Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that Baltimore County and the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) have awarded more than $2.47 million in grants to over 50 local community-based organizations to support their recovery and enhance efforts to strengthen neighborhood resiliency.
“Baltimore County is home to so many dedicated community organizations working every day to create opportunities for our residents and supporting our diverse neighborhoods,” Olszewski said. “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.”
Announced in May 2021, the Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grant Fund offered grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to Baltimore County community-based organizations to support residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds will be used to support a diverse range of community efforts, such as emergency shelter and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, support for food pantry expansions, installation of ADA compliant bathroom upgrades, mobile vaccination efforts, community financial counseling programs, and much more. Additionally, funds will help cover revenue reductions or operating expense increases that have occurred due to the pandemic.
The Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grant Fund is supported by Baltimore County’s allocation of Maryland Recovery Now funding and is administered through a partnership with BCF.
“Baltimore County’s community organizations have exemplified time and again their ability to respond, innovate and support families’ survival and quality of life needs,” said Shanaysha Sauls, BCF President & CEO. “It was both natural and seamless to partner with County Executive Olszewski’s administration to steward these funds, achieve the program’s goals and do our part to help our region and its residents emerge from this pandemic safely and more resilient.”
Here is a list of some of the Baltimore County Emergency Response Fund awardees in eastern Baltimore County:
- Baltimore County Sailing Center
- Bowley’s Quarters Improvement Association, Inc
- Dundalk Renaissance Corporation
- Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc
- Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library
- Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
- Harford Park Community Association
- Holy Trinity Episcopal
- Middlesex Health Center
- Sparrows Point North Point Historical Society
- Sussex Community Association Inc
The COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Fund is the latest in a series of partnerships between Baltimore County and BCF. 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 to the COVID-19 crisis last summer.
In June 2021, the County and BCF established 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.