The public-private Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative has announced grants totaling $3.15 million in support of summer programs serving local low-income youth.
The awards include $1.2 million from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in support of forty programs. Other members of the funding collaborative include the Abell, Annie E. Casey, France-Merrick, and Lockhart Vaughan foundations; Bloomberg Philanthropies; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; the Clayton Baker Trust; the Hinkey-Benson Family Fund; the Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds; the Mayor's Office of Human Services; and Under Armour.
The grants will support programs in areas such as literacy, STEM education, youth employment, environmental education, sports, and the arts. Recipients include Access Art, the City Neighbors Foundation, Harlem Lacrosse – Baltimore, MdBio Foundation, Soccer Without Borders – Baltimore, and Wide Angle Youth Media.
"There is nothing more essential to the health and vibrancy of our city than the meaningful engagement of our young people, and particularly in the summer months," said Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh. "I'm so grateful to our private and corporate partners for sustaining the Summer Funding Collaborative to ensure that the youth of our community have access to positive skill-building activities, academic enhancements, and healthy meals throughout the summer. The collaborative's more than eighty summer programs will add tremendous impact to what we're also doing through the City's YouthWorks initiative and the extensive summer camp experiences of the Recreation and Parks department. My sincere thanks to the generous supporters of the Summer Funding Collaborative who are helping to make the summer months everything our young citizens need and deserve — quality opportunities to learn, engage, and play."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Weinberg Foundation website.