The Weinberg Foundation recently announced $1,000,000 in grants to support 41 summer programs as part of the $3 million Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative. The initiative was created to fund high-quality summer programs that serve low-income Baltimore City youth.
The Summer Funding Collaborative—in addition to the Weinberg Foundation—includes the Abell Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the City of Baltimore, 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.
Despite individual missions and priorities that include literacy; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); youth employment; environmental education; sports; and the arts, all 12 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.
While each funder made its own internal funding decisions, all 12 funders shared the same application process and review strategy. The shared application has made it easier for organizations to apply for funding from multiple organizations while also facilitating more efficient and impactful funding decisions. Similarly, by using an objective scoring tool and common evaluation, the funders have a uniform framework to assess program quality and alignment with funding priorities.
To learn more about this year’s Summer Funding Collaborative, click here.