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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits to Support Quality School
Leadership and Early Learning Programs in Baltimore County

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Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF)

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Grants typically ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 to Maryland nonprofits in Baltimore City and County to recruit, train, and retain quality public school principals and teacher-leaders as well as to improve early learning and school readiness programs. Priority focus will be given to programs serving Reservoir Hill and Greater Highlandtown neighborhoods.

BCF is currently finalizing its new strategic plan. Until the new direction is announced, education grants will be made specifically in the areas of school leadership and early learning only.

BCF will support general operations and project specific requests in the following areas:

School Readiness: BCF understands the importance of quality classroom experiences for the youngest children. The skills and cultural competence of the teachers, the richness of the curriculum, and the overall environment in an early learning classroom are essential to success. Grants are available for organizations providing professional development, training, and exposure to model programs for childcare providers, particularly those targeting:
- Providers in low-income communities,
- Informal and family childcare providers, and
- Programs that serve English language learners

School Leadership: Grants are available for organizations working to recruit, train, support, and retain public school principals and teacher-leaders. With 25-30 new principals hired each year and key district leadership positions vacant, the leadership void and turnover must be overcome at all levels in the school system. Many feel that the talent pool of future principals exists among current teachers and assistant principals. BCF will support:
- Efforts to build this pipeline of future principals.
- Local non-profits that focus their efforts on teacher and principal effectiveness through intensive recruitment strategies and providing quality training and supports.
- Ideas and collaboratives that contribute to the retention of effective teachers and principals (eg. explore systemic fixes to the leadership support void).

Systemic Programs
BCF funds projects or programs that serve populations from across the city, impact large numbers of people in multiple sites, and demonstrate the ability to influence practices, policies, or structures in the broader school system. They are not interested in single-site, staff professional development; however, single site programs will be eligible for consideration if the organization can demonstrate that best practices are replicable or unique programming that has the potential to serve students city-wide.

Target Neighborhoods – Although not required, grant submissions are encouraged that address the BCF education strategies and are focused in one of the two BCF target neighborhoods - Reservoir Hill or Greater Highlandtown.

Commitment to Racial Equity
BCF is committed to examining and addressing issues of racial equity and inclusion in all of its work. They operate from the knowledge that profound disparities in opportunity exist between people of color and their white counterparts, and we acknowledge the historic and present role that structural racism plays in perpetuating those disparities. That is why they are committed to reducing racial disparities, identifying and combating structural racism, and fostering equity and inclusion through grantmaking, initiatives, and advocacy. The success of the community investments will be measured by their ability to close racial gaps as they improve overall program success.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166650

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant size is $15,000 - $20,000.

Term of Contract:

BCF may consider requests for multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

BCF welcomes grant applications from organizations serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

BCF is interested in partnering with organizations that have the capacity to effect systemic change, accelerate existing work, and drive outcomes in the areas of interest.

Pre-Application Information:

If you would like to be considered for funding, you are welcome to submit a letter of inquiry until Monday, September 10, 2018. If your project/program aligns to the funding priorities, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. No calls, please.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kendra Shaw, Program Associate
410-332-4172 x149

Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore City and Baltimore County