• Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

    The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers hosts a project called the School Centered Neighborhood Investment Initiative, which was designed in 2015 to assist communities where new 21st Century School facilities were/are scheduled to be built. The initiative seeks to increase community capacity to develop and implement physical development and/or neighborhood revitalization plans that leverage the investment in new schools. The foundation provided funding to launch the initiative in 2015. This second grant provides funds for staffing and evaluation work associated with the project.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 25,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Greater Baybrook Alliance

    Greater Baybrook Alliance is a community development organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst and conduit for equitable development and reinvestment in the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay neighborhoods of Baltimore City and the adjoining Brooklyn Park neighborhood of Northern Anne Arundel County. Due to geographic isolation, these neighborhoods have experienced long-term lack of investment. In 2016, in order to position the City-County community to access the State’s Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative (BRNI) grant program, the Goldseker Foundation provided funds for a community organizer to create the Greater Baybrook Vision and Action Plan. Out of that process, GBA was created, and has subsequently secured $2.8 million in BRNI awards over three grant cycles. This grant provided core operating support.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 30,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • ReBUILD Metro

    ReBUILD Metro is a non-profit housing developer with broad experience in repositioning real estate assets and markets in the mid-Atlantic region, particularly Baltimore City. RBM seeks to create wealth and opportunities for the communities it serves by making real estate investments that reinforce community assets, revitalize downward markets, and create suitable environments for market growth. This grant provided operating funds for RBM’s work in East Baltimore, particularly the Johnston Square community.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 60,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Baltimore City Public School – Garrett Heights Elementary Middle School

    Garrett Heights Elementary Middle School is a PreK-8 school serving 389 students in the Lauraville neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. The school leadership and community have rallied around a shared vision to transform Garrett Heights into a public Montessori school. A first summer of training for teachers began in 2016, and the school has continued to build the Montessori program up from the early grades. This grant provided funds to continue Montessori training for 30 instructional staff members and to recruit Montessori trained teachers.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 33,400

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
  • Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation

    Banner Neighborhoods is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to supporting residents in their efforts to enhance the quality of life throughout East and Southeast Baltimore. Banner’s mission is to promote resident-based leadership, neighborhood pride and stability, and provide direct services. Banner Neighborhoods has existed since 1982. This Management Assistance Grant provided funds for Banner to create its first strategic plan.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 20,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO)

    GEDCO represents a partnership between more than 50 faith-based and community organizations. Its mission is to provide affordable housing, supporting services, and emergency assistance to community residents, in partnership with faith-based and community organizations. This Management Assistance Grant provided funds for strategic planning.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 15,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • GreenMount School

    Since 1993, the GreenMount School (GMS) has been contributing to the educational landscape of Baltimore by providing challenging, progressive, theme-based independent education for grades kindergarten through eight. The four hallmarks of a GMS education — Theme Studies, Global and Community Awareness, Keystone Programs, and Parent Cooperative — create an educational and philosophical approach that is academically challenging, cross-cultural, service-oriented, and creative. This Management Assistance Grant provided funds for strategic planning.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 19,265

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Venture for America

    Venture for America (VFA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen U.S.cities and promote job creation by directing highly-talented, recent college graduates into start-ups and growth organizations. In 2018, VFA placed 26 new fellows with 14 Baltimore companies. VFA focuses on cities that typically struggle to attract top talent, but have a strong commitment to revitalizing the regional economy through entrepreneurship. This grant provided $75,000 for core operating support, and another $25,000 challenge grant to be match 2:1 for expansion purposes.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 100,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Civil Justice

    Civil Justice is a nonprofit organization formed in 1998 for the purpose of increasing the delivery of legal services to clients of low and moderate income while promoting a statewide network of solo, small firm, and community-based lawyers who share a common commitment to increasing access to justice. Civil Justice traditionally assists clients who are low-income but earn too much to qualify for Legal Aid. Civil Justice staff believe that predatory car financing practices targeting low-wage workers in distressed neighborhoods in Baltimore is a systemic problem, harming individuals and stymieing workforce development efforts. This grant provides funds for staffing and data collection to explore the extent of the problem and develop an appropriate response.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 25,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of multi-use trails that enhance the environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people. RTC’s work is magnified in urban areas, where one mile of trail can completely redefine the livability of a community. More than just recreational amenities, trails create opportunities for active transportation and improved health and wellbeing as they connect people to jobs, schools, businesses, and their community. In Baltimore, RTC and the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, comprising nearly sixty local organizations and agencies, seek to create a 35-mile world-class network of urban trails that link together diverse neighborhoods, cultural amenities, and outdoor resources.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 50,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Patterson Park Public Charter School

    Patterson Park Public Charter School opened in 2005 as a K-4 elementary school located in the building left vacant when St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School closed in Southeast Baltimore. It now occupies three buildings serving 725 students in grades PreK-8. PPPCS also serves 125 students in after-school programming focused on literacy as well as more than 150 youth during the summer. During the 2017-2018 academic year, PPPCS was awarded a 5 year charter renewal by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, the longest possible renewal. The student retention rate is 95 percent. For the 2018-2019 school year, the school received 613 applications for approximately 50 seats. Despite the overall decline in enrollment across City Schools, Southeast Baltimore has a 1,800 seat deficit which has led to overcrowding and large class sizes in neighborhood schools. Southeast has the highest school building utilization rate in the city, with a 111 percent average utilization rate for K-8 schools. This grant provided funds for community engagement, communications, and planning for facilities and instruction as the PPPCS board and staff prepare to open a second school in Southeast.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 156,800

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Greenmount West Community Center

    Greenmount West Community Center is in its second year of operations, providing after-school and summer programming and internships for youth ages 5-18; GED and health and wellness programming for adults; and wider community events open to all. The young organization is now focused on developing a systematized approach to identifying, developing, and prioritizing donor prospects, and involving the board in the fundraising process. This Management Assistance Grant provided funds for a consultant to help GWCC leadership create its first resource development plan.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 15,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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  • Open Works

    Open Works (OW) is a nonprofit makerspace that opened in Central Baltimore in 2016 with a mission to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible to all to drive grassroots change through inter-related educational programs and economic development. This Management Assistance Grant provided funds for a consultant to overhaul its website and better integrate its functionality with OW’s systems for membership management, class enrollment, billing, and safety credentialing.

    Grant Awarded

    $ 10,000

    Date Awarded

    February 2019
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