Baltimore Funding Collaborative Announced $3.15 Million in Grants for Low-Income Youth

In an atypical approach to support for the arts, the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative (SFC) recently announced $3.15 million in grants supporting 81 high-quality summer programs that serve youth from low-income families living in Baltimore City.

The initiative, comprised by public and private institutions, both local and national in scope, includes as funding partners:

  • Abell Foundation
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Clayton Baker Trust
  • France-Merrick Foundation
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • The Hinkey-Benson Family Fund
  • Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
  • Lockhart Vaughan Foundation
  • the Mayor’s Office of Human Services
  • Under Armour

Even though the members of the effort have different priorities that include literacy, youth employment, and the arts, they seek "to reduce summer learning loss and ensure more youth have the chance to reach their full potential during the summer and beyond."

The Collaborative used a common application that allows organizations to apply for grants from all SFC funders with one application submission. “While each funder made its own internal funding decisions, funders shared the same application process and review strategy. The shared application has made it easier for organizations to apply for funding from multiple organizations while also facilitating more efficient and impactful funding decisions,” points out the press release.

Likewise, the community review process was coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, on behalf of the Collaborative.

Read the details here.

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