Baltimore Community Grants Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City.

Grants, up to $10,000 per year and a maximum of two years, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs). The Mayor’s Office and the Foundation will work together to review all grant applications and make funding decisions. The Foundation will make all grant payments directly to the nonprofits.

Eligibility

  • An organization seeking funding may be engaged in advocacy, but primarily must provide direct services. The Weinberg Foundation’s charter prohibits funding advocacy work. (Please note: Additional restrictions for Weinberg Foundation funding are listed on the Foundation’s website and should be reviewed. For example, the Foundation may not award grants to colleges or universities.)
  • An organization seeking funding may not be a current Foundation grantee through either the Small Grants Program or the regular grants program. However, nonprofits funded through the Summer Funding Collaborative may be considered under the Community Grants Program.

Application Process

To be considered for a grant, small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) must submit the following documents:

  1. A letter from the organization’s professional leader on the organization’s letterhead outlining the specific request for funding along with a summary of the organization (not to exceed two pages). The letter should include the following specific information:
    • A copy of the organization’s mission statement demonstrating a commitment to providing direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations of Baltimore City
    • Population served (and total estimated number of unique individuals served annually)
    • Specific purpose of grant request – how the grant funds will be used, including area of funding – basic human needs and health; disabilities; education; older adults; veterans; workforce development; or other
      (if other please describe)
    • Specific area of funding – please specify one of the following: basic human needs and health; disabilities; education; older adults; veterans; workforce development; or other (if other please describe)
    • Any previous contact with the Weinberg Foundation
    • Specific dollar amount requested (up to $10,000/year) and number of years of funding requested (one or two)
    • Total organizational budget (not including any in-kind funds)
    • Specific contact information for one person from the organization – name, title, phone, address and email address
  2. Proof of 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor
  3. A copy of the organization’s most recent 990 filing
  4. A copy of the organization’s current and previous year’s budgets, including confirmation that the annual operating budget is less than $500,000
  5. A list of the Board of Directors and organization’s staff

All grant applications should be submitted by email, with pdf attachments (not word or other formats), to BaltimoreCityGrants@hjweinberg.org.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the Community Grants Program, please contact Nakia Horton at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. You may reach her at nhorton@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500 ext. 254.

Evaluation

At the conclusion of the grant period, grantees will be required to submit a two-page report on their accomplishments. The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office will meet with all grantees to discuss the grant process as well as the successes and challenges of the program, as well as lessons learned.