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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2012.
University of Maryland
For support of graduate research toward a plan to reduce fish kills in the Baltimore Harbor, using controlled algae production. The pilot algal turf scrubber has been designed to remove nutrients, which may be recycled as feedstock for biofuels and fertilizer.
Venture For America
To fund the employment of 10 college graduates in start-up and early-stage companies in Baltimore City, with the expectation that these graduates will found or contribute to the growth of Baltimore-based start-up companies.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
Toward support of the Chase Pier Waterfalls and Constructed Wetland Project, in an effort to make the Baltimore Harbor safe for swimming and fishing by 2020. The goal of the project is to transform an obsolete, deteriorating structure into a water sculpture, and create awareness of pollution threats to public health.
Waverly Main Street
For continued support of technical services, sanitation, a master-plan process, and revitalization of the Waverly commercial district. This grant supplements funding from the Main Street Program to begin the second phase of the Waverly Master Plan.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
A Step Forward, Inc.
For code-compliant improvements of a community kitchen to enhance a faith-based transitional housing facility in West Baltimore for eight men in treatment for substance abuse.
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For support of an initiative to promote reforms for children and families in the Baltimore and Maryland criminal justice systems. The ACLU continues to work on the monitoring of arrests and to advocate for changes designed to reduce incarceration rates for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Challenge grant toward expansion of the Hand in Hand pre-release and re-entry program for juveniles in Baltimore City. The intent of the program is to ensure that participants are enrolled in an educational program and attain employment within a month of release, and that 80 percent of participants receive their GEDs within 18 months of enrollment.
American Friends Service Committee
Toward support of the Baltimore Friend of a Friend Program, designed for ex-offenders returning to Baltimore City. The goal of the re-entry program is to reduce violent infractions and recidivism through six months of conflict resolution training prior to release.
Baltimore City Health Department
For support of Safe Streets East and Safe Streets Cherry Hill, in an effort to reduce gun-related violence in Baltimore City. These programs rely on community leaders to intervene in conflicts using mediation and the promotion of alternatives to violence.
Behavioral Health Leadership Institute, Inc.
Two grants toward support of the Buprenorphine Initiative at Dee's Place and Recovery In Community. Over the course of the year, the institute, which serves approximately 220 individuals, will monitor the number of clients who have been successfully treated and those who require ongoing treatment.
Dayspring Programs, Inc.
To fund repointing of an historic three-story school building, in an effort to provide 18 permanent housing units, space for residential treatment, Head Start classrooms, and administrative offices that will allow Dayspring to expand services to homeless and addicted women and their families.
Gaudenzia Foundation, Inc.
Toward construction costs of the Women and Children's Center, a long-term residential treatment facility. The remodeling is part of Gaudenzia's new three-story home that accommodates 18 women and their children in 10 permanent housing apartments.
Helping Up Mission, Inc.
Toward the replacement of all beds, mattresses, cabinets, and carpeting in this residential facility for homeless men recovering from substance abuse. The strategy has been designed to eliminate the infestation of bed bugs.
House of Change, Inc.
Two grants for expenses related to three housing facilities that serve individuals in recovery. These expenses include security deposits, rent, gas and electric, water, cable and telephone services, and purchases of furniture.
Institutes for Behavioral Resources
Toward capital renovations for the expansion of the R.E.A.C.H. mobile drug abuse treatment program, which provides comprehensive health-care services addressing physical, mental, and substance abuse concerns. By increasing the capacity of its fourth-floor treatment center, the program will be able to add outpatient services.
Jobs, Housing & Recovery, Inc. (JHR)
Toward the salary of an additional full-time Homeless Services Coordinator at the JHR Housing Resource Center. This coordinator will ensure a 30 percent increase in client contacts, and result in "needs assessments" and referrals for 80 percent of clients seeking services.
Marian House, Inc.
Two-year funding for support of transitional housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children. Marian House provides intensive services to ensure that residents benefit from recovery programs, tutoring, and GED preparation. It also aims to provide services that result in gainful employment and placement in permanent housing.
Mayor's Office of Information Technology
For the development and implementation of the CitiWatch Community Partnership program. The two components of this program include building a database of information gathered by security cameras for use in subsequent criminal investigations, and marketing the program to the community.
