Mayor Scott Announces Additional $2 Million in Support for Baltimore Nonprofits to Address Negative Financial Impacts of COVID-19

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Brandon M. Scott
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BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, August 30, 2021) — Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Civic Fund are announcing $2 million in competitive grant funding to 69 Baltimore nonprofit organizations as part of the 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund. Awards will help to address the negative financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, both reimbursing organizations for unexpected funds spent to respond to the pandemic, as well as addressing future needs related to COVID-19.

“As our nonprofit organizations continue to keep Baltimoreans afloat through this pandemic, I am proud that we are able to reciprocate the support,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “This round of funding will supplement our economic recovery efforts and help these important organizations plan ahead and continue their services to support our residents as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19.”

The 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund is the second round of COVID-19 response funding invested in Baltimore nonprofit organizations in the past year. The first round of the Nonprofit Relief Fund, released in December 2020, served 124 organizations to help defray unexpected costs.

The Baltimore Civic Fund, which serves as the administrator and steward of the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund, worked with the Scott Administration and the State of Maryland to distribute funding to nonprofit organizations located in Baltimore City or serving Baltimore City residents. Nonprofit organizations applied through a competitive process that included the input of more than 75 neutral community reviewers, all of whom live or work in Baltimore City. Organizations were eligible for up to $50,000 in grant funding.

“The Baltimore Civic Fund is proud to provide these critical grants to support Baltimore nonprofit organizations as the pandemic continues to impact core services and livelihoods,” said HyeSook Chung, President of the Baltimore Civic Fund. “We know the need is great and look forward to continuing to work with the City of Baltimore to find creative ways to support our nonprofit community and Baltimore residents.”

Grantees in the 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund are a diverse group, providing services for Baltimore residents that range from food access and workforce readiness to community development and digital access. Recognizing the importance of the role of the nonprofit community in serving Baltimoreans, the City and the Baltimore Civic Fund set aside $2 million from the federal American Rescue Plan allotted to the State of Maryland for this round of funding.

“The pandemic forced Black Girls Cook to shift our programming to a virtual setting, sending groceries and supplies to each girl’s home,” said Nichole A. Mooney, Founder and Executive Director Black Girls Cook. “The Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund will help ensure our programming is equitable and accessible, while serving our mission of teaching adolescent girls of color self-actualization and life skills through the use of culinary arts and edible gardening with an emphasis on Black Foodways.”

“COVID-19 has impacted many revenue sources for non-profit organizations and the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund provides critical gap funding to allow the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to continue to provide direct services for low-income families in Baltimore City, “ said Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI). “The needs of the Baltimore community for lead hazard reduction, asthma and household injury prevention, Aging in Place, weatherization and food delivery services have only increased during the pandemic and this funding helps GHHI meet those needs for our most vulnerable families during this crisis.”

A full list of the 69 awardees of the 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund is below:

10:12 Sports
Adelante Latina!
Alpha Zeta Chapter Myrtle Tyler Faithful Fund
Arts Every Day
Bach in Baltimore
Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore Collegetown Network
Baltimore Improv Group
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
Baltimore Medical System, Inc.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
Black Girls Cook
Bmore Empowered
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
Charles Street Development Corporation
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Dayspring Programs Inc
DewMore Baltimore
Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Food Rescue Baltimore
FreeState Justice
Gaudenzia, Inc.
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Inc.
Hatzalah of Baltimore
House of Ruth Maryland
Immigration Outreach Service Center
Let’s Thrive Baltimore
Make Studio Art Program, Inc.
Mariposa Education
Market Center Merchants Association
Maryland Art Place
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition
Maryland Nonprofits
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Maryland Youth and the Law, Inc. (MYLaw)
Middle Grades Partnership
Mount Saint Joseph's College, Incorporated
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore
New Song Community Learning Center
Nexus-Woodbourne Family Healing
NPower Inc.
Open Works, Inc.
Outcast Food Network
PCs for People Maryland
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law)
Rebuilding Together Baltimore
Sankofa Children's Museum of African Cultures, Inc.
Single Carrot Theatre
Sisters Saving The City
St. Francis Neighborhood Center Corporation
Station North Tool Library
STEM Champions of Baltimore, Inc.
Strand Theater Company
Tahirih Justice Center
The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Family Tree
The Growth Center: A Feminist Counseling Collective
The Ingenuity Project, Inc.
The Pro Bono Counseling Project
The Walters Art Museum Foundation, Inc.
Ulman Foundation
Whitelock Community Farm
World Relief Baltimore
Your Public Radio Corp WYPR Radio
Youth Empowered Society (YES)

About the Baltimore Civic Fund

As the fiscal sponsor for the City of Baltimore, the Civic Fund serves as the financial backbone for public-private partnerships between innovative City programs and the philanthropic community. In this role, the Civic Fund manages $12 million annually for more than 125 City programs that promote business and economic development, education, culture and the creative economy, job growth, and more.

The Civic Fund strives to serve as a hub for connection and coordination between the City of Baltimore and the philanthropic community by building relationships and growing support for priority projects. Working alongside the Mayor of Baltimore and City leadership, the Civic Fund helps realize a vision of an inclusive city where all Baltimore residents prosper.

To learn more about the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund, please visit

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