Grassroots Fund

What is the Grassroots Fund?

The BCYF Grassroots Fund 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. In addition to financial support, organizations awarded a grant from the Grassroots Fund will also receive rigorous capacity-building support to help them sustain and grow.

Spring 2022 Grant Cycle

The Spring grant cycle will accept and review all applications from eligible organizations. BCYF will also provide robust technical assistance for applicants. The Fund will award $150,000 three-year grants to community accountable organizations. The grants are payable in equal installments over three years. 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.

The 2022 application is now closed.

All applicants will receive decision letters by August 31, 2022.

Important Dates

March 15, 2022
Full RFP manual released

March 17, 2022
Public Orientation and Overview for Applicants

April 15, 2022
Grant Portal Opens

May 15, 2022
Application Closes

Apply Now

Grant Portal Opens
April 15, 2022
Grant Portal Closes
May 15, 2022

Have questions?

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Need Help with your Application?

BCYF is committed to providing support to community members who are applying for grants.
Support topics include grant writing basics, program development, budgeting and reporting, application support, and tech support for the new BCYF grant portal. We’ll be providing a combination of virtual and in-person support for applicants.

Types of Technical Assistance

Choose from any of the following options below that fit your needs schedule.

Open Swim

Whether you have questions about your BCYF application or nonprofit organization development, join Open Swim to gather advice and support from experience consultants and technical assistance providers.


Format: Virtual Webinar – Large group 

Time: 90 minutes

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Deep Dive

In these workshops, you will take a Deep Dive into an aspect of nonprofit organizational development. From designing your program to understanding the grant landscape, these topical workshops will walkthroughs steps you can take to strengthen your organization. Come ready to learn and work!


  • Format: Virtual Webinar – Small Group
  • Time: 60 – 120 minutes
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Pop-In Events

During Pop-In Hours, Technical Assistance Providers will be available for direct support. Whether you need quick answers to general questions or need dedicated 1:1 technical assistance, drop into Pop-In Hours for support. Appointments are available on a first-come, first served basis.



  • Format: In-person or virtual, first come-first served basis
  • Time: 30 – 40 minutes per appointment”
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1:1 Technical Assistance
(BYO Application)

Bring Your Own Application accepts drop-in appointments to provide dedicated one-to-one support on drafting, revising, and proofreading your application. Whether or not you have started, you are encouraged to attend. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Format: Virtual – Appointment Based
  • Time: 60 – 90 minutes

Book Your Appointment

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Grassroots Fund, email us:

The Grassroots Fund Portal is Open!

Need help with your application?
Get support from the BCYF Team!