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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2012.

Workforce Development

Center for Urban Families

$450,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job-training and placement service for men and women. The model includes a three-week pre-placement workshop that focuses on improving workplace behavior, appearance, and attitude.

CivicWorks

$297,924
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore Center for Green Careers, which has built a multi-tiered green career "pathway out of poverty" by training and placing Baltimore City residents in the brownfield remediation and residential energy retrofit industries. During the five-week entry-level brownfield remediation training, 80 participants receive five industry-recognized certifications, and conduct a hands-on practicum. The three-month entry-level energy retrofit installer training program provides 25 trainees with one month of classroom-based instruction and two months of on-the-job training through Civic Works' social enterprise, EnergyReady.

Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc.

$46,555
Glen Burnie, MD

Toward continued support of the Community HealthCorps workforce development program. The goal of the program is to provide Baltimore City residents with access to primary and preventive health services, and expand utilization of health and social services. This effort is accomplished by hiring up to eight Community HealthCorps members who provide direct services to 6,500 people, and assist them with scheduling appointments, enrolling in benefit programs, and navigating the health-care system.

Episcopal Community Services of Maryland (ECSM)

$156,000
Baltimore, MD

Capital funding toward construction of the Collington Square Community Teaching Kitchen. ECSM plans to train participants in the Jericho Re-entry Program in food preparation, and place them into jobs. ECSM will offer classes in food preparation to more than 300 youth and adults living in the Collington Square community.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the CARES Career Connection, an employment program that offers preliminary job counseling to 200 unemployed men and women in Baltimore City. Working with 35 to 40 unemployed persons at a given time, the career coordinator and Loyola University student volunteers provide counseling, resume preparation, mentoring, and assistance with job placement. The goal is to place a minimum of 70 clients in jobs within 12 months.

HealthCare Access Maryland

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore Second Chance Jail Project, designed to serve recently released inmates. The program screens at least 200 inmates within 45 to 90 days of release for food stamps and Medicaid eligibility.

Humanim, Inc.

$529,196
Baltimore, MD

Two grants toward expenses related to the merger of Harbor City Services and Humanim. Harbor City Services is a social enterprise that provides moving, document storage, shredding, and general warehousing services to more than 100 organizations. Harbor City Services employs Baltimore City residents with psychiatric disabilities, enabling them to acquire work skills, establish an employment record, and generate employer references.

Job Opportunities Task Force

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward continued support of the JumpStart Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program, which serves 70 low-income Baltimore City residents. The 13-week program provides participants with training in handling tools; construction math; workplace safety; and specialized training in the carpentry, electrical, and plumbing trades. Classroom instruction is followed by job placement. Candidates must remain employed for 90 days before they can enroll into a four-year apprenticeship program.

Job Opportunities Task Force

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an initiative designed to increase the use of the earned income tax credit. Each year, the campaign serves more than 8,000 residents by operating 15 to 17 free tax preparation sites, and partnering with sites that offer tax preparation and asset development services.

Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of health care and evening GED training for 20 unemployed and underemployed youth and adults in Baltimore City.

Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc.

$246,815
Baltimore, MD

For Year Two support of the Partnership for Growth initiative, an education and job-training program created to serve 60 clients of Penn North, an integrative and addiction recovery center that offers acupuncture and mediation programs for the treatment of addiction. Partnership for Growth offers training in street cleaning, lawn and property maintenance, landscape design and installation, ground-level tree trimming, touch-up painting, and hauling. Along with the required fieldwork, participants spend at least two hours a day in the classroom, focusing on resume writing, job-search strategies, effective communication, job interviewing, dressing for the work place, computer literacy, and budgeting.

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

$150,000
Towson, MD

For support of the Maryland House of Correction Inmate Deconstruction Project, an inmate workforce development training program. The project provides 50 inmates with training in occupational safety and the removal of hazardous materials. Fourteen buildings are slated for deconstruction.

Maryland New Directions

$120,000
Timonium, MD

Toward support of the Career Focus job-training program, which is set to reach 300 unemployed Baltimore City job seekers. Each client in the employment readiness program receives approximately 10 hours of individual consultation on resume writing, benefits screening, counseling, and interview practice.

Mosaic Community Services

$136,675
Timonium, MD

For continued support of employment services at the North Baltimore Center for 100 Baltimore City residents challenged by mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The program screens vocational clients to determine which benefits are available to them. It expects to place 55 individuals into employment.

