Seeking Grant Applications for Summer Youth Programs in Baltimore

Posted October 25, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Grant opportunity for nonprofits serving Baltimore youth

Baltimore-area funders are again joining to offer grant funding to nonprofits to provide high-quality educational and recreational programs for city youth in summer 2020. The application deadline for the funding opportunity, now in its sixth year, is 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2019 — months earlier than in past years.

Summer programs applying for funding should:

  • primarily serve children and young people from low-income families in Baltimore;
  • promote social, academic and emotional growth;
  • include students of all abilities;
  • be at least two years old or led by organizations that have experience with youth programming; and
  • plan to offer healthy meals to students if operating four hours or more each day.

Access the application

Pre-proposal conferences that offer opportunities to ask about program and application requirements will be held next week. Details include:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    The Y in Waverly (Weinberg)
    900 E. 33rd St.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Baltimore’s Promise
    Village Square 1, Suite 131
  • Friday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Family League of Baltimore
    2305 N. Charles St., Suite 200

Addressing “Summer Slide”

Since 2015, the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative has awarded $16.1 million — more than $3 million annually — to support summer enrichment programs that have provided educational, recreational and college- and career-readiness opportunities for thousands of city youth.

Following are members of the collaborative, which brings together some of Baltimore’s largest philanthropic institutions:

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

Many young people in Baltimore lack access to high-quality activities that prevent so-called “summer slide,” when youth lose one to three months of knowledge and skills gained during the school year because of disengagement over the summer. To address this phenomenon, collaborative members share a common goal: helping the city’s youth reach their potential by expanding high-quality summer programming.

This year, the collaborative invites young people from Baltimore ages 16–24 to join a panel evaluating applications for funding. Organizations that know of youth interested in this paid opportunity should encourage them to apply through the collaborative’s website by Nov. 22.

Access the application and learn more about the collaborative

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