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Baltimore Community Foundation Invites Applications for Neighborhood Grants Program

The Baltimore Community Foundation’s (http://bcf.org/) Neighborhood Grants Program offers funding for resident-driven and -led community-based organizations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County neighborhoods. The primary purposes of the NGP are to support and increase residents’ involvement and investment in their communities; to increase the effectiveness of community organizations by providing financial resources and other support to enable them to initiate and complete priority neighborhood projects; to help neighborhoods become supportive environments for families and businesses; and to strengthen neighborhoods so that current and potential residents and businesses are more willing to invest time, effort, and money in the community. The NGP offers the following types of funding: Mobilization Grants — Grants of up to $5,000 for small projects with total budgets of no more than $5,000. Grants are to assist resident-driven and -led community groups in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods with an active, engaged resident base to design, develop, and carry out projects. The applicant organization’s board must be at least 51 percent neighborhood residents. The applicant organization does not need to be a 501(c)(3) organization, but must prove that the grant will be used for “charitable purposes” as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Leadership Grants — Grants of up to $10,000 for projects with total budgets of no more than $10,000 (less match). Grants are to assist resident-driven and -led community groups in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, with a demonstrated track record of neighborhood leadership, a history of resident involvement, and an active, engaged resident base to design, develop, and carry out projects. The applicant organization must have a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS and must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the grant request. This match may be met through in-kind donation, volunteer labor, or cash. Please note: All grantseekers must attend an application workshop before applying for a grant from the Neighborhood Grants Program. Application workshops will be held on February 15 and February 17 at BCF. Visit the BCF Web site for workshop details and to download grant guidelines. The deadline for application is March 15, 2006.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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