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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2011.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
Capital funding toward energy-efficient upgrades to 44 existing rental properties providing affordable housing to families in Baltimore City. The effort will provide energy cost relief to the low-income renters living in scattered site rental properties last renovated in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Door/Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation
Toward support of the Supplier Development Program, a pilot program to foster linkages between local suppliers of goods and services, and local institutional purchasers.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
To provide professional development training for 60 Baltimore City public school teachers to integrate science, nature, and conservation subject matter into the ZOOmobile outreach program, serving 1,200 pre-kindergarten children in Baltimore City.
The Woman's Industrial Exchange
For a full building systems analysis, energy-efficiency improvements, and renovations.
University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center
Toward a feasibility study of a beverage container deposit program in Maryland. The study will quantify the costs of litter, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with beverage containers; analyze potential incentive programs to divert containers from the waste streams; review experiences of other states; and recommend appropriate program components to maximize benefits for Maryland.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
Two-year funding toward start-up costs of an annual State of the Harbor report card. In collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore, the partnership will create a multi-site water quality data bank and produce a report on the water quality indicators in Baltimore's harbor and surrounding tributaries. In accordance with the Clean Water Act, data will be used to hold the city accountable for sewage overflows, and private owners for discharge and outfalls.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
Toward expansion of the floating wetlands project in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The pilot project is designed to help remove nutrients from the water; trap sediments and heavy metals; colonize and feed filter organisms; and provide shading, structure, and refuge for fish through root systems. By taking this step toward cleaner water, the partnership intends to inform and engage residents and visitors in gaining a better understanding of the appreciation for the bay's water quality.
Waverly Main Street
Toward a Master Plan and commercial district services to improve sanitation and the appearance of the Waverly commercial district.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
A Reason to Recover, Inc.
Two grants toward the purchase of a stove, and payment of rent and utilities, for a transitional housing facility serving homeless women recovering from substance abuse.
A Step Forward, Inc.
Challenge grant toward staffing costs for support of a transitional housing program designed to serve returning male and female ex-offenders who have a history of addiction. The program provides short- and long-term accommodations along with clinical case management, counseling, physical health referrals, mental health services, and a healthy meal plan.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Toward support of the Turn About Program, a transition program that provides re-entry services, case management, and self advocacy training for female ex-offenders. Women leaving prison can participate in the Turn About Program as a condition of their parole, while making a one-year commitment. As part of developing individualized plans, the participants receive a range of services including substance abuse treatment, parenting classes, job training, and GED classes.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Toward support of staffing for the Hand in Hand Baltimore mentoring/re-entry program serving juvenile male offenders charged as adults. The organization provides wrap-around mentoring, as well as mental health, academic, and job-training services leading to a successful transition. The goal is to work with 30 incarcerated youth in their pre-release program, and 15 in the re-entry program.
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc.
Toward the purchase and installation of exterior and interior wheelchair lifts to serve physically disabled women seeking housing and services at an emergency shelter.
Baltimore Police Foundationﾠ
For the purchase and operating costs of 145 Pocket Cops for new Baltimore City police officers in the Southern District. Pocket Cop is a software program operating through a wireless network that provides police with instant online access to relevant databases for issuing warrants.
Two grants toward the cost of renovations, a furnace, and a hot water heater, for a supportive housing facility serving women seeking recovery from drug addiction.
Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Toward expenses related to an evaluation of the Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative. The initiative was designed to provide buprenorphine along with either intensive out-patient (IOP) or out-patient (OP) counseling to address opioid addiction. The research seeks to determine the short-term effectiveness of the two counseling treatments after 12 months.
Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
Toward staffing costs of an assistant director for Power Inside, an organization offering services at the Baltimore City Detention Center and street outreach for women and girls who are living in poverty.
Maryland Addictions Directors Council
Toward support of the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative. The objectives of the initiative are to promote state and regulatory changes designed to eliminate barriers to entry into the work force, increase the number of newly licensed professionals, and provide incentives targeted to behavioral health professions.
New Vision House of Hope, Inc.
For repairs and renovations to a new transitional house located at 3927 Ridgewood Avenue providing nine beds for men.
No Turning Back, Inc.
Two grants for expenses related to the renovation of a property, and for the purchase of appliances and household items needed for the expansion of transitional housing services in the Park Heights area of Baltimore City, for men recovering from substance abuse.
Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
Staffing support of social workers for expansion of the Specialized Prostitution Diversion Program. The program is a 90-day pre-trial diversion option for defendants charged with prostitution. The program includes one-on-one counseling; pre-trial monitoring, drug testing, and supervision; access to substance abuse assessment; and referrals to other services such as trauma counseling, employment training, and health care.
