How to Apply
To be permitted to apply, potential applicants must:
- Attend a grant training workshop - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
- Thursday, May 28, 2015; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Humanim 1701 North Gay Street, Baltimore
- Tuesday, June 2, 2015; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Baltimore Community ToolBank, 1224 Wicomico Street, Baltimore
- Thursday, June 4, 2015; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mondawmin Mall Community Center, 2401 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore
- Submit a letter of intent by Friday, June 26 at 5pm
- Participate in a pre-application consultation call
- Participate in a technical site visit
- Submit an application by Friday, July 31 by 5pm
- Any community-based group may apply
- Does not have to be an incorporated non-profit
- Must have a group bank account OR fiscal agent
- Project must benefit Baltimore communities
- Project creates a healthier and more attractive neighborhood
- Applicants must not have any open grant in the same category
- Activities seeking support should not be completed before funds are award
- Engage volunteers in project development, implementation and maintenance
- Provide opