Baltimore spending panel grants Associated Black Charities control of city's $12M youth fund

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates approved a deal on Wednesday that would turn over control of the city’s new $12 million fund for children and teens to Associated Black Charities for one year.

The memorandum of understanding between the city and the nonprofit will put Associated Black Charities in charge of administration of the youth fund throughout 2018.

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young called the youth fund “historic.”

“We’re going to build a never-before-seen model for distributing grants,” Young said.

Approved by voters in 2016, the Baltimore City Children and Youth Fund was designed to provide grants to youth organizations that have not been able to receive government support in the past. It was first proposed by Young.

Under the agreement approved Wednesday, Associated Black Charities will assemble an advisory committee, create a grant-awarding process, issue award letters, negotiate contracts with grant-winners and conduct site visits to ensure the money is being used wisely.

Associated Black Charities will then create an intermediary that will administer the fund in the future, according to the deal.

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh controls the five-member Board of Estimates, which approved the deal with ABC.

“This is about how we service our children,” Pugh said. “We want to make sure no child falls between the cracks.”

The city will retain the funds while Associated Black Charities develops the grant-awarding process. Grants are scheduled to be awarded by the summer, officials said.

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