BCYF awarded $8.4 million in grant funding to 60 eligible youth programs. In addition to financial support, organizations awarded a grant will receive rigorous technical assistance and capacity-building support to help them sustain and grow.
All grantees fall under one of these funding categories:
The Aligned Grantmaking Fund (AGF) provides opportunities to create granting partnerships that leverage the impact of collaborative funding investments in infrastructure and ecosystem building. This deepens BCYF’s commitment to investments that leverage additional funding sources for youth-led and youth-focused projects, build the ecosystem of the social sector in Baltimore, and support the leadership development of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian leaders. These are 1-3 year grants or match support for projects. The AGF is an invitation-only grant opportunity.
The Grassroots Fund (GRF) addresses traditional gaps in Baltimore’s funding landscape by providing funding for grassroots, Baltimore-based, youth-serving organizations in support of an organization’s overall mission. BCYF awards multi-year grants to eligible community accountable organizations, disbursing $50,000 a year.
Operating on a multi-year grant cycle allows BCYF to invest in building the capacity of its grantees, which positions organizations for success beyond BCYF funding. In addition to financial support, organizations awarded a GRF grant will receive rigorous technical assistance and capacity-building support to help them sustain and grow. A panel of community grant reviewers selects grantees during an annual grant application process.
The President’s Fund (PF) aligns with the BCYF mission, vision, and values and offers flexibility to address pressing issues at the discretion of the President. The PF is an invitation-only grant opportunity.
The Community Accountable Fund (CAF) supports youth-serving organizations with a demonstrated commitment to being credible with and accountable to youth and the local communities they are proposing to serve. The fund prioritizes programming that supports a specific population of youth that otherwise do not receive adequate support and Brown, Black, Indigenous, and Asian-led organizations. Grantees are selected through a nomination process.
60 Organizations Supporting Youth Across Baltimore
- 10:12 Sports
- Active Achievers, Inc.
- Adelante Latina!
- AZIZA PE&CE
- Baer School
- Ballet After Dark
- Baltimore Brothers
- Baltimore Urban Baseball Association
- Baltimore’s Promise
- Blax Lax, Inc.
- Catherine’s Family and Youth Services, Inc.
- CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth
- Dance Happens, Inc.
- Dayspring, Inc.
- DewMore Baltimore
- Dream Bigger
- Dyslexia Advocation
- Elev8 Baltimore, Inc.
- Excellence & Ambition, Inc.
- Focus on Communities United for Success
- Global Air Drone Academy
- Greenmount East Leadership Project
- Harlem Lacrosse – Baltimore
- HMHU Mentoring, Inc.
- Imagine Me Ministries
- Innovative Initiatives Inc.
- Islamic Leadership Institute of America, Inc.
- JOY Baltimore
- Latino Education Advancement Fund
- Mentoring Mentors Inc
- MissionFit Inc
- Moving History, Inc.
- Muse 360
- My Covenant Place
- My GIRLS, Inc.
- No Struggle No Success
- Nuestras Raices, Inc.
- Peaceful Warriors
- Pennsylvania Avenue Neighborhood Association
- Phase 3 Training Corporation
- Requity Foundation Inc.
- RICH-Restoring Inner City Hope, Inc.
- Sarah’s House
- Social & Economic Empowerment through Knowledge, Inc. (SEEK)
- Tendea Family
- The Agoge Project
- The Arts Project
- The Broken Wall
- The Community School
- The Food Project of UEmpower of MD
- The Mr. Mack Lewis Foundation
- The Sankofa Project – The Roots of Scouting
- The William J. Watkins Sr. Educational Institute, Inc.
- UMAR Boxing Program, Inc.
- Visions Select Baseball, Inc.
- We Will All Rise, Inc.
- Youth Resiliency Institute
BCYF commits to upholding race equity as a core guiding principle in its operations and will prioritize organizations led by Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian people. The funds invested in community accountable organizations (CAOs) support one of BCYF’s core principles – anchoring a racially equitable ecosystem, infrastructure, and investments to support CAOs.
CAOs include grassroots, community-based, and other organizations rooted in liberatory practice. Grassroots organizations are group and individual efforts based in a community where people work together to find solutions to their community’s issues.