services include transportation of the ex-offender, so that upon release the individual is linked directly with community resources.

The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.

$58,586
Baltimore, MD

In support of Baltimore's Success by 6 Partnership, created to provide early literacy activities in family child care and home visiting programs. The programs offer parents and day care providers with tools to build children's language skills.

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Second-year funding for the completion of the "State of Baltimore's Workforce System" report, which provides a detailed description of Baltimore's local workforce development system, focusing on the city's network of one-stop career centers. The report includes a description of who are served by the career centers, the wages of job seekers before and after service, a listing of employers who hire career center job seekers, and an analysis of how well the career center network meets U.S. Department of Labor measures. The report is intended to provide an annual assessment of Baltimore's workforce system, and will be used as a tool to improve the city's services to job seekers and employers.

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Community Health Worker Program, which provides free health services to the uninsured in East Baltimore. The institute will recruit ten AmeriCorps volunteers from East Baltimore to serve as community health workers; after training, each worker will follow as many as 50 patients, providing individual medical monitoring and support through home visits and telephone calls. The status of each patient will be tracked by computers.

The Justice Policy Institute

$50,000
Washington, DC

To provide research and guidance to the Campaign for Treatment Not Incarceration, designed to reduce Maryland's prison population and expand drug treatment and alternatives to incarceration.

The Samaritan Center

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for continued funding of the Travel Voucher Program, which helps homeless people in need of travel assistance. The programs provide bus vouchers to more than 400 homeless people who want to leave Baltimore to reunite with family, find employment, or receive treatment for substance abuse.

The Shepherd's Clinic

$49,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward malpractice insurance required for the clinic to provide free or minimal cost primary medical and dental care to uninsured persons in Baltimore City.

Transitioning Lives, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

A challenge grant for the expansion of services provided by a residential re-entry program for ex-offenders. Transitioning Lives houses six men in a structured, residential environment for a period of up to six months. Each resident is expected to participate in substance abuse and vocational counseling, NA/AA meetings; to contribute toward rent and food; and to participate in housecleaning and kitchen responsibilities.

United Way of Central Maryland

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For general support of United Way's effort to address health and human services in the Central Maryland region.

University of Maryland Medical System

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward expenses related to the Breathmobile program for asthma treatment of inner-city children in Baltimore City public schools. The program, which delivers state-of-the-art asthma care to more than 400 children, is expected to decrease asthma attacks, absenteeism, and emergency room visits. Data collected will assess the program's effectiveness.

Vehicles for Change, Inc .

$45,000
Elkridge, MD

Sixth-year funding of a transportation program structured to provide 45 reconditioned cars to low-income residents of Baltimore City who need cars to obtain and hold living wage jobs, and to transport children to child care.

Washington Village/Pigtown Neighborhood Planning Council, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For staffing at the Family Support and Career Center to plan and implement the Managed Work Services model. Managed Work Services contracts with businesses to staff high turnover, entry-level positions. Residents gain valuable work experience in these temporary, transitional jobs, and are then placed into permanent jobs.

Community Development

Baltimore City Heritage Area Association

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of a feasibility study to designate Baltimore City as an approved National Heritage Area. The designation recognizes the city's historic significance and enables it to receive National Park Service funding to support tourism and marketing efforts.

Baltimore Development Corporation

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Continuing support of administrative expenses of Maglev-Maryland, a program developed to support a magnetic levitation high-speed train. When fully operational, the train holds the potential to reduce travel time between Baltimore and Washington to less than 20 minutes.

Baltimore Development Corporation

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

For the development of a plan to establish a nonprofit entity charged with providing oversight and day-to-day management of the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative/ Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

$85,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the collaborative Neighborhood Revitalization activities and for the Transit-Centered Community Development Initiative. The collaborative has been developed to help build local leadership and increase investment in six neighborhoods.

BRIDGE, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward funding of inclusionary zoning for the Baltimore Region Campaign. BRIDGE, a faith-based organization uniting congregations across the Baltimore metropolitan area, provides education and advocacy in support of inclusionary zoning legislation in the Baltimore region. The program's mission is to help abate the affordable housing crisis in the region.

