Twenty local leaders will each receive a $5,000 grant to use for projects that meet their community’s individual needs.
M&T Bank and Weave: The Social Fabric Project on Tuesday announced the recipients of the 2022 Weaver Awards, totaling $100,000 in grants.
M&T Bank and Weave: The Social Fabric Project is a program that supports grassroots leaders who are building social trust and weaving an inclusive social fabric so their communities can thrive. The Weave Project helps connect these individuals by offering resources, partnerships, and inspiring new weavers.
“We use the word ‘weaver’ to describe these important people because they are trusted and give trust, weaving our communities together through relationships,” said Frederick J. Riley, who leads The Weave Project at the Aspen Institute, in a statement. “They are the people we turn to when something happens or the community needs to act. They bring us together.”
“The Weaver Awards are designed specifically for individuals and small groups who don’t have the time, experience, or networks to receive typical grants from foundations, corporations, or governments,” said Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, in a statement. “These are people out in the community every day prioritizing relationships, showing up authentically, and making our communities stronger.”
This year’s Weaver Awardees support projects surrounding youth, families, new parents, returning citizens, seniors, artists, and the homeless.
Awardees include community leaders such as Charles De-Barber, who helped revitalize the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay. He will use his award to expand food production, create jobs, and commission murals to further polish the neighborhood. Another grant recipient, Dena Jackson, provides socks, toiletries, school supplies, and food to low-income families. She will use her award to offer supplies and support to parents and newborns for a healthy start in life.
Augie Chiasera, M&T’s regional president for Greater Baltimore, commended this year’s awardees for the work they do to uplift their communities.
“The work the Weaver Awardees do to lift our communities is so important to the vibrancy of the neighborhoods and future of Baltimore City,” Chiasera said in a statement. “M&T is honored to again partner with the Aspen Institute to recognize these individuals and groups and support their efforts to strengthen the ties that bind our communities.”
An advisory board of local community advocates selected the 20 awardees from 97 applications.
The awardees will be honored at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens play Miami on Sept. 18 and at a Weaver Award celebration at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 24.
To join the national community of Weavers, sign up for the Weave Baltimore local group, follow the progress of the awardees, and learn about future rounds of Weaver Awards visit WeAreWeavers.org.