Baltimore Nonprofits Invited to Apply for 2019 Summer Program Funds

Posted January 16, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Children hang out on the playground

Once again, Baltimore-area funders are joining together to provide grant funds to nonprofits offering recreation and educational programs this summer for city youth. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2019.

Funders will prioritize summer programs that promote social, academic and emotional growth, are inclusive of students of all abilities and have been in operation for at least two years.

Pre-proposal conferences will be held Wednesday and Thursday, providing applicants with an opportunity to ask questions about the RFP and its requirements. Details include:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Liberty Elementary Rec & Tech Center
    3901 Maine Ave.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
    Family League of Baltimore
    2305 N. Charles St., Suite 200

To be considered for funding, applicants must primarily serve children and youth from low-income families living in Baltimore, and, if operating more than four hours per day, plan to serve healthy meals to participants.

Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative

For the fifth straight year, the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative will provide more than $3 million to support high-quality summer programs for the city’s children and youth from low-income families.

The collaborative, which brings together some of Baltimore’s largest philanthropic institutions, includes:

  • The Abell Foundation,
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation,
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield,
  • Clayton Baker Trust,
  • Constellation,
  • Family League of Baltimore,
  • France-Merrick Foundation,
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation,
  • The Hinkey-Benson Family Fund,
  • Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds,
  • Lockhart Vaughan Foundation,
  • Under Armour and
  • United Way of Central Maryland.

Despite their individual priorities, the organizations share a common goal: To help the city’s young people reach their potential by expanding high-quality educational, recreational and college and career-readiness opportunities over the summer.

Members seek to address a phenomenon called “summer slide” — where children and youth lose one to three months of knowledge and skills gained during the school year because of inactivity and disengagement over the summer. Many young people in Baltimore lack access to high-quality academic, recreational and enrichment activities proven to prevent such learning loss. That’s why the collaborative has awarded $12.7 million since 2015 to fund programs throughout Baltimore that have served thousands of young people each summer.


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