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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2011.
Health & Human Services
Pimlico Road Youth Program
For support of the after-school program and summer camp serving at-risk children and youth in the Pimlico/Park Heights community. The program operates five days a week and provides support for homework, reading, arts activities, computers, Spanish, general science, technology, engineering, and math. A hot meal is provided daily.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
For support of a research project looking at barriers to the development of affordable housing in racially and economically integrated areas in Maryland, focusing on the state's administration of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.
Sandi's Learning Center
Toward support of a year-round after-school and summer program focusing on educational and art enrichment activities for up to 40 at-risk children and youth in the Rosemont community of West Baltimore. The center stays in contact with the children's teachers to monitor any academic or behavior issues, and provides tutoring and supportive services, if necessary.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc.
For continued support of operating costs of the food pantry and the energy assistance program. The center, open Monday through Thursday, serves approximately 300 households per month, providing food; clothing; toiletries; and financial assistance to prevent utility terminations, and to purchase prescription medications.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center
Toward support of The Power Project, an after-school educational, mentoring, and arts program for 30 at-risk youth, ages five to 18, in Reservoir Hill. An academic and social-needs assessment is conducted for each child at enrollment and an individualized plan is created with short-term and long-term goals, along with incentives to help achieve the goals.
Take Back The City, Inc.
For support of the Winning Teams Mentoring Program, serving middle and high school students in Baltimore City public schools. By matching up to 60 middle and high school students with up to 12 college students trained by the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, the mentors provide mentees with ongoing support and encouragement, leading to graduation from high school and admission into college.
The Northeast Youth Association
Three grants for expenses related to the Northeast Football League serving at-risk youth in Baltimore City.
The Samaritan Community
Toward support of the Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance programs for families experiencing food insecurity, and/or difficulty paying rent and utility bills. The center's staff works with each client to address issues that lead to unemployment, addiction, and mental health disorders, and makes referrals to other agencies, when needed, to address client needs.
The Shepherd's Clinic
For continued support toward costs of providing primary and specialty health care to uninsured adults in Baltimore City. The clinic delivers high-quality care to approximately 2,500 patients through an extensive network of volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health-care providers, and is linked with Union Memorial Hospital's resources.
Towson University Foundation
For continued support of the Oral Health Intervention Program serving up to 200 homeless persons at the Helping Up Mission. Students and faculty from the University of Maryland Dental School conduct on-site oral health screenings with follow-up care provided at the dental school. Towson University nursing students provide oral health education and case management assistance to ensure that clients get to their follow-up appointments. The work is undertaken by volunteer dentists, dental students, and nursing students.
United Way of Central Maryland
Toward support of initiatives of The Journey Home, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Baltimore City. Children's program coordinators will be hired to provide school-readiness services to children residing in Baltimore shelters. Included are parental support, assistance with preschool and school enrollment, and monitoring to ensure that the children are receiving appropriate educational services. Adult employment programs will be established at three emergency shelters to provide job readiness, and temporary employment for 75 homeless persons.
Action In Maturity, Inc.
To provide dedicated transportation services to low-income senior citizens in Baltimore City. The services include fixed routes, connecting seniors to grocery stores, medical centers, post offices, and banks on a weekly schedule.
Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development
For support of a pilot project within the Weatherization Assistance Program to assist low-income families to access benefits and services.
Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development
Toward support of the Green and Healthy Homes pilot program, which focuses on energy savings.
Baltimore City Department of Planning
Two-year funding for the implementation of the Food Policy Task Force recommendations. Initiatives include strategies to increase access to healthy, affordable food particularly in the "food deserts" in underserved neighborhoods in Baltimore City. By working with community partners, the Food Policy Director will support the development of the Virtual Supermarket, an online order and delivery service; expansion of farmers' markets; revitalization of public markets to offer fresh local produce; development of a food circulator bus providing transportation for public housing residents to grocery stores and farmers' markets; and maintenance of urban agricultural production and distribution.