Community Law Center

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Real Estate Services Project, created to fight the blight of vacant housing. The goals of the project are to ensure that residents remain confident about their neighborhoods; keep Baltimore's housing stock competitive with suburban housing markets; and stimulate reinvestment in the city.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of staffing for the Partnership's Facade Improvement Grant Program. Coordinating with Baltimore City, the Downtown Partnership provides matching funds to facilitate the improvement of facades in the downtown area. Enhancing the look of the buildings is expected to attract private investment, increase pedestrian traffic, and improve the business climate.

Friends of Patterson Park

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants: for support of Sundays With the Kids, a series of children's performances and interactive art-oriented activities during the summer months; and, for continued support of initiatives designed to help revitalize Patterson Park. Friends of Patterson Park advocates for capital improvements, and develops programs for year-round activity. The initiatives are expected to increase the desirability of the surrounding neighborhoods, improve safety in the park, and create a sense of community stewardship.

Greater Baltimore Committee

$120,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the cost of publicity and preparation of materials for environmental hearings related to the high-speed train initiative, Baltimore-Washington Maglev.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

For general support of a partnership of banks, foundations, and government and community organizations committed to strengthening underserved neighborhoods. Benefits to the ten designated neighborhoods are expected to stabilize property values and improve quality of life.

Holy Nativity and St. John's Development Corporation

$250,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward construction costs of the Pimlico Road Arts and Community Center, to house Head Start, after-school programs, and a family support center. The center will offer parenting programs for families in the Lower Park Heights community.

Homes for America

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

For legal fees incurred in connection with the development of housing for families relocating from Baltimore City public housing into stable mixed-income communities in metropolitan Baltimore.

Live Baltimore Home Center

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of marketing activities to promote the benefits of living in Baltimore City. The center provides information on its Web site, including neighborhood profiles, buyers' incentive programs, and benefits of city living. The overall goals of these efforts are to reverse the loss of population, and increase Baltimore City's tax base.

Maryland Art Place

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

For renovation costs, including replacement of the HVAC system and refurbishment of the elevator in the building owned by Maryland Art Place at 218 West Saratoga Street. The building houses two nonprofits: Citizens Planning and Housing Association and the Maryland Center for Arts and Technology.

Midtown Community Benefits District, Inc.

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward construction of the Mount Vernon Children's Park on Calvert Street. This enhancement is designed to provide a safe recreational area for families living in the neighborhood.

Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the cost of supporting a marketing program in the Greater Lauraville communities. The program offers financing and counseling to owners of residential and commercial properties to stimulate investment and renovation activity.

Patterson Park Community Development Corporation

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward staffing costs of a position to provide oversight of all planned development and construction projects. Through purchase and rehabilitation of housing stock for resale to homeowners or for rent to responsible tenants, the CDC is helping to repopulate the area and invigorate real estate prices.

Patterson Park Community Development Corporation (CDC)

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

To fund the cleaning of streets and alleys in a 22-block area of the Patterson Park community. This effort is designed to help eliminate unsightly trash and create a visually appealing, comfortable and secure environment.

People's Homesteading Group

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the redevelopment of eight vacant houses on East 22nd Street as part of Anchors of Hope, a homeownership program serving low-income families in the Barclay-Greenmount community. The purpose of this project is to reclaim deteriorated houses and renovate them for homeownership. Targeted buyers will have incomes between 50 and 80 percent of the area's median income.

Public Justice Center

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of the Tenant Advocacy Project to help reduce evictions and eliminate the practice of allowing tenant belongings to be placed on the curb. The center will focus on building support for eviction reform by completing legal research, drafting legislative proposals, and providing testimony in hearings before judges and legislators.

Sandtown Habitat for Humanity

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the renovation of 25 vacant row houses in the Sandtown-Winchester community. The initiative is designed to increase homeownership for low-income families. Because volunteers from Sandtown-Winchester and the larger community are donating labor, the costs of the houses are kept affordable.

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