American Rescue Plan Act Grants Distributed to Help Baltimore Nonprofits Focused on Affordable Housing and Youth Services

A fourth round of American Rescue Plan Act grants will be distributed to Baltimore nonprofits focused on community development, including affordable housing, youth services, small business support, and arts and culture .

The funds will come from the mayor’s office stimulus program, Mayor Brandon Scott announced.

“These organizations fill the gaps and support our communities in ways that local government cannot. Baltimore is stronger when we partner with our nonprofit community,” Scott said. “As we emerge from the pandemic, it is essential that we take advantage of it to reinvigorate our city in a collaborative and intentional way – that is what these investments are for.”

The awards — totaling just over $15.8 million to 12 different organizations — are designed to strengthen public safety, equitable neighborhood development, youth-first, and clean and healthy communities.

This is where the grants will be distributed:

Ahavas Chaim Inc will receive $500,000 to provide rent and housing security deposit support to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will also allow Ahavas Chaim to make improvements to its existing center facilities, which will increase services designed to provide mental health, career, academic and social-emotional support to adolescents and young people. Baltimore at-risk adults.

American Communities Trust, Inc. will receive $2,250,000 to support a multi-phase project to remove the blight of five vacant and derelict buildings to establish a small business employment center in the heart of a community of persistent poverty that was once an epicenter of business and commerce Retail. The job center will help develop minority and locally owned small businesses, create local jobs and increase access to healthy food.

City Dibs will receive $500,000 to provide entrepreneur scholarships and business incubation support to existing small businesses in the city of Baltimore, with particular emphasis on serving black and other minority populations.

The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation will receive $300,000 to support the Green Infrastructure Project, which will focus on stormwater management activities that reduce inland flooding and pollution of vacant lots that have been impacted by repeated spills from residential and commercial contractors.

Everyman Theater will receive $1,000,000 focus on restoring public performances and educational, arts and cultural programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, paying particular attention to the equitable inclusion of groups that have historically been excluded or had limited engagement with the Baltimore’s arts, culture and entertainment community.

HeartSmiles will receive $250,000 to provide mentorship, career advancement opportunities, leadership opportunities, and mental and physical health support to young people in the city of Baltimore.

KEYS Empowers will receive $1,000,000 to help transform the former Dr. Lillie M. Jackson Elementary School in the Coppin Heights neighborhood into a facility that will serve residents and specifically target the socio-economically underdeveloped neighborhood of Coppin Heights. The complex will offer high-speed internet access and computer labs, late-night dining in a fully-equipped cafeteria, daily fitness programs in a gymnasium, vocational training in various industries, including STEM, and health services. Mental Health.

Neighborhood Housing Services will receive $2,800,000 to support investment in comprehensive and equitable neighborhood development and affordable homeownership in Greater Rosemont Mondawmin (GRM) communities. This initiative will include the development of vacant/divested units, the provision of home repairs and modifications, the transformation of a limited number of vacant lots, and the removal of blight from the community.

Omega Baltimore Foundation, Inc. will receive $260,000 to manage and operate the Easterwood Recreation Center in West Baltimore, to alleviate the historic lack of recreation programs in the neighborhood. The Easterwood Leisure Center will provide free hot meals and computer access to young people after school every day, STEM programming outside of school hours (OST) for young people during the school year, camps summer, youth flag football leagues and will provide jobs for neighborhood youth through YouthWorks. .

Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District, Inc. will receive $1,000,000 provide assistance with job training, workforce development, cash assistance, and small business assistance in the form of sponsorships and scholarships for artists and creative professionals in the footprint of the Black Arts District.

The PLASE project will receive $3,500,000 to support the renovation of Beacon House Square (BHS) by covering essential costs associated with the construction of the affordable housing development.

The South East Community Development Corporation will receive $2,500,000 supporting affordable housing through property acquisition and rehabilitation and a home repair program focused on low-income homeowners and renters.

Nonprofits submitted 322 proposals eligible for ARPA funding. The proposals submitted totaled $719 million: more than the city’s total ARPA allocation through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLRFF).