Tag: grants

Greenlaurel: The Skinny on Eco Grants Funded by those Pretty Bay License Plates

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Chesapeake Bay license plate owners also get lots of discounts through the “plate perks” program.

Has your group or organization been considering a “greening” project, but wondered where the cash will come from?

Consider attending the how-to-apply-for-grants summer workshops offered by Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The workshops are designed to bring you up to speed on how to write a competitive design and environmental and water quality grant. All those $20 Chesapeake bay license plates and stormwater fees are helping to make Baltimore cleaner and greener. Maybe your group will be part of the solution?

Thomas E. Wilcox Announces his Retirement as Head of the Baltimore Community Foundation

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Photo via Baltimore Community Foundation

Thomas E. Wilcox is stepping down as president and CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation after 17 years.

With Nearly $365,000 in Grants, Catholic Charities to Expand Programs in West Baltimore

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Courtesy Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Courtesy Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Even before the riots of April 2015, Catholic Charities of Baltimore was one of the strongest providers of services for the needy in West Baltimore. Thanks to a new round of grants from private foundations and public sources, Executive Director Bill McCarthy said his organization can expand its work in Sandtown-Winchester and surrounding neighborhoods.

Big Fish Q&A with Baltimore Community Foundation President and CEO Tom Wilcox

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Since Tom Wilcox arrived here in 2000 to become president and CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), the city has witnessed a now-you-see-‘em/now-you-don’t burlesque of changes among its top officials – at City Hall, the police department, fire department, health department, public schools – that includes a mayor and a police commissioner convicted of low crimes and misdemeanors.  Simultaneously, the city, sometimes by accident and sometimes by design, also has witnessed dramatic improvements: notably, a decreased crime rate, increased student test scores, and, probably thanks to the Internet, greater transparency at various government agencies. Partial credit, certainly, goes to a handful of forward-thinking municipal administrators, who, given a forum, loudly declaim their achievements. More quietly, the progressive policies of the BCF and its nonprofit brethren – true “BELIEVE” types – have just as demonstrably enhanced Baltimoreans’ lives.

As head of the BCF, now in its 40th year, Wilcox rides herd on 600-plus varied philanthropic funds, organizing “grants, initiatives, and advocacy around a vision of a Baltimore with a growing economy,” according to the foundation’s website. Last year, the BCF dispensed more than $20 million in grants to hundreds of local, regional, and national nonprofits. Specific to the metro area, its Invest in Baltimore agenda, co-crafted by Wilcox, “encompasses and measures coordinated efforts to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and assure a high quality of life in Greater Baltimore.” In essence, BCF shepherds donors’ charitable giving by matching benefactors to their particular areas of interest: neighborhoods, education (including scholarships), health, and the arts.