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Weinberg Foundation Commits to Another Year of Funding for Summer Programs Serving Baltimore Youth

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The Summer Funding Collaborative—which in addition to the Weinberg Foundation includes the Abell Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Clayton Baker Trust, Family League of Baltimore, France-Merrick Foundation, Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, and Under Armour—is seeking proposals for high-quality summer learning programs that support low-income children and youth.

Last year, the Summer Funding Collaborative provided a total of $3 million to 94 Baltimore programs serving more than 12,000 young people. The Weinberg Foundation specifically granted $770,000 to 29 of those organizations.

For its Summer Funding grants, the Weinberg Foundation requires that organizations be nonprofits with 501(c)3 tax status and able to share a recently audited financial statement.

The Foundation prioritizes programs that—

  • Blend academic learning with enriching activities
  • Provide content areas emphasizing decreased summer learning loss, literacy, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum
  • Serve any of 14 high need neighborhoods (Rosemont, Cherry Hill, Westport, O’Donnell Heights, Perkins Homes, Old Town, Gay Street, Carrolton Ridge, Upton, McElderry Park, Madison East End, Montford, Four By Four, and Orchard Ridge)

By charter, the Weinberg Foundation is unable to support colleges, universities, or arts institutions.

Despite individual missions and priorities—which range from literacy; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); youth employment; college and career readiness; environmental education; sports; and the arts—all 11 members of the Collaborative share the same goal: To reduce summer learning loss and ensure more youth have the chance to reach their full potential during the summer and beyond. In addition, programs must promote academic, social, and emotional growth in children and youth and be inclusive of students of all abilities to be considered.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017. To learn more about the eligibility requirements, and to access the application, click here.