For costs of operating and renovating a facility that provides supportive housing for 10 men recovering from substance abuse. Services include job assistance, NA/AA meetings, and counseling.
Project PLASE, Inc.
Capital funding toward the development of Beacon House Square in the St. Joseph's Monastery school building, which will provide homeless adults with housing that includes 60 transitional and 30 permanent units. The consolidation of apartments into one 60,000-square-foot facility reduces costs and increases the overall efficiency of program delivery.
Recovery in Community
To provide outreach services and housing placement for clients recovering from substance abuse. Recovery In Community will provide three months of transitional housing for up to 35 clients who now live in nonsupportive environments. The program will continue to recruit and engage clients in treatment through canvassing on the streets and linkages to other agencies.
Safe House of Hope
Toward the establishment of a Drop-In Center for victims of sex trafficking in the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay neighborhood.
The Light of Truth Center, Inc.
For additional costs related to the installation of a sprinkler system for a housing facility serving eight women recovering from addiction.
Continued support toward operating expenses that will provide outreach, support services, emergency shelter, and transitional housing for 125 Baltimore City women who are victims of sex trafficking. Efforts will be made to create statewide victim identification and response protocols.
United Ministries, Inc.
Two-year funding for continued support of Earl's Place Transitional Housing Project, which serves 17 homeless men recovering from addiction each year. The grant covers the salary of a director of development.
Toward general operating costs of a transitional housing program that provides substance abuse treatment services to 87 Baltimore City men each year living in the two houses. The objective is to achieve a 75 percent rate of completion of the 12-step facilitation program.
1000 Friends of Maryland
Two-year funding for the continued support of staffing and expenses related to the Partners for Open Space campaign. The campaign advocates holding intact funding dedicated to the state real estate transfer tax fund earmarked for conservation projects.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
For continued staffing support and expansion of the Maryland Healthy Communities campaign in collaboration with the Environmental Integrity Project. The goals are to ensure that Maryland's environmental laws are enforced, Maryland Department of Environment programs are meeting federal standards, and the decision-making process is transparent.
Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center, Inc.
Toward continued support of the Restore the Chesapeake Bay campaign. The focus of the campaign is to provide research-based reports that call attention to relevant problems of urban and farm runoff pollution, organize press conferences, and mobilize grassroots support for effective policies to reduce pollution.
Environmental Integrity Project (EIP)
For continued support of the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay/Hawkins Point Environmental Justice Campaign. EIP will conduct additional research to determine the precise locations of air pollution sources, such as emissions from petroleum storage tanks, ships, and equipment at the Port of Baltimore. EIP will also continue to negotiate permits with Constellation Energy to secure binding terms for the new coal ash landfill in the Curtis Bay area, and work to address heavy diesel traffic pollution infiltrating the neighborhoods.
Maryland Environmental Service
For project management activities to help facilitate the design and construction of a thermophilic anaerobic digester near the Eastern Correctional Institution Cogeneration facility in Somerset County, in an effort to convert excess poultry litter into methane biogas, a form of renewable energy. This facility will provide an alternative use of poultry litter and provide a source of clean, renewable energy "scalable" to the available feedstock.
Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
To strengthen Maryland's environmental voice by educating voters on priority public policy issues. These issues include open space funding, transportation, offshore wind energy, and storm water management. The league will rely extensively on email alerts, its website, blogging, and social networking, in an effort to engage its base of 241,000 online environmental activists.
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy
Toward support of the Water Quality Monitoring Program, for the Choptank River, the Tred Avon River, the Miles and Wye rivers, and the Eastern Bay. More than 50 trained volunteers are engaged in the extensive water-monitoring program, which tests 84 sites bi-monthly to detect hot spots, illegal discharges, farm runoff, septic tank leakages, erosion sediment, and algae blooms. Findings are included in the conservancy's second annual report and incorporated into the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan for Talbot, Kent, and Caroline counties.
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Toward support of Free Fall, an initiative that allows 91 small and emerging arts and cultural organizations with budgets of $300,000 or less, to offer more than 300 free programs and events. A publicity program has increased the visibility of these organizations.
Museum of Ceramic Art
For support of the 2012-2013 ceramic art programs in 44 Baltimore City middle schools. Now in its 19th year, the program is a free in-school and after-school arts program that encourages school attendance and aims to improve academic achievement.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For 2013 membership dues.