Local Neighborhood Funding Sources & Resources

Mayor’ Office on Criminal Justice’s Small Grants Program (forthcoming)

Mayor’s Community Grants Program: The Mayor’s Office partners with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to award grants of up to $10,000 to small neighborhood-based non-profits that provide direct services to Baltimore residents and families. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

MECU Neighborhood Event Grants: MECU, Baltimore’s credit union, gives grants of up to $1,000 to neighborhood associations and community-based non-profits for neighborhood events. Applications open in the summer and are due in the fall.

Baltimore Community Foundation's Neighborhood Grants Program: BCF’s Mobilization Grants give between $1,000 and $5,000 for projects that will get more neighbors involved in the community. Grant applications are due in the summer.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Charitable Giving: Offers greening grants and continues to provide funding for local neighborhood non-profits.

Baltimore Promotion of the Arts Grants: Provide resources for neighborhoods looking to partner with artists or to work on arts-related projects. Various grants available.

Strong City Baltimore Neighborhood Institute: While the institute is not a funder, participation will give neighbors skills for working within their neighborhoods and connect to sources of funding.

Light City Neighborhood Lights Program: Neighborhood-based non-profits can apply to be paired up with one of light city’s Baltimore-based artists-in-residence to create an art project within their neighborhood.

Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program: Led by John Hopkins University, the fellowship program pays neighborhood leaders 20% of their normal salary to develop their capacity building skills. Target neighborhoods are located around the Eastern and Western core neighborhoods. Applications are accepted in the Fall.

Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute Small Grants Program: Provides funding for Hopkins graduate students and faculty interested in partnering with community groups and/or community leaders. Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000 and applications are accepted two times per year.

Fusion Partnerships Small Grants Program: Fusion Partnerships awards grants between $500 and $2000 to selected East Baltimore neighborhoods for projects led by neighborhood residents. Applications are accepted in the Spring.

John Hopkins Neighborhood Fund: Gives funding to community-based non-profits community revitalization, education, employment, health and public safety. Applicants must be located within the John Hopkins campus area and have affiliation to the Johns Hopkins school. Applications are due in Winter.

Monumental City Bar Foundation Grants Program: The oldest bar association in Baltimore City awards small grants for up to $1,500 to not-for profit organizations that provide programs and events that are educational, cultural, community-based or community enhancing, legal or youth-oriented. The application period is late summer.

Additional Tips:

  • Reach out to local businesses for food and other types of in-kind donations
  • Search the Foundation Center’s Grant’s database available for free at any Enoch Pratt Free Library location
  • Reach out to banks and other financial institutions located in your neighborhood for contributions
  • Use your event as a fundraiser. Note that fundraiser events require additional permitting requirements (link to Neighborhood Event Permitting tab)
  • Require payment of dues for involvement in your neighborhood’s association