Baltimore Community ToolBank
Seed funding for the implementation of the Baltimore Community ToolBank, a program that lends tools to community-based nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, and others involved in greening activities. By having access to tools, neighborhood organizations will be able to engage more volunteers, and undertake larger and more ambitious projects.
Baltimore Development Corporation
For continued support of administrative expenses of Maglev Maryland, a program to develop a magnetic levitation high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington. When fully operational, the travel time between the two cities will be less than 20 minutes.
Baltimore Efficiency & Economy Foundation, Inc.
For support of the Foreclosure Project, designed to develop systems that would support foreclosure prevention activities and to assist those who are already in foreclosure.
Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative/ABAG
For continued support of the Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation Services initiative in an effort to strengthen the capacity of community development organizations in targeted neighborhoods.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
For continued support of the Home Maintenance Program. By providing minor home repairs and regular inspections, Banner Neighborhoods enables more than 130 elderly, low-income homeowners in Southeast Baltimore to remain in their homes.
Belair Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
For continued support of neighborhood revitalization through pre- and post-homeownership counseling, financial education, and marketing efforts.
Charles Village Community Foundation, Inc.
Toward the enhancement of solid waste management services in the greater Charles Village area. The effort is designed to eliminate trash and blight within a 100-block area.
Challenge grant toward renovations of Civic Works' headquarters at the historic Clifton Mansion. By addressing long overdue building deficiencies and improvements in security issues, Civic Works intends to attract more interest, investment, and community activity in Clifton Park and surrounding neighborhoods.
For continued support of Project Lightbulb, an energy conservation program for residents of the Coldstream Homestead Montebello and Belair Edison neighborhoods. The goal, over a four-year period, is to implement the project in 4,000 houses in neighborhoods within Baltimore City. The program offers free home energy education and energy-saving assistance to low-income households. Trained AmeriCorps members implement practical strategies to combat rising energy costs, including hot water heater and water pipe insulation; light bulb replacements with fluorescent bulbs; installation of carbon monoxide detectors, and low-flow showerheads and faucets; and the setting of thermostat temperatures.
Toward support and expansion of the Neighborhoods for All Ages program for senior homeowners in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello and Belair Edison neighborhoods. The objectives of the program are to assist 100 low-income senior households with access to income benefits and entitlement services, to stabilize housing, and to enhance homeowner equity.
Community Law Center, Inc. (CLC)
Community Law Center, in collaboration with Citizens Planning and Housing Association, seeks legal remedies for Baltimore neighborhoods that are bearing the cost of property neglect. By bringing increased attention to the issue of vacant properties effects and solutions CLC will help communities become more proactive and knowledgeable about how to address their legal problems.ﾠﾠ
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
For support of a design competition for the 100 Light Street parking garage. The purpose of the competition is to engage the artistic and design community in presenting ideas for the visual enhancement of the facility.
Emerging Technology Centers, Inc.
For expenses related to a competition for early stage venture investment awards to four entrepreneurs and their companies that will move to Baltimore City and remain for five years.
Food Research & Action Center
Two grants toward continued support of the Maryland Hunger Solutions' pilot project. The project will allow Baltimore City farmers' markets to accept federal food benefit payments through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. The intent of this effort is to ensure that more Baltimore City residents will have access to fresh produce from local farms.
Friends of Patterson Park, Inc.
Toward support of the Membership Development Project to increase member support and participation, and fund increased demand for programming and services.
Greater Baltimore Committee
For support of the Power Plant Video Projection Feature, a pilot program designed to demonstrate the potential for a permanent attraction of video displays on buildings in the Inner Harbor.
Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
For general support of community activities in neighborhoods targeted for revitalization. In partnership with banks, government agencies, community organizations, and other foundations, Healthy Neighborhoods provides grants to neighborhoods for marketing, community organizing, and development projects designed to preserve and improve real estate values. It offers below-market loans for home improvements and homeownership, as well as homeownership counseling, technical and architectural services, and construction management.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
Additional funding toward the renovation of the Northeast Market, including improving the interior and exterior appearance.
