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Baltimore County announces over $2.4 million in grant awards to more than 50 community organizations for COVID relief

More than 50 community organizations in Baltimore County have been awarded $2.47 million in grants to support their recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Wednesday.

The funding is being provided through county government and the Baltimore Community Foundation, a news release states.

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“Thanks to these new grants, we are proud to provide millions to support the recovery of these organizations, allowing them to continue providing services on behalf of our residents for years to come,” Olszewski said in a statement.

The grants seek to support a diverse range of community efforts such as emergency shelter and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, food pantry expansions, installation of ADA-compliant bathroom upgrades, mobile vaccination efforts, community financial counseling programs, and revenue reductions or operating expense increases that have occurred due to the pandemic.

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Grant sizes range from $10,000 to $100,000 from the Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grant Fund, which is supported by the county’s allocation of Maryland Recovery Now funding and is administered through a partnership with the Baltimore Community Foundation.

“Baltimore County’s community organizations have exemplified time and again their ability to respond, innovate and support families’ survival and quality of life needs,” BCF President and CEO Shanaysha Sauls said in a statement.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Windsor Mill was awarded $75,000 to continue its food bank that has been active since the start of the pandemic, said Dan Reese, chair of the parish council.

“We’re were amazed that they invested in us so heavily to continue to support the Baltimore County area,” he said.

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The church initially applied for the grant to expand its capacity by being able to refrigerate more items.

“We’re thrilled to be able to expand our mission and feed the poor,” Reese said.

A full list of the Baltimore County Emergency Response Fund awardees announced today can be found on the county government’s website.

The recovery fund is the latest in a series of partnerships between the county and the community foundation, according to a news release.

In March 2020, the county and BCF launched the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which provided 50 local community-based organizations grants totaling $400,000 to enhance the county’s response as the coronavirus pandemic struck the nation.

In June, the partnership created a fund to support the Baltimore County Summer Youth Jobs Program, providing skills training, coaching and paid work experience at public and private sector organizations for 300 Baltimore County youth.

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