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Education Grants - School Readiness

Grants to Baltimore County, Maryland Nonprofits
to Promote School Readiness in Low-Income Children

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Foundation / Corporation

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Baltimore Community Foundation

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Grants averaging $20,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations to promote school readiness for children from low-income families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. LOIs are due by September 2. Funding is intended for general operations and specific projects. The Foundation 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.

The Foundation 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. The Foundation is 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 that address the Foundation's education strategies and are focused in one of the two target neighborhoods: Reservoir Hill or Greater Highlandtown are encouraged.

The Foundation will support School Readiness:
Importance is placed on the quality of classroom experiences for the younger 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166651

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant size is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Requests for multi-year funding may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent due September 2, 2016
Proposals due October 3, 2016

Letters of Inquiry may be mailed or sent electronically to Maya Smith.

If you are invited to apply, you will be sent a link to an online grant application, which includes complete instructions for submission and a checklist of all required materials.

Contact Information:

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

Maya Smith
410-332-4172, x142

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Baltimore County

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Geographic Focus:

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