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The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative — a partnership of the Abell Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Clayton Baker Trust, Family League of Baltimore, France-Merrick Foundation, Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation and Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation — aims to fund high-quality summer programs that serve children in low-income families in Baltimore City. These programs should address one or more of the following areas: literacy; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); youth employment; college and career readiness; environmental education; health and overcoming stress and trauma; and enrichment such as sports and the arts.

This common application allows organizations to apply for grants from members of the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative. Be sure to specify the organization(s) from which you are requesting funding. You need only submit one application. If you plan to run multiple and distinct summer programs, you must submit one application for each of your programs. For further guidance on submitting multiple applications, post an email to

Members of the collaborative will only review proposals designated for their respective organizations.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. EST Feb. 17, 2016. We will not accept late submissions. All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by April 1, 2016.

General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • provide a Certificate of Good Standing with the state of Maryland;
  • be an organization/summer program that has been in operation for at least two years;
  • provide proof of 501(c)(3) or 509(a) tax status;
  • primarily serve children and youth from low-income families who live in Baltimore City;
  • have a plan to promote literacy; and
  • have a plan to serve healthy meals to students attending the summer program.

Be sure to review the specific eligibility requirements for each funder.