Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative Commits $5 Million for Children & Youth Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5
Contact: Tom Waldron, email@example.com
Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative Commits
$5 Million for Children & Youth Programs
Range of public, corporate and nonprofit funders work collaboratively to provide great summer opportunities for Baltimore’s young people
BALTIMORE – Working together to pay for summer opportunities for young people, the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative (the Collaborative) announced today it has awarded just over $5 million in grants to support 90 high-quality summer programs for children and youth living in families with low incomes in Baltimore.
The grants will help fund summer programs that provide academic support to reduce summer learning loss, connect youth to valuable work experiences, and engage young people in enrichment activities that allow them to pursue interests, discover talents, and develop skills.
The Collaborative is a partnership between public, private and nonprofit institutions that aims to create summer program opportunities for families. The Collaborative’s members include some of Baltimore’s largest public, private and nonprofit institutions: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, BGE, Baltimore Children & Youth Fund, Blanket Fort Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Constellation, Family League of Baltimore, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Hinkey-Benson Family Fund, The Richman Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland, and the West Baltimore Renaissance Foundation. Baltimore’s Promise serves as the backbone administrator for the Collaborative.
Funders who are members of the Collaborative have varying priorities for grantmaking, ranging from literacy and STEM to youth employment and social-emotional wellness, but work collaboratively to make complementary funding decisions to support a diverse set of high-quality summer programs to help Baltimore youth have the chance to reach their full potential.
This year several new funders joined the Collaborative, including BGE, the Blanket Fort Foundation, and West Baltimore Renaissance Foundation, all attracted to working in partnership on summer grant decisions. “Blanket Fort Foundation was excited to be a part of the 2023 Summer Funding Collaborative. The SFC is an excellent opportunity to work alongside community members and peer funders to help provide high quality summer experiences for children and youth in Baltimore,” said Sara Lerner, Executive Director of the Blanket Fort Foundation.
“We are pleased to join the Summer Funding Collaborative and work in partnership with so many other funders committed to supporting Baltimore’s young people,” said Kristen Bucher, BGE Workforce Development Manager. “This collaborative approach helps us all make better funding decisions that ensure we support strong programs that will give Baltimore children and youth the kinds of summer experiences they need and deserve.”
The Collaborative’s funding decisions were informed by an in-depth community review process through which more than 150 Baltimore residents, both adults and youth, reviewed all 178 funding applications. Review sessions took place both online and in-person, and all participants were paid for their time. For the in-person review meetings, reviewers were also provided with meals, transportation assistance and child care.
Assessments of grant applications by members of the community provided SFC funders with valuable perspective from young people and families. Many SFC funders either directly relied on community review results for decision-making or incorporated the scores and feedback into an existing decision-making process. In addition, all SFC applicants received feedback from the review process to support planning for their summer programs and future grant applications.
“The community review process was extremely valuable in helping The Annie E. Casey Foundation make informed decisions for this upcoming summer funding cycle,” said Adrian McLemore, Program Officer with the Baltimore Civic Site of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “The community provided thoughtful insights and analysis on the critical summer needs for Baltimore’s youth. The SFC is grateful for the time, attention and care each member provided to this process.”
The following organizations will receive funding from the Summer Funding Collaborative:
29th Street Community Center
A Revolutionary Summer
Access Art, Inc.
Arts for Learning Maryland
Backyard Basecamp, Inc.
Ballet After Dark
Baltimore Youth Arts
Beat the Streets-Baltimore
Beyond The Natural Foundation
Black Girls Cook
Black Wall Street Charm City
Bmore Empowered Inc
Bon Secours Baltimore Community Works, Inc.
Brittany K. Booker Foundation Inc.
Building Blocks Services, LLC
Camp Puh’tok for Boys and Girls Inc.
Catherine’s Family and Youth Services
Center for Technology Access and Training (CETAT)
Centro SOL JHU
CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth
Cloverdale Athletic Club
Coach G Academy, Inc
Community Law In Action
Cooperative Community Development, Inc
Corner Team, Inc.
Cultivating & Embracing Change Inc
Dance & Bmore Programs
Digital Harbor Foundation
Elev8 Baltimore, Inc
Excellence & Ambition Inc.
For my Kidz Inc
From Prison Cells To PhD Inc
Full Gospel Fellowship Church of Deliverance
Fusion Partnerships – Kingdom Fluteworks
Harlem Lacrosse – Baltimore
InDiGO: Inward Discovery Grows Outdoors
Intersection of Change
Islamic Leadership Institute of America, Inc.
KEYS EMPOWERS, INC.
Liberty Village Project
Little Flowers Early Childhood and Development Center Inc.
Living Classrooms Foundation
MERIT Health Leadership Academy
Mindful Mentors Inc.
MTM Foundation, Inc.
Nehemiah Central Community Development Corporation
Parks & People, Inc.
PATTERSON PARK PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL, INC.
Preston Mitchum Jr Foundation
R.I.S.E Arts Center of Baltimore Inc.
R&H Family and Youth Services
Safe Alternative Foundation for Education
Soccer Without Borders
St. Francis Neighborhood Center
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore
The Be. Org
The Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc.
The Village Learning Place
The Y in Central Maryland
Unique Fabrics Nonprofit
University of Maryland, Baltimore Foundation, Inc
Wide Angle Youth Media
Youth As Resources
This is the ninth year of summer youth funding provided by the Collaborative. Last summer, the Collaborative provided over $5.3 million in funding throughout Baltimore City and funded more than 9,500 summer youth opportunities.
This year, the SFC received 178 applications and over $12 Million in requests with just over $5 Million in funding available to support summer programs.
About Baltimore’s Promise
Baltimore’s Promise is a cradle-to-career collective impact nonprofit that is the administrative backbone of the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative. The mission of Baltimore‘s Promise is to coordinate strategy, identify quality programs, support alignment activities, establish shared measures for meaningful results, build public will, and advance policy on behalf of Baltimore City’s youth. For more information, please visit www.baltimorespromise.org.