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Past Grants

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

Health & Human Services

South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc.

$24,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of operating costs of the food pantry, which serves more than 250 clients per month, and for a program that serves up to 50 clients per month to help prevent utility turn-off.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center

$32,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of The Power Project, an after-school educational, mentoring, and arts program for 30 at-risk youth, ages 5-18, in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. The goal is to increase academic achievement and self-confidence of children participating in the program.

Tahirih Justice Center

$50,000
Falls Church, VA

Toward operating support of pro bono legal and case management services for up to 79 immigrant women and girls in Baltimore City fleeing gender-based violence. The center also conducts training sessions for attorneys, police officers, judges, and social and health service providers.

The Samaritan Community

$18,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward continued support of the Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance programs, which serve families threatened with shortages of food, and having difficulty paying rent and utility bills. The staff works with each client to identify and address issues that lead to unemployment, addiction, and mental health disorders.

The Shepherds Clinic

$105,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for continued support toward costs of providing primary and specialty health care to uninsured persons in Baltimore City through a network of volunteer physicians and a relationship with Union Memorial Hospital. Shepherd's Clinic anticipates serving 2,500 uninsured Baltimore City residents.

United Way of Central Maryland

$183,750
Baltimore, MD

To provide rent subsidies for 75 homeless men and women in the transitional employment program of The Journey Home (Baltimore City's 10-year plan to end homelessness).

United Way of Central Maryland

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the costs of a housing case manager to serve homeless clients participating in the Journey Home transitional employment program.

University of Maryland School of Medicine

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Child Abuse and Maltreatment Prevention Program, an intervention program designed to involve pediatricians in identifying and addressing risk factors for child maltreatment. The Multidisciplinary Team, including representatives from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, meets bi-weekly to make recommendations for services designed to prevent abuse and reduce the number of reports to Child Protective Services.

Y of Central Maryland

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the eight-week New Horizons II Summer Camp for Homeless Youth in Baltimore City. The experience provides life-skills development, academic activities, enrichment projects, and paid employment, along with courses in financial literacy and individualized case management

Community Development

1000 Friends of Maryland

$200,000
Baltimore, MD

Funding to advance comprehensive land use and transportation policy reform at state and local levels. 1000 Friends focuses on a public agenda that encourages the redevelopment of existing communities and preservation of Maryland's open space, agricultural land, and forests, through several strategies that include restricting the development of new septic systems, holding Maryland accountable to meet pollution-reduction goals, reforming estate tax for farming families, and investing in local transportation systems.

A New Faith Community

$25,300
Baltimore, MD

Toward costs related to the installation of a peace garden at the Clay Pots Tutoring Center, an adult literacy and GED program in West Baltimore. By removing a building in disrepair and replacing it with an outdoor garden, the center will offer green space and an outdoor meeting place.

Adopt A Block, Inc.

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the purchase of building materials for Compassion Commission, a youth-driven program in the Greenmount West community in East Baltimore. Once a property is renovated, it is typically donated to a long-time resident of the neighborhood who has never owned a home but has a track record of community service.

Audubon Maryland DC

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

In support of a bird habitat at the Audubon Center in Patterson Park, a part of the Atlantic Flyway for migrating birds. To further engage local residents and five local schools, Audubon offers adult education programs and bird-monitoring projects for local youth, as well as additional education in bird migration and the park's role in the Flyway.

B&O Railroad Museum

$160,000
Baltimore, MD

To fund security for the museum campus, including the erection of perimeter fencing, installation of security cameras and lighting, and security guard expenses. These physical improvements and security upgrades are designed to create a positive impression of a child- and family-oriented museum in a community that has recently experienced an increase in vandalism.

Baltimore City Department of Planning

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Decision Modeling Tool for Vacant Structure Demolition and Redevelopment Project. A partnership between the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Sustainability will use the funds to develop a more efficient method of organizing data that identifies potential for nonresidential reuse of vacant properties and lots, and assists in targeting limited demolition resources where they may have the greatest effect.

Baltimore Community ToolBank

$33,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward Tools for Change expenses related to outreach, fundraising, and staffing. The goal of the expansion effort is to enroll 200-member nonprofit agencies, equip 10,000 volunteers, and lend $180,000 worth of tools to charitable organizations.

