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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2008.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
Tuerk House, Inc.
Toward Phase 1 renovation costs of Tuerk House, a residential treatment facility for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Serving as a 28-day residential program and out-patient clinic, Tuerk House is undertaking improvements to meet code requirements for the infrastructure and safety regulations, including the installation of a new sprinkler system and replacement of a roof. Tuerk House serves more than 900 individuals a year.
For the purchase of furniture and equipment for a new 16-bed residential group home for Baltimore City foster-care children, ages 14-21. TuTTie's Place is committed to providing care for hard-to-serve foster children who have experienced multiple failed placements.
University of Maryland School of Medicine
For the cost of producing ten PSAs and a three-minute violence prevention program designed to reach at-risk disadvantaged teens from Baltimore City through cell phones and other portable media. Links to the videos will be posted on You Tube and My Space. DVDs will be available to all Baltimore City public schools. An evaluation will be conducted to determine if these emerging technologies are a viable dissemination mechanism to reach the targeted audience.
Women's Housing Coalition
To provide case management services at the new Jenkins House residence for low-income, disabled women. The goal of Jenkins House is to stabilize residents in permanent housing and prepare them for increased levels of independent living through supportive services with the help of a case manager. Services include counseling in life skills, job placement, education, relapse prevention, mental health, and entitlement benefits.
For continued support of educational services at the Audubon Center in Patterson Park. Collaboration with the Friends of Patterson Park has helped to change the perception of safety issues in the park and has contributed to increased visitation and utilization. Working closely with neighborhood schools, Audubon's curriculum-based programs, linked to Maryland State Standards, enhance the in-school science program by using the park as an outdoor laboratory. These school activities are supplemented by a series of after-school programs.
Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.
For continued support of collaboration between the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association, Herring Run Watershed Association, and the Jones Falls Watershed Association. The center provides technical expertise to the local watershed associations with the implementation of water quality improvements, storm water retrofits, detection of illicit discharge, and downspout disconnection demonstration projects.
Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.
Three-year funding for long-term research on the effect of planting switchgrass to reduce subsurface nitrogen seepage from Eastern Shore croplands into the Chesapeake Bay, and on the feasibility of switchgrass serving as a perennial grass-based source of biofuel to local agricultural and conservation communities.
Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
For continued support of programs to educate conservation voters about public policy issues and decisions at state and local levels. Through enhanced e-mail lists, the league will continue to educate and mobilize conservation voters around timely conservation issues, in particular, global warming.
Patuxent Riverkeeper/EarthReports, Inc .
Toward the implementation of the Patuxent 20/20 program, a plan designed to stem unchecked growth in the Patuxent watershed. Part of the plan calls for recommendations for legislative reform of the Critical Area laws, strengthening growth-management policies, joining in litigation to abate pollution infractions, and monitoring the impact of Base Realignment and Closure's (BRAC) 11,000 new households moving into the watershed.
The ETV Endowment of South Carolina
For the development of research and supporting materials for the production of a one-hour documentary on the Chesapeake Bay, "Poisoned Waters," for PBS Frontline to be aired in the spring of 2009. The focus is to inform the public about the relationships among the health of the bay, the local economy, and regional natural resources.
Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc .
Toward support of the Chesapeake Stormwater Initiative, a collaborative project of local waterkeepers organized to monitor and initiate legal action against noncompliant developers known to be polluting the waterways. The regional office coordinates the activities of the "Get Out the Dirt" campaign, focusing on the reduction of stormwater from construction sites.
Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.
Toward the renovation of the Gallery Building, 1883 Provincial House. The renovations will provide additional space for handicapped-accessible exhibitions, offices, workshops, visiting artist housing, and community meeting space.
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Five-year funding for support of the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, awarded annually at Artscape. The purpose of the prestigious award is to encourage artists to live and work in Baltimore.
Baltimore Opera Company
Toward the purchase of equipment to accommodate Metropolitan Opera Simulcasts at the Lyric Opera House, as a strategy to expand the audience for opera in Baltimore. A series of eight operas will be scheduled Saturday afternoons.
Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation
Two grants for the continued support of educational and outreach arts programs for FY 2008 and FY 2009.
Museum of Ceramic Art
For support of the 2008-2009 in-school and after-school ceramic art programs in 42 Baltimore City public middle schools. Developed to be integrated with core subjects and aligned with the Maryland State Content Standards, the program reinforces students' reading, writing, and creative skills. The nine-month program provides each teacher with equipment, supplies, a stipend, coaching, professional training workshops, and monthly networking. While student works are temporarily exhibited in public venues, such as Baltimore's Visitor Center, arrangements are made for participating schools to create ceramic murals for permanent installations around Baltimore.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For 2008 membership dues.