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Baltimore Mayor’s Office Leads New Program to Support Small Nonprofits

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

The Baltimore City Community Grants Program will provide grants of up to $10,000 per year and a maximum of two years for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs). 

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh remarked, “Empowering those who are doing the work of lifting-up others in our  community is essential as we address violence reduction and the causes that lead to violence. This new Community Grants Program is a direct result of our Call to Action initiative that brings together people committed to being part of the solution to reduce violence and strengthen Baltimore’s neighborhoods. The grants will provide much-needed resources to organizations that otherwise may not have the capability to compete in a competitive grant application process, but which are nonetheless appropriately established, well-organized, and have a clear mission to make a positive difference.”

The Mayor’s Office and the Foundation will work together to review all grant applications and make expedited funding decisions. The Foundation will make all grant payments directly to the nonprofits.

“The partnership represents an effort to help nonprofits that do not meet the criteria for the Foundation’s regular grants process or Small Grants Program but are still providing essential services for the Baltimore community,” said Rachel Garbow Monroe, Weinberg Foundation President and CEO. “After attending my first Call to Action meeting, I was inspired by the passion and commitment of these individuals and organizations who work everyday to improve their community, often with little or no formal funding.” 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted by email to

To learn more about the Community Grants Program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit