Funders Provide $3.3 Million Boost to Summer Programs for Baltimore Youth

Posted January 12, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Summer program for Baltimore youth

Now in its fourth year, the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative, has announced that 11 charitable organizations — including some of Baltimore’s largest philanthropic institutions — have joined together to support high-quality summer programs for the city’s children and youth in low-income families.

The collaborative, which will provide more than $3.3 million in support, includes the Abell Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Clayton Baker Trust, France-Merrick Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services and Under Armour.

Last year, 91 Baltimore programs operated with funding from the collaborative, and more than 14,500 young people were served. The group hopes to increase these numbers and expand opportunities for young people across the city. To be considered, programs must promote academic, social and emotional growth in children and youth and be inclusive of students of all abilities.

Many youth and young adults in Baltimore lack access to activities — academic, recreational, enrichment or work experience — to keep their minds engaged over the summer. As a result, they experience “summer slide,” losing one to three months of knowledge and skills gained during the previous school year.

While all 11 members of the collaborative have individual missions and priorities, they share the same goal: To ensure more youth have the chance to reach their full potential during the summer and beyond.

Baltimore’s Promise, a cradle-to-career collective impact nonprofit, is hosting the collaborative’s online application. Baltimore’s Promise is also offering three pre-proposal conferences to provide potential applicants with an opportunity to raise questions and hear directly from collaborative members.

These sessions will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Enoch Pratt, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
    1531 W North Ave.
     
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Enoch Pratt, Southeast Anchor Library
    3601 Eastern Ave.
     
  • Friday, Jan. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Family League of Baltimore
    2305 N. Charles St.

To be eligible for funds, applicants must primarily serve children and youth from low-income families who live in Baltimore City and, if operating for four or more hours per day, must have a plan to serve healthy meals to program participants. The collaborative will prioritize summer programs that have been in existence for at least two years, work to promote academic and social-emotional growth in children and youth, and are inclusive of students of all abilities.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Access the application and learn more about each funder’s eligibility criteria