Innovation Alliance, Inc.
For support of a feasibility research study, "Canvas for Innovation," designed to convert existing industrial space into venues fostering innovative business models.
Johns Hopkins University
To provide two awards for the competitive Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development Program. The goal is to encourage scientists and researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Baltimore to promote technology transfer through the development of marketable products and services.
Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern
Toward Phase II of Project Gado, a robotic scanning technology initiative. By adopting a social enterprise model to build a revised, easier-to-assemble version of the robotic scanner, the project will digitize archival images, which will serve as primary sources for publishers, film-makers, and researchers. The scanned images can then be entered into a Web-enabled database system for eventual publishing online.
Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.
Toward support of planning and revitalization efforts in Central West Baltimore as part of the federal Choice Neighborhood Program. This initiative will provide representation from each of the neighborhoods working on community projects.
Toward the implementation of the Playful City USA program, an initiative to provide safe playgrounds for children in Baltimore City. Through the creation of a local play task commission, the project will design action plans for play, recruit volunteers to care for play spaces, and encourage families and their children to play outside.
Live Baltimore Home Center
Toward support of the Employer Outreach Campaign designed to increase the number of private and public employees owning or renting houses in Baltimore City. Working with the state, the center's outreach efforts will promote incentives to help employees purchase houses.
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Inc.
To conduct a study of Rent-to-Own stores in Baltimore City. The purpose of the study is to determine the extent of price gouging, false advertising or omission of facts, collection activities, harassment by collection agents, and defective goods. The report will recommend changes in existing state law that would protect consumers from abusive Rent-to-Own practices.
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
For support of the Mount Auburn Cemetery Project Clean Up in an effort to restore and preserve an historical landmark. Local community partners, collaborating with Morgan State University's Center for Museum and Historical Preservation, will train four to six prisoners in horticulture, groundskeeping, landscaping, and history, as well as how to create and engrave memorials.
Maryland Housing Counselors Network, Inc.
For support of the Housing Counselor Training Program in Baltimore City. The program, created in response to the demand for counseling in matters of foreclosure, provides nationally recognized training for the local housing industry in Maryland. The training includes the services of counselors with state-of-the-art foreclosure prevention tools, appropriate for helping clients achieve sustainable homeownership.
Maryland PIRG Foundation
For costs related to preparation of a report for the Smart Energy Solutions Program. The report will promote the need for the state to meet its goals for reducing the cost of energy to low-income users, and advocate for efficient use of energy and the reduction of pollutants.
Mi Casa, Inc.
Toward continued support of the Johnston Square Homeownership Project, a development, when completed, of 58 finished units. The objective is to transform vacant housing into energy-efficient and affordable homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
Midtown Community Benefits District, Inc.
Toward the purchase and installation of security/surveillance cameras to implement a state-of-the-art public safety initiative in the Bolton Hill, Charles North, Madison Park, and Mount Vernon neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.
Toward support of the Small Dollar Loan and Financial Literacy programs. Eight financial institutions have contributed to a $70,000 revolving loan fund to help borrowers who would otherwise access predatory or nontraditional sources.
Progressive Maryland Education Fund
For support of an education campaign, "Maryland's Fiscal Crisis and Its Impact on Working Families." The purpose of the 18-month education campaign and outreach strategy is to educate the public and policymakers about reductions in the state's budget and the potential for the elimination or reduction of public services.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore
For support of a program allowing for low-cost home repair services for 50 low-income senior and disabled homeowners, making it possible for them to remain in their homes in Baltimore City neighborhoods.
Southeast Community Development Corporation
Toward renovation costs of the former Highlandtown Enoch Pratt Free Library building to ensure its qualification as a Silver LEED certified building for affordable housing and commercial development. The organization will also increase its financial and homeownership counseling and asset building services.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
Toward staffing costs for the Foreclosure Prevention Program providing assistance in default mortgage counseling and offering legal service activities including pre-purchase and fair housing issues.