United Way of Central Maryland Announces Neighborhood Grant Awardees
49 grants awarded to accelerate the work of local nonprofits
Baltimore, MD (June 2, 2022) – United Way of Central Maryland has awarded 49 grants totaling more than $400,000 to non-profits throughout the Greater Baltimore region. The Neighborhood Grant program awards grants for projects that inspire community connection and amplify the efforts of local leaders to build upon, and support, their work happening at the neighborhood level.
This year’s awardees range from community churches to youth organizations and will support projects ranging from improved street signage to internships for young people.
“The Neighborhood Grant program is about amplifying the power of local leaders and identifying and supporting change-agents from within the communities we serve,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “The work this year’s grantees have planned will improve lives and neighborhoods across Greater Baltimore.”
This year’s awardees included:
Street Angels Project's Peer Recovery Services (Anne Arundel County) project engaging low-income and/or homeless individuals, families or community members with resources for peer recovery services, mental health, substance use disorder counseling, domestic violence, rental assistance, food assistance and necessary life-skills to obtain employment.
Dent Education's Made@Dent (Baltimore City) project utilizing a social enterprise co-owned by Baltimore youths and Dent Education to turn problems into solutions, while leaning into their strengths as makers and problem solvers. Made@Dent generates revenue to pay youths and produces income to ensure that the program remains sustainable and continues to engage more young people in Baltimore.
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation’s Financial Capacity Cohorts for a More Engaged Dundalk (Baltimore County) project providing housing and financial counseling programs, as well as a network for participants to support each other during the project and beyond.
Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc.’s Horses Helping Heroes (Harford County) program assisting frontline workers in learning and creating a variety of coping tools to help recognize and manage their emotions and self-regulate the often-debilitating effects of trauma and stress, including PTSD, anxiety, grief, and depression.
Upcycled, Inc.'s Savage Mill Trail Beautification (Howard County) project fostering a sense of purpose and pride in the community through community cleanups, working with neighborhood leaders, and beautifying the park with Upcycled structures. Upcycled will work with community leaders to create a neighborhood initiative to maintain the efforts, and to select and build a bench, picnic table and garden bed to beautify the space while giving plastic waste a new, long-term life.
More information and a full list of awardees can be found at the Nonprofit Funding page (uwcm.org/nonprofit-funding).
United Way of Central Maryland helps the working poor and those in poverty access basic needs like housing, healthcare, jobs, and education. The nonprofit’s programs promote equity, create opportunity, and improve the lives of our neighbors and the neighborhoods they call home. For nearly 100 years, United Way has tackled the toughest challenges in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Learn more at uwcm.org.