Baltimore will give out more than $15.8 million in new grants to local nonprofits in the city’s latest round of American Rescue Plan funding, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday.
About $42.8 million has been distributed to 44 organizations that don’t fall under the city’s umbrella, including the 12 grantees added Wednesday. The grants come out of the $641 million in American Rescue Plan money the city received for COVID-19 recovery and strategic investments, the majority of which has gone to city agencies.
In May, City Council members criticized the slow rollout of the nonprofit grants and said organizations that were rejected had not received clear explanations why. Applicants had until December to submit proposals for initiatives, all of which had to be for at least $250,000. The city received 322 proposals, totaling $719 million.
The fourth round of grantees are:
- Ahavas Chaim Inc: $500,000 to provide rent and housing security deposit help for residents impacted by the pandemic, plus facility improvements to existing center for at-risk Baltimore teens and young adults
- American Communities Trust, Inc.: $2.24 million for multi-phased project to establish a small business jobs center in place of five vacant buildings
- City Dibs: $500,000 for entrepreneur fellowships and incubation support for Baltimore small businesses, with a focus on Black and minority populations
- Druid Heights Community Development Corporation: $300,000 for a project that will manage stormwater to reduce flooding and pollution in vacant lots impacted by dumping
- Everyman Theatre: $1 million to restore public performances and arts and cultural programming affected by the pandemic, with a focus on historically marginalized groups
- HeartSmiles: $250,000 for mentorship, career advancement, leadership and physical health support for Baltimore City youth
- KEYS Empowers: $1 million to make former Dr. Lillie M. Jackson Elementary School into a complex providing job training, meals, internet access and other services to Coppin Heights residents
- Neighborhood Housing Services: $2.8 million for investment in homeownership and equitable development within Greater Rosemont Mondawmin
- Omega Baltimore Foundation, Inc: $260,000 to manage and operate the Easterwood Recreation Center
- Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District, Inc.: $1 million for job training, workforce development, cash assistance and small business support for artists and creatives within the Black Arts District
- Project PLASE: $3.5 million for the renovation of affordable housing development Beacon House Square
- Southeast Community Development Corporation: $2.5 million for supporting affordable housing through the buying and rehabilitation of properties and a home repairs program for low-income owners and tenants