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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Sue Lin Chong, 410-223-2836, media@aecf.org
Grants contact: Jacqueline Caldwell, 410-223-2995 or jcaldwell@aecf.org.
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation Calls for Grant Proposals
To Help Baltimore Families and Children in 2011
Local Direct Service Organizations Urged to Apply
For Support of Summer Youth Activities and Programs

Baltimore, Md., Apr. 15, 2011 – The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks grant proposals from local direct service organizations that will be sponsoring summer activities and programs for disadvantaged Baltimore City youth. The Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Direct Services Grants program began in 1995 and since then has contributed over $10 million in support of a wide range of innovative ideas and practices conducted by groups that represent many areas of the city. 

Nonprofit community organizations with a 501 (c) (3) status serving Baltimore City youth are eligible to apply by completing the 2011 Baltimore Direct Service Grant Application; other eligibility criteria can be found on the Baltimore Direct Services Grant Program Fact Sheet. The Baltimore Direct Services Grants program will grant up to $20,000 to support new or ongoing summer youth activities and programs, with awards effective on June 15, 2011. Priority consideration for the awards will be given to organizations reaching out to particularly vulnerable children, such as those in foster care, with special needs, or who are academically at risk.

“The Annie E. Casey Foundation is proud to continue supporting organizations working to make a real difference in the lives of kids and families in our own community of Baltimore City,” said Tony Cipollone, vice president of Civic Sites and Initiatives for the Casey Foundation. “Even though the economy is still tight, we want to make possible another successful summer of innovative youth activities that reach the needs of our most vulnerable children in Baltimore.”

Previous grant recipients sponsoring youth programs include the Community Law in Action’s five-week comprehensive summer program for 40 students who have a history of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Social Services; Baltimore Algebra Project’s summer math teaching program in collaboration with Morgan State University’s Camp ELEVATE that bolstered students’ academic skills and promoted healthy lifestyles; and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy’s two-week residential summer camp that allowed young males to enhance reading comprehension and increase physical activity.

The deadline for applications is May 6, 2011, 12:00 p.m. For additional information about the Baltimore Direct Services Program, please contact Jacqueline Caldwell at (410) 223-2995 or jcaldwell@aecf.org.
 

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization whose primary mission is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. For more information, visit www.aecf.org.