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Baltimore's Annie E. Casey Foundation announced yesterday grant awards totaling $700,000 for 34 nonprofit organizations and public agencies that serve disadvantaged children in the area.

Awards ranged from $2,000 to $20,000 and will fund a variety of services, including health care, education, family support, community development, the arts and recreation, Casey Foundation officials said. The foundation is the largest philanthropy based in Baltimore. The foundation moved to Baltimore last summer.

Douglas W. Nelson, foundation executive director, said the grants are coming through the first year of its Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program. The program was created to help disadvantaged children.

The largest awards went to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, for educational and social services programs ($20,000); Moveable Feast, for meals to low-income families with members affected by AIDS ($20,000); the William S. Baer School, for students with health problems ($20,000); Waverly Family Center, for at-risk newborns ($19,200); and Living Classrooms Foundation, for its Frederick Douglass Maritime Skills Program ($15,000).

Living Classrooms, which operates on the waterfront at Caroline and Lancaster streets, runs programs that give hands-on experience to children from city housing developments. Children come after school to learn maritime skills. About 100 youths, ages 8 to 16, have participated in the maritime skills program since it started last year and have built three small boats.

"We have students from Perkins, Douglass and Flag House come after school," said James Bond, the organization's executive director. "This is an anti-crime, anti-drug grant. We are providing programs that are getting kids off the corner, away from drugs, away from crime."

Mr. Bond said the grant will enable the agency to serve more children.

Joseph L. Myers, executive director of Moveable Feast, at 3401 Old York Road, said the money will help families living with Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

"In the Baltimore metropolitan region, we see an ever-increasing number of women and children affected by the disease," Mr. Myers said. "In many cases families are split up because of illness, and the money from Annie E. Casey will help families stay together longer."

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