Education can help break the cycle of poverty.

Providing children and youth with academic opportunities helps prepare them for a stable and productive future.


The Foundation supports projects that provide or supplement a high-quality education from elementary through high school, primarily in its priority communities in the following areas:

The Foundation supports STEM programs and programs proven to improve math proficiency to help prepare youth for jobs in those fields.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • In- or out-of-school STEM programs that engage students in project-based learning. Programs should be able to demonstrate their academic impact.
  • Intensive, evidence-based math programs that effectively increase students’ math scores. Please note that the Foundation will not fund curriculum only.
  • Construction of STEM spaces, including labs, makerspaces, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) centers.
The Foundation supports after-school, weekend, and summer programs for K–12 students. Programs must have an academic component with demonstrated academic outcomes.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Programs that work with students for a minimum of six weeks over the summer and one year during the school year and blend academic learning with enriching activities to increase academic achievement, school attendance, and positive social behavior.
  • Summer programs for Baltimore City children and youth that blend academic learning with enriching activities and provide nutritious meals, as well as opportunities for physical activity.
  • Programs that introduce teens to the workforce and teach soft skills necessary for work and life, ideally including opportunities for advancement, continued involvement, or work with another employer.

The Foundation supports programs that assist students in developing a postsecondary plan and position them for success after graduation from high school.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • College access programs that help students and families navigate the application and admissions process, including SAT/ACT testing, financial aid, and scholarships. We prioritize programs that also help students persist through college to obtain a degree.
  • Career technology education programs that help students earn an industry-recognized certification that will allow them to graduate from high school ready to enter the workforce and eventually earn a family-sustaining wage.

I like hands-on stuff. And science is kind of like, you get to learn about the world….It’s a lifelong thing that you’ll take with you.

Apply for a Grant

The Foundation has an online application process for all capital, program, and operating grant requests. To learn more about how to apply, including eligibility, click the link below.

If you have a visual impairment or any difficulty in navigating our grants intake tool, please email We will be pleased to assist you.

Key Initiatives

This $30 million multiyear partnership builds and transforms Baltimore City’s public school libraries in neighborhoods where many students face academic and economic challenges. The Library Project serves over 7,700 students and their families through 17 libraries.

This annual partnership supports high-quality summer programs for children and youth. It has grown to include nearly a dozen national and local funders. Programs address one or more of the following areas: literacy; STEM; youth employment; college and career readiness; environmental education; health; and enrichment, including sports and arts programming.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, or require any additional information regarding the grant process, please contact