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United Way of Central Maryland Opens Applications for Annual Neighborhood Grant Program

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Seeks local organizations to create community-inspired change, receive up to $10,000 in funding.

Baltimore, MD (October 4, 2023) – United Way of Central Maryland opened applications for its 2024 Neighborhood Grant funding opportunity. Launched in 2020, the United Way of Central Maryland Neighborhood Grant program is designed for nonprofit organizations to carry out community-centered projects that are resident-driven, connect community members and create impact in Central Maryland.

Eligible organizations must have a total annual operating budget of $500,000 or less to receive the funding, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

“In 2023, we awarded more than $700,000 to 80 local organizations,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “Each year we have offered this program, it has grown in both the number of grants issued, and in the amount of funding we are able to provide. We are providing what’s needed, where it’s needed to help local organizations to accelerate and strengthen their impact in their communities with projects ranging from educational opportunities for adults and youth to food distribution and neighborhood beautification.”

Past grant recipients have included Superior Future Inc. for their program supporting at-risk youth, The Cavanaugh House for its workforce development program, Laila’s Gift, Inc. to provide birthday celebrations for children with disabilities, and many more. 

Eligible organizations can apply to implement projects that:

  • Inspire community connection

  • Empower local leaders

  • Build vibrant neighborhoods

Community partners selected through this application process will receive funding for the period of January 1 – October 31, 2024.

Applications must be submitted through the online grant application portal, CommunityForce. Eligibility requirements and application materials can be downloaded here

The deadline for application submission is Monday, October 30, 2023, at 5 p.m. EDT.

An information session will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting at:   

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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 addressed ongoing and emerging needs in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties. Learn more at