Baltimore Neighborhood Collaboration/ABAG

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation Services initiative, awarding grants, expanding capacity, providing skills training, and undertaking policy research to support neighborhood revitalization through community development.

Baltimore Office of Sustainability

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Baltimore Energy Challenge. Through education outreach, this challenge encourages residents, institutions, and businesses to reduce energy usage by 15 percent by the year 2015.

Baltimore Public Markets Corporation

$99,854
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Get Fresh Public Markets initiative, which encourages food vendors to change carryout menus to include healthy, affordable foods.

Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward the purchase and renovation of a vacant, foreclosed building to create a permanent headquarters for the organization in Southeast Baltimore. The headquarters will enable Banner Neighborhoods to improve access and deliver more programs and services to the community.

Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Home Maintenance Program. This intervention, which provides no- or low-cost home improvements to 138 elderly, low-income homeowners in Southeast Baltimore, allows senior and disabled homeowners to remain in their homes.

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

$50,000
Hyattsville, MD

Toward a statewide campaign designed to educate voters about the Maryland DREAM Act, in an effort to ensure higher-education access for all Maryland youth who meet the criteria. Outcomes include support for immigrants' rights, alliances between African-American and immigrant communities, and an increase in the number of young people going to college.

Charles Village Community Foundation, Inc.

$132,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Public Safety Surveillance Project, which provides installation of 12 cameras for security of the streets and public areas in the Greater Charles Village area. The project is expected to reduce robberies, assaults, and burglaries; increase the rate of apprehended suspects; and improve response time for victims.

Charles Village Community Foundation, Inc.

$50,195
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Targeted Safety Patrol Project, a pilot project designed to expand the deployment of patrols in targeted areas on Friday and Saturday nights. Officers on duty will each use a Trikke EV, a three-wheeled electric transport vehicle, to patrol the area.

Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.

$115,000
Baltimore, MD

For the implementation of a strategy designed to engage neighborhoods in an effort to reduce the number of liquor outlets in nonconforming establishments in Baltimore City.

CivicWorks

$228,140
Baltimore, MD

Two-year funding for support of the Real Food Farm, an operation for growing food, workforce training, and student education in Clifton Park. Civic Works' focus is to expand production and self-sufficiency of farm operations, and to implement a schedule of improvements that includes a reliable water source; an all-season shed for washing, preparing, and processing produce; a farm tractor; and volunteers for farm tasks. Civic Works anticipates that the number of students participating in educational programs or volunteering will increase from 1,400 to 2,000 students, and seven AmeriCorps workers will be trained each year.

CivicWorks

$13,361
Baltimore, MD

Two grants to provide for an AmeriCorps member to spend a summer on the Real Food Farm.

Civil Justice, Inc.

$90,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Fraudulent Tax Preparers Project, in an effort to reduce violations of Maryland legislation. In partnership with the Maryland CASH Campaign, the project will develop and implement a public relations and educational program in Baltimore designed to educate the public on market-rate tax preparation fees and services. Cases will be filed to test legislation that limits fraudulent actions by predatory tax preparers.

Community Law Center, Inc. (CLC)

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of a project seeking to help defray costs of legal remedies for Baltimore neighborhoods suffering from property neglect.

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

$80,000
Baltimore, MD

For continued support of the Senior Home Repair and Modification Program. This comprehensive program, which serves 75 to 100 low-income, physically impaired homeowners in Northwest Baltimore, provides assistance in accessing social services and benefits.

Emerging Technology Centers, Inc.

$160,000
Baltimore, MD

For expenses toward the second year of the Accelerate Baltimore competition. These venture-investment awards go to six entrepreneurs and early-stage companies committed to moving to Baltimore.

Emerging Technology Centers, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward Phase III of the Project Gado robotic scanning technology. The ongoing project continues day-to-day scanning at Afro-American Newspapers so that archives are accessible to scholars, researchers, and the community.

Friends of Patterson Park, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward continued support of the Membership Development Project, and the hiring of a facilitator for the Patterson Park Master Plan Working Group. The working group addresses key capital projects, and identifies and provides funding for priority projects in the master plan.

Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

For the purchase and installation of fencing for Exeter Gardens in the Historic Jonestown neighborhood. This project is designed to create an opportunity for reuse of a vacant lot for students to learn about gardening, and to encourage residents' stewardship.

Future Harvest CASA

$20,000
Fairplay, MD

Toward continued support of the Beginner Farmer Training Program for Baltimore City residents. Objectives include providing educational support and mentoring for trainees to pursue a career path in farming, and increasing the number of farmers and the amount of sustainably grown produce for local communities.

Greater Baltimore AHC, Inc.

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Greater Baltimore Affordable Housing Corporation's Asset Building Campaign. The pilot is designed to increase residents' knowledge of household financial management, in an effort to eliminate costly check-cashing and bill-paying services.

Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Inc.

$250,000
Baltimore, MD

For homebuyer incentives to encourage 10 Baltimore City teachers and/ or police officers to live in renovated houses in the Remington neighborhood. This initiative addresses the vacant housing issue through the purchase of new homes and renovation of older ones, and the objective of stabilizing the neighborhood.

Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Inc.

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

To support the hiring of three staff members for the Schools and Neighborhoods Program, in an effort to encourage families to choose neighborhood public schools. By encouraging homeowners to invest in low-interest bank loans for home improvement, the effort is expected to improve the image, physical condition, and appeal of neighborhoods in the vicinity of Margaret Brent and Waverly elementary schools.

Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

General support for activities of 41 Baltimore City neighborhoods targeted for revitalization. Goals include marketing a new $23 million loan pool, completing the sale of 100 foreclosed/abandoned properties, and supporting neighborhood-based school partnerships.

Humanim, Inc.

$8,150
Baltimore, MD

To build and test prototype equipment for algae production to be used in a fish farming operation. The objective is to test whether effluent (nutrient-rich discharge water from sewer systems) can be converted into a productive food source for farm-raised fish through small-scale algae production.

Innovation Housing Institute

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward an initiative that supports housing linked to good schools with access to employment, and offers affordable public transportation. By developing a Regional Housing Plan, the initiative intends to address barriers to residential mobility, and expand affordable housing opportunities within the region.

Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies

$8,000
Baltimore, MD

Two grants for the 2012 and 2013 Abell Awards in Urban Policy, presented annually to an undergraduate student who writes the most compelling paper on a pressing problem facing Baltimore City and crafts a recommendation for addressing the issue.

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

$149,753
Baltimore, MD

For support of the Healthy Stores Initiative, "Improving the Baltimore City Food Environment Through Structural Incentives to Small Food Sources." The initiative involves contacting 75 carry-out and corner stores who will be asked to provide a greater range of affordable healthy foods through the use of marketing strategies that include quality signage, fresh-produce display units, upgraded refrigeration units and lighting, and updated shelving. Data will be collected to determine results.

MarylandReporter.com

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of an investigation and a series of articles on Maryland's pension system. It is expected that the series of articles will engage policymakers and other government officials in discussions of the problems that have led to Maryland's pension crisis.

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Inc.

$45,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward support of the Reservoir Hill Healthy Foods Initiative at the Whitelock Community Farm. With the addition of two full-time staff positions, a farm manager, and a team coordinator, the initiative will increase the cultivation of diverse products and community access to healthy foods.

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Inc.

$35,000
Baltimore, MD

Capital funding toward support of Phase II of the German Park restoration.

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Capital funding toward renovations for the expansion of programs and counseling services.

The Baltimore Free Store/Fusion Partnerships

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward expenses related to the Baltimore Free Store's relocation to a larger storefront. Once relocated, this all-volunteer organization, which partners with local social services and community-based agencies, will be able to reach a large group of potential clients and redistribute more donated goods.

The Community Power Network

$35,000
Washington, DC

Toward efforts to develop two community solar projects in Baltimore City designed to demonstrate the potential of solar renewable sources accessible to city residents. These two solar installations will be constructed over a newly installed walk-in cooler at the Civic Works' Real Food Farm and on a replacement roof of a Baltimore City Public School.

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Toward recruitment and staffing costs of 30 new behavioral biologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and neuroscientists to be employed by the Lieber Institute at the Johns Hopkins Science and Technology Park.

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