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Past Grants

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

Community Development

Southeast Community Development Corporation

$15,000
Baltimore, MD

For renovation of the historic United Democratic Club building in Southeast Baltimore. The rehabilitation and sale of this property is expected to stimulate investment in the community.

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

To fund the purchase of 60 vacant houses in Northeast Baltimore. St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is serving as an Asset Control manager for FHA foreclosures of the houses being renovated and sold to new homeowners in a long-range effort to stabilize the neighborhoods and raise standards of renovation.

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the legal services initiative to fight predatory real estate practices in Baltimore City. The center will bring lawsuits against property sellers, mortgage brokers, appraisers, and title companies involved in fraudulent practices. Efforts will include education about deceptive home sales.

Environment

1000 Friends of Maryland

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

To support the Partners for Open Space campaign to help restore the funding for Maryland's land conservation. The partners, a coalition of more than 120 environmental organizations across Maryland, plan to launch an educational program to showcase the long-term benefits to the community of continuing statewide land conservation initiatives, park improvements, and newly acquired public land.

1000 Friends of Maryland

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

For an organizational assessment and development of a strategic plan. As a leading environmental advocacy organization, 1000 Friends is a public voice for preserving Maryland's natural resources and open space while encouraging planned growth and redevelopment, and reinvestment in older neighborhoods.

American Farmland Trust

$50,000
Washington, DC

For activities to ensure the continued success of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) program, a cornerstone of Maryland's efforts to preserve farmland. Plans include the formation of a blue-ribbon commission to develop a vision for agricultural communities by examining the current state of agriculture, and recommendations that would allow the sector to remain a competitive and vibrant economic asset.

Herring Run Watershed Association

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward staffing costs to increase local efforts to restore the Herring Run Watershed. The association has played a major role in environmental monitoring of illegal industrial dumps and sewage pipe leakages, and has advocated for stream cleanups, tree plantings, installations of rain gardens, and other bio-retention modifications in homes and schoolyards.

Maryland Environmental Service

$25,000
Annapolis, MD

For the production, installation, and monitoring of Reef Balls (artificial reefs) as part of the Department of Natural Resources' Artificial Reef Project. The program will help restore degraded or damaged natural reefs that are home to oysters and fish in the Chesapeake Bay.

Arts

Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for general support and development of arts education tool kits designed to integrate the arts into the curricula of Maryland public schools.

Baltimore Clayworks

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

For planning and marketing of the 2005 Tour de Clay, a six-week exhibit of 878 regional, national, and international ceramic artists in more than 99 venues located in Baltimore City and around Maryland. This visual arts event, now one of the largest in the country, was planned to coincide with the 39th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference and the annual American Craft Council show.

Creative Alliance

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

A challenge grant to retire the loan for major capital renovations of the Patterson Theater in Highlandtown. The cultural center houses exhibition and performing space for more than 350 art, film/video, music, dance, and poetry events, and offers residential studios for eight artists. The theater's presence as a gateway to Highlandtown is expected to prove a catalyst for the continuing revitalization of the neighborhoods.

Museum of Ceramic Art

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward costs of supplies, equipment, and teacher stipends for in-school and after-school ceramic art programs in 25 Baltimore City public middle schools for the 2004-2005 school year. The ceramics program, integrated into the core academic subjects, provides workshops and coaching for teachers, opportunities for teacher networking, year-end public art exhibits, and permanent installations of students' work.

Other

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

$7,500
Baltimore, MD

For 2004 membership dues.

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