Baltimore Justice Fund Gives Grants to 11 Orgs

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In the wake of the Baltimore Uprising, the Open Society Institute announced a new round of grants for nonprofits focused on fighting structural racism and inequality in Baltimore. The first awardees of money from the Baltimore Justice Fund were named this week.

In all, the Fund doled out 11 grants of $25,000 each to nonprofits. WYPR also got a grant to work on a series about policing, and another organization that has yet to be named will also receive money.

“What we’ve found is that our grantees and staff were already highlighting the systemic and structural racism and inequities that conspired to create the uprising,” OSI-Baltimore Program Director of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Tara Huffman said in a statement. “What we needed to do was amplify and expand our grantmaking to support those doing the most effective work. And that’s what we’re doing.”
Here are the 11 grantees and descriptions, all per OSI:
  1. Baltimore United Viewfinders is using art as a channel for youth and community voices and activism as well as job creation.
  2. Right to Housing Alliance is organizing around two systemic issues: police violence and economic disinvestment.
  3. Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center is providing trauma-informed services, peer support and advocacy training to homeless youth.
  4.  You’re the Quarterback is helping men navigate legal and employment barriers in order to decrease involvement in the criminal justice system.
  5. New Lens is using media as an advocacy tool to engage youth in addressing the issue of improving police and community relations.
  6. 901 Arts is using art as an advocacy tool to engage vulnerable youth in constructive activities during after-school hours.
  7. Power Inside is organizing around improving police accountability, reducing the number of citizens caught up in the criminal justice system and increasing trauma support and training to residents.
  8. Upton Planning Committee is engaging youth in the Upton community to address food security and community health issues.
  9. Men of Valuable Action is working with previously incarcerated men in the Sandtown-Winchester community to reduce recidivism, encourage educational and career goals, promote family stability, and support civic and community engagement.
  10. Young Life GEMS is fostering nurturing mentor relationships that encourage emotional well-being and community engagement for girls ages 12-18 in the Sandtown-Winchester community.
  11. Afrikan Youth Alchemy, Inc. is empowering youth through media advocacy, cultural exploration, and entrepreneurship following the Baltimore Uprising.


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