The South Baltimore Gateway Partnership Announces More Than $600,000 in Community Grants

| October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week, the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership (SBGP) announced $603,930 in new grants to support 26 community projects in South and Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods. Nearly a third of the recipients are new grantees. SBGP is a nonprofit which manages half of South Baltimore’s casino Local Impact Grants.

SBGP manages approximately $7 million per year in Local Impact Grant funding from Maryland casinos, with an equal amount managed by the Casino Local Development Council (LDC), which has an advisory board of community members and spends funds at the direction of the Mayor of Baltimore. SBGP awards Community Grants twice a year.

SBGP includes staff, Executive Director Brad Rogers, and a Board of Directors comprised of members of neighborhood associations, business owners and nonprofit directors, and elected officials.

SBGP budgets about $1 million per year to Community Grants, about $1.5 million per year to Enhanced Services to public spaces in the community, and $3 million per year to Transformational Projects.

“We are excited to see our investments in the neighborhoods we serve beginning to bear fruit in so many ways—from an increase in healthy activities for families and seniors to cleaner, greener parks for everyone,” said Rogers in a press release. “We look forward to collaborating with area residents to make lasting changes that will truly improve the quality of life in communities that have been under-served for too long.”

“This grant will help us establish a community-controlled co-op grocery store with community engagement,” said grantee Eric Jackson, founder of The Black Yield Institute which received $100,000 in funds to expand an urban garden and establish a cooperative grocery store, in a press release. “This allows us to secure jobs for community members- specifically black youths in the Cherry Hill community,” said Jackson

“The funding will help us expand community outreach about the Rowing Club while bringing more middle-school kids onto the water,” said grantee Karyn Shackleford, director of youth rowing at the Baltimore Rowing Club which received $49,995 and is hiring a full-time outreach coordinator, in a press release.

In addition to these newly-funded projects, SBGP’s Transformational Projects for the district include developing the Middle Branch into “Baltimore’s next great waterfront” and launching the upcoming Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center at Cherry Hill.

Below is the full list of grantees:

Southwest Baltimore Charter School Inc.: Complete designs for a new school gym including a motorized dividing wall – $100,000

Black Yield Institute: Develop a cooperatively owned grocery store to increase food access in Cherry Hill – $100,000

Cherry Hill Eagles Foundation: Launch a new trauma-informed mentoring program and continue youth football program – $60,000

Cherry Hill Development Corporation: Predevelopment of Maryland’s first Adult High School temporarily held at Patapsco Elementary School – $50,000

Baltimore Community Rowing: Expand capacity for to underserved youth – $49,995

Federal Hill Main Street: Cleaning initiative in Federal Hill’s business corridors – $49,696

Living Classrooms Foundation: Five in-school programs focusing on storm water runoff – $49,132

Maryland Food Bank: Distribute food during 16 food giveaway events –  $27,520

Youth Resiliency Institute: Engage youth and families in Cherry Hill in art workshops – $27,010

Fishes and Loaves Pantry: Increase access to healthy foods to seniors and Latinx families – $18,000

South Baltimore Partnership: Street cleaning in Sharp-Leadenhall through their Green Team – $5,000

Teach for America: Support two AmeriCorps members at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School – $5,000

Church of the Advent: Renovations for the Community Room, a free meeting space – $5,000

Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association: Hire a Master Gardener and landscape architect to asses and develop plans for Henry Street Park – $5,000

Leveling the Playing Field: Purchase in-demand equipment for youth sports in Pigtown – $5,000

SCRAP B-MORE: A series of community crafting nights using recyclable materials – $5,000

Neighbors of Scott Street: Block party for residents of the 1100 block of Scott Street – $5,000

Resident Services Incorporated: Support the Rising Star Scholarship for three Westport youth to receive financial assistance and mentorship in college – $5,000

Baltimore Community ToolBank: Host community networking events and purchase in-demand inventory – $5,000

Farm Alliance of Baltimore: Provide 18 cooking classes in Cherry Hill – $5,000

South Baltimore Partnership: Senior networking and recreation activities in Sharp-Leadenhall – $4,986

My G.I.R.L.S.: Year-long cheerleader training for girls aged 5-17 in Pigtown – $4,985

UMBC Foundation: Connect Latinx and African American communities through the Crossing Borders: Community Conversations program in Lakeland – $4,950

Lakeland Elementary/ Middle School: Renovations for the Lakeland Elementary/ Middle School library – $3,456

Federal Hill Preparatory School PTO: Provide after-school yoga and meditation programming for students – $3,000

God’s Best Family Inc.: Implement the South Baltimore Unity Feast, serving low-income families a community dinner – $1,200

Click here to read SouthBMore.com’s coverage of South Baltimore Gateway Partnership’s management of Local Impact Funds Grants. 

Cleanup initiative in Federal Hill 

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