Mayor Brandon Scott announced Monday that an additional $6.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding will go to eight Baltimore nonprofits in amounts ranging from $250,000 to $1.6 million.
Baltimore’s first allocation to nonprofits that don’t fall under the city’s umbrella distributed more than $7 million to nine nonprofits. The grants come out of the $641 million in American Rescue Plan funding the city received for COVID-19 recovery and strategic investments, the majority of which has gone to city agencies.
Some city agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the Baltimore City Health Department, have already given American Rescue Plan money to nonprofits for direct economic relief or particular programs.
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 second round of grantees are:
- B360: $1.25 million for workforce training and youth STEM education.
- Baltimore Safe Haven: $500,000 to address homelessness and homelessness risk factors and to provide transitional housing case management.
- Bethel Outreach: $1.25 million to finish a wellness center shuttered by COVID-19 and provide Upton residents with food, shelter, health care, employment and financial management.
- Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: $275,000 to fund theater tickets and transportation to shows for Baltimore City students.
- Downtown Partnership: $1.6 million to revitalize downtown Baltimore after COVID-19 reduced foot traffic to restaurants, hotels and offices. Investments in programs will prioritize small and minority-owned businesses.
- Greater Baltimore Urban League: $1 million for counseling, case management, skills training and certifications for 120 city residents exiting incarceration.
- North East Housing Initiative: $300,000 to support Northeast Baltimore residents earning 30% to 50% of area median income, or between $58,050 and $34,850 for a family of four. Services include housing counseling, tutoring programs, job readiness training and support for housing and food-insecure families.
- Soccer Without Borders: $450,000 for a soccer program for Latinx youth in Southeast Baltimore who have struggled during the pandemic, plus operations support for a Highlandtown center where students do homework and work on English learning.