Baltimore Awards $6.6 Million in Second Round of American Rescue Plan Act Charitable Grants – Baltimore Sun
Mayor Brandon Scott announced Monday that an additional $6.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding will go to eight Baltimore nonprofits ranging from $250,000 to $1.6 million.
Baltimore’s first non-city non-profit allocation distributed more than $7 million to nine non-profit organizations. The grants come from America’s $641 million rescue plan, which the city received for COVID-19 recovery and strategic investments, the majority of which went to city officials.
Some city agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the Baltimore City Health Department, have already given American Rescue Plan funds to nonprofit organizations for direct economic assistance or specific programs.
In May, City Council members criticized the slow rollout of the nonprofit grants, saying rejected organizations were not given clear explanations. Applicants had until December to submit proposals for initiatives requiring at least $250,000. The city received 322 proposals totaling $719 million.
The second round of scholarship recipients are:
- B360: $1.25 million for employee training and STEM education for youth.
- Baltimore Safe Haven: $500,000 to address homelessness and risk factors for homelessness and provide case management for transitional housing.
- Bethel Outreach: $1.25 million to complete a wellness center shut down by COVID-19 and provide food, shelter, health care, employment and financial management to Upton residents.
- Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: $275,000 to fund theater tickets and transportation to shows for Baltimore City students.
- Downtown Partnership: $1.6 million to revitalize downtown Baltimore after COVID-19 reduced foot traffic to restaurants, hotels and offices. Investment in programs will prioritize small and minority-owned businesses.
- Greater Baltimore Urban League: $1 million for counseling, case management, skills training and certifications for 120 city residents exiting incarceration.
- North East Housing Initiative: $300,000 to support residents of Northeast Baltimore who earn 30% to 50% of the area’s median income, or between $58,050 and $34,850 for a family of four. Services include housing counseling, tutoring programs, job preparation training and support for families with housing and food insecurity.
- Football Without Borders: $450,000 for a football program for Latinx youth in southeast Baltimore struggling during the pandemic, as well as operational support for a Highlandtown center where students do homework and work on learning English.