Out for Justice/Alternative Directions
Toward support of a grassroots community advocacy and organizing effort to assist ex-offenders returning to the community and overcoming hurdles such as seeking employment
The Answer, Inc.
Two grants toward capital improvements of a residential substance abuse treatment facility to allow for meeting building/zoning code requirements. Additional funds are earmarked for staff stipends and operating overhead.
The Baltimore Station
For the purchase of a van to provide transportation for 40 residents of the Baker Street Station, a long-term supportive transitional services recovery setting. The services address conditions of drug/alcohol addiction, homelessness, and poverty. Though clients are encouraged to use public transportation, the van services will help meet the clients' needs for medical appointments, emergencies, work therapy, job interviews, and educational programs.
The Justice Policy Institute
For support of the Maryland Parole Revocation Project, an analysis of Maryland's parole system. The purpose of the analysis is to provide a statistical snapshot of parole revocations, as well as information about main reasons for re-incarcerations, and to make recommendations on creating effective community supervision plans and strategies designed to reduce incarceration costs.
The Light of Truth Center, Inc.
For repairs, renovations, and installation of a sprinkler system at the long-term residential property. The center provides a safe environment for recovery, transition, and restoration for approximately 20 women a year.
Transitioning Lives, Inc.
Two grants toward operating and renovation costs of a recently acquired transitional housing facility with comprehensive services for ex-offenders.
For a three-month development plan and one year of operating expenses to provide outreach, support services, emergency shelter, and transitional housing for Baltimore City victims of sex trafficking and their children. Turn Around will identify and provide trauma services to more than 200 women.
1000 Friends of Maryland
Two-year funding for continued support of staffing and expenses in support of the Partners for Open Space campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that full funding of the dedicated one-half of 1 percent of Maryland's transfer real estate tax remains earmarked for planning, acquisition, and development of recreation land or open space areas as part of Program Open Space, serving as a national model of a successful conservation strategy.
American Farmland Trust
For the third and final year of the pilot project, Clean Water for the Chesapeake Bay - Mobilizing Farmers to Improve Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Designed as a risk-management tool, the Best Management Practices Challenge for Planned Nitrogen Reduction benefits the 29 regional farmers who, committed to reducing their fertilizer use, were guaranteed reimbursements if yields were lower. A certified nutrient management specialist was hired and more precise computerized systems with infrared sensors were employed to determine the amount of nitrogen already in the ground. As part of the "best practices," these findings may be useful in scaling up environmentally sound practices, thus reducing nutrient runoff into the Bay.
Audubon Maryland DC
For continued support and expansion of educational services at the Audubon Center in Patterson Park. The center plans to provide 400 science-based outdoor educational programs to students from the local school, residents, and families living within walking distance of the park.
Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.
Toward support of "Pollution Source Reduction in Baltimore Watersheds," in an effort to make the harbor clean enough for fishing and swimming. This two-year pilot on Harris Creek and Gwynns Falls sub-watersheds will focus on identifying and eliminating pollution sources of trash, nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, and bacteria. By involving community members in monitoring efforts, the pilot is expected to increase its implementation of pollution reduction strategies.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
For continued staffing support and expansion of the Maryland Healthy Communities Campaign, designed to bring about accountability and transparency from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in its permit and enforcement practices. In addition to the monitoring of existing power plants and coal ash landfills, CCAN will be ensuring that MDE permit programs meet federal standards.
Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Toward providing pro bono legal services in an effort to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteer attorneys are recruited to represent nonprofits, individuals, and agencies seeking legal expertise on matters related to improving the Bay.ﾠ
Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
For continued support of programs designed to educate conservation voters about key public policy issues on open space, transportation, and storm-water management. By serving as a communications hub with its enhanced online list reaching more than 241,000 environmental voters, the League is in a position to advance conservation policies and to strengthen the environmental collective voice of Maryland.
The Sierra Club Foundation
Toward support of the Beyond Coal Maryland project, an effort to end burning coal for energy. The campaign has been designed to reduce dependency on coal as a major source of energy and to encourage the development of cleaner alternative energy.
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Toward support of Free Fall, an initiative designed to provide 30 low-budget arts and cultural organizations with the opportunity to offer free events. The initiative is intended to attract audiences from diverse communities and increase accessibility to the arts.
Museum of Ceramic Art
For support of the 2011-2012 in-school and after-school ceramic art programs in 42 Baltimore City public middle schools. Aligned with the Maryland Content Standards, and integrated with core subjects, the nine-month, hands-on experience provides the opportunity for students to acquire creative skills, as well as to reinforce reading, writing, and math skills. Arrangements are made for students' work to be exhibited in the form of permanent murals in public places such as the Hollins Street Market and Pratt Street Pavilion.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For 2012 membership dues.