Rose Street Community Center

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of drug treatment and training programs. The center serves more than 120 people a week, providing transitional housing for an average of 45 to 60 people each week, many of whom are ex-offenders. Those who live in the transitional houses participate in daily community cleanups, removing nine tons of trash from the neighborhood each week. The center also provides gang mediation services to more than 50 youth each week, and operates a homeless shelter for youth ages 12 to 17.

Seedco

$75,000
New York, NY

For expansion and continued support of EarnBenefits Baltimore, a web-based tool that helps 4,000 low-wage workers and individuals access federal, state, and city benefits and income support programs.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Capital funding toward the establishment of a state-of-the-art training kitchen for the Next Course culinary arts program. The facility includes a classroom, offices, meeting room, reception area, lockers, and kitchen. Graduates of the Next Course prepare more than 5,000 meals a day through the Kidz Table social enterprise.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Learn to Earn Program, a job-training and placement program for 300 participants at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. The program provides specialized training in child care, medical terminology, certified nursing assistance, and culinary arts.

The Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.

$25,000
Washington, DC

Toward continued support of a workforce development initiative to provide paid internships to 30 Baltimore youth aging out of foster care. The alliance serves two cohorts over a six-month period. The goal is for 75 youth to be placed into unsubsidized employment, or to be enrolled in post-secondary education or a training program.

The WorkFirst Foundation

$400,000
New York, NY

For continued support of the Baltimore Ex-Offender Re-entry Employment Program for America Works of Maryland participants. The program offers two-week training sessions, enrolling ex-offenders and those recently released from prison, and then placing them into employment.

Vehicles for Change, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the purchase, renovation, and related expenses of a new location for expansion of the Vehicles for Change initiative, which provides six cars per month to low-income persons in Baltimore City.

Vehicles for Change, Inc.

$80,500
Baltimore, MD

For continuation and expansion of an initiative to provide 35 donated, repaired, and Maryland-inspected cars to low-income persons in Baltimore City. To be eligible to purchase a used reconditioned car, a low-income owner must reside in Baltimore City, have a job or a job offer, and need a car for employment purposes.

Year Up Baltimore

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward continued support and expansion of the Year Up Baltimore Program, which provides 80 young adults in Baltimore City with a year of IT (information technology) training. Year Up students earn 25 college credits at Baltimore City Community College, and are placed in paid internships with local partner companies to gain work experience in IT.

Health & Human Services

ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Regional Housing Equity Project, designed to provide African-American families with the opportunity to move to low-poverty areas in the surrounding counties and in Baltimore City, where they can expect to enjoy safer neighborhoods, better schools, and increased access to job opportunities. As the result of a partial settlement of the Thompson v. HUD lawsuit in 1996, and with assistance from the housing mobility program, more than 2,000 inner-city families from public housing projects have been able to move throughout the region. A final settlement of the lawsuit in 2012 will enable 2,600 additional families to move to neighborhoods that offer better opportunities.

Adoptions Together, Inc.

$299,859
Silver Spring, MD

For continued support of the Family Find Step Down Project, which is committed to achieving permanency for 135 children who are currently in Baltimore City foster care. Working closely with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, Adoptions Together identifies and recruits family members and others who may be interested in adoption, and provides placement, preparation, and post-placement counseling and support services.

Advocates for Children and Youth

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward continued support of staffing and activities that will improve the outcomes of Baltimore City children in the child welfare system. Priorities include increasing in-house services for at-risk families in order to prevent the removal of children from the home; providing input and guidance to Maryland's Alternative Response practice model; and conducting an analysis of girls involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Advocates for Children and Youth

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward costs of a campaign to educate youth transitioning out of foster care about health insurance available to them. The campaign will inform decision-makers about a provision of the new Affordable Care Act, which extends health insurance to former foster youth until they reach age 26.

Associates of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the salary of a full-time Children's Environmental Health Specialist who is working with the Maryland Environmental Health Network. The specialist's focus is on improving environmental practices in Baltimore City Public Schools, and developing health education content that will be included in the environmental literacy curriculum.

Baltimore City Health Department

$164,248
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Asthma Program, including an evaluation of a model program that provides home-visiting services to children with the most severe asthma. The evaluation analyzes Medicaid cost data related to the asthma home-visiting program to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of the model.

Baltimore City Health Department

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Adolescent & Reproductive Health LARCs (longᆳacting reversible contraception) Project, in an effort to reduce unintended pregnancies among women and teens who are uninsured and ineligible for insurance.

Baltimore City Health Department

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, a multi-agency collaboration and partnership that aims to improve reproductive health services available to young people, reduce teen births, and improve family-planning services.

