Baltimore Children and Youth Fund Issues Grant Awards
Roughly 84 Organizations to Receive $10.8 Million in Funding
BALTIMORE – After a months-long process that included community design and capacity building sessions, and a formal proposal review process, Associated Black Charities (ABC) today announced grantees for the historic Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. As the fiscal manager for the fund, ABC noted that an impressive 84 organizations will receive $10.8 million in funding which covers direct grants, technical assistance, funding to support new grantees with a fiscal sponsor, and background checks and legally-required “sexual and abuse molestation insurance” for all grantees. Grant awards will be issued in September once award recipients submit insurance information and other required documentation. For more information on the makeup of the grantees, see our Grant Award Summary letter.
“We went through a community-driven process to finally reach the point where we are ready to issue grant awards,” said Diane Bell-McKoy, executive director of Associated Black Charities. “This process will undoubtedly yield dividends for the Baltimore community for years to come.”
The Baltimore Children and Youth Fund was launched in 2015 by Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. It was approved by voters in November 2016 with over 80 percent support. The non-lapsing Fund is supported through an annual set aside of property tax revenue. The City selected Associated Black Charities (ABC) to administer grants from the Fund for one year. They have the option to extend for an additional year which would be dedicated to establishing the permanent intermediary.
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“I would like to thank the members of the review panel for all of their hard work,” City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said. “This community-driven panel stood as a symbol of my intentions behind the Youth Fund. This has truly been an inspiring process to witness.”