The Summer Funding Collaborative (SFC) is an aligned fund that directs resources to high-quality summer programs for low-income children in Baltimore City. In 2019, the SFC included 13 public and private funders that, collectively, distributed $3.49 million to 84 programs, funding a projected 12,500 seats. This grant includes funding for between 15-20 non-profit organizations that will be determined in late winter 2020 through the SFC’s request for proposals as well as a fee for Baltimore’s Promise, the SFC’s administrative backbone.
Baltimore Outreach Services (BOS) operates a 40-bed emergency women and children shelter at Christ Lutheran Church, in Federal Hill. The organization also offers case management, transitional housing, educational programming, health and mental health services, job training, and employment services. This grant helped sustain BOS’ various supportive services offered to up to 250 women and children a year, including successfully placing 20 women into jobs.
For Baltimore to both attract Opportunity Zone investments and ensure such investments benefit community residents and businesses, the Opportunity Zone Coordinator provides a valuable resource and competitive advantage to connect Opportunity Zone investors with projects and to connect projects to critical financing. Baltimore has been nationally recognized as one of the first cities to have a designated point person for the Opportunity Zone program. The grant covers the second year of the Coordinator's salary.
Baltimore is one of five US cities participating in the International Urban Cooperation City-to-City program, a global initiative funded by the European Union. This program is a component of a long-term EU strategy to foster sustainable urban development in cooperation with the public and private sectors. Baltimore has been paired with Turin, Italy, and the two cities will meet to advance discussions in four areas of mutual concern. Funding from Abell will support travel expenses associated with the Baltimore delegation’s fall 2019 trip to Turin.
The Baltimore City Health Department's Family Planning Access Project, a component of B'More for Healthy Babies, provides counseling about, and access to, effective family planning methods. Founded in 2016 with funding from the Abell Foundation, the project has focused on increasing access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception. The next phase of the project will focus on counseling women about contraceptive options and using a new "family planning toolkit" designed to engage women in conversations about their life goals, reproductive health needs, and family planning options.
Each year, 70 Art with a Heart teachers and assistants provide 14,500 engaging, educational, and interactive visual arts classes to vulnerable Baltimore children, youth, and adults in schools, group homes, shelters, community centers, recreation centers, senior facilities, and hospitals. Funding from the Abell Foundaiton will support HeARTworks, a workforce development program that uses art as a vehicle to teach job skills; HeARTwares, Art with a Heart's social enterprise/retail store that sells HeARTworks participants’ artwork; and arts integration, Art with a Heart's engaging visual arts
In 2019, Maryland set ambitious goals for renewable energy with the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The new law set a goal of achieving 50% of the state’s electric needs from renewable energy by 2030 and examining ways to achieve 100% clean power by 2040. Specifically, this law created a new requirement for solar arrays to produce 14.5% of electric power by 2030, up from the current goal of 2.5% by 2020.
Across the United States, local governments are reconsidering their relationships with private financial service firms. In The Municipal Banking Movement: An Opportunity for Baltimore, historian Sean Vanatta explores how the latest national banking trends are affecting Baltimore and how public banking models from other cities, states, and countries could inform a municipal banking movement in the city.
The Abell Foundation launched The Ingenuity Project in 1994. Today, Ingenuity prepares and launches the next diverse generation of nationally competitive STEM leaders in Baltimore City, serving 750 students in grades 6-12. This grant will enable Ingenuity to expand and improve access to students of color and students living in concentrated poverty by opening a fourth middle school program at James McHenry School in West Baltimore and through the provision of tailored support and enrichment opportunities.