Baltimore City Health Department

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the costs of computer equipment and related expenses for the Electronic Health Record System of the School Health Program. The purpose of the initiative is to integrate Baltimore City Public Schools' record system with an electronic health record module, and then integrate both into a new information management system. The process will enable the Health Department to conduct research on the impact of health care on academic achievement.

Baltimore Medical System, Inc.

$110,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of an Asthma Improvement Project for 1,500 students in four Baltimore City Public Schools. The objectives are to provide health education and care coordination, control asthma symptoms, reduce the use of rescue medications, and improve school attendance.

Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Baltimore Stars Basketball Program for inner-city boys ages 8 to 17. Staffed by volunteers, the program provides opportunities for the boys to compete in AAU state and national basketball tournaments. The program teaches basketball skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship; provides mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation; and encourages achievement and positive behavior.

Catholic Charities

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of eviction prevention and utility assistance programs administered by The Samaritan Center. The funds provide direct financial assistance to more than 500 low-income households at risk for homelessness or loss of utility services.

Druid Heights Community Development Corporation

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward operating support for the Urban Youth Initiative Project, a year-round after-school educational and enrichment program that serves 35 children five days a week. The goal is to increase academic achievement and self-confidence; instill values of individual responsibility, self-respect, and self-discipline; and encourage parental involvement.

East Baltimore Development, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of an Adolescent Behavioral Health Partnership to be implemented by Elev8 Baltimore, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Elev8 provides a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction intervention, designed to improve students' skills for coping with trauma and anxiety, to 400 middle school students. The project includes a behavioral assessment system that identifies students in need of behavioral health support services.

Food Research & Action Center

$38,000
Washington, DC

Two grants toward continued support of the Maryland Hunger Solutions' pilot project, designed to increase the capacity of Baltimore City farmers' markets. This will allow the sellers to accept federal food benefit payments through EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards and the "Baltimore Bucks" incentive program.

Franciscan Center

$191,000
Baltimore, MD

For general support of programs providing services to families in crisis. Services include case management, financial assistance to prevent evictions, hot lunches, a food pantry, clothing, toiletries, transportation, and assistance with obtaining prescription drugs.

Good Shepherd Center

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward renovation costs of the student courtyard at Good Shepherd Center, a residential facility that provides services to troubled adolescents ages 13 to 21 who are suffering from severe emotional and behavioral problems. The renovated courtyard serves as a therapeutic open space for use by residents, families, visitors, and staff.

Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of staffing and litigation costs of the Permanent Supportive Housing initiative, which advocates on behalf of homeless, disabled clients seeking permanent housing.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Preconception Women's Health and Pediatrics initiative for low-income women in Baltimore City. The initiative includes a needs assessment, the development of a preconception care protocol, evaluations of the impact of the protocol on short-term and long-term outcomes for mothers, and an assessment of cost effectiveness.

Loving Arms, Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward operating costs of N.R. House, a residential program for homeless runaway youth and young adults. The goal is to transition the youth and young adults to safe, stable permanent homes by providing counseling and case management, and teaching life and communication skills.

Manna House, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

For the salary of a coordinator to recruit volunteers to assist in serving 200 clients every day.

Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of education regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which provides health insurance coverage to the uninsured.

Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For funding of the Voluntary Service Navigator model, part of a Department of Human Resources pilot project designed to transition 35 young adults from the Baltimore City foster care system to independent living. The center is training volunteers who will be matched with a client and receive one-on-one mentoring.

Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

$20,000
Columbia, MD

For continued support to provide dental services for up to 675 low-income and disabled persons participating in the Donated Dental Services program.

Parks & People Foundation

$98,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Hooked on Sports program serving Baltimore City Public School students in grades four through 12 in after-school sports and recreational activities. Participants are taught the fundamentals of playing organized sports, and the value of teamwork and fair play. To be eligible, students must earn a minimum "C" average, maintain 90 percent school attendance, and undertake a community service project.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc.

$151,750
Baltimore, MD

A two-year grant toward support of a Baltimore City birth control initiative titled "Provision of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Methods for High-Need Clients." The initiative provides family planning services and access to LARC methods to 470 low-income Baltimore City women.

Reach Out and Read

$50,000
Boston, MA

Toward the salary of a Program Director for the Greater Baltimore School Readiness Project, and for the purchase of books to implement a one-on-one literacy tutoring project for 160 students in grades K through five in four Title 1 schools in Baltimore City. The project recruits and trains volunteers to work with students twice a week for a minimum of 16 hours. It aims to have students reading closer to grade level by the end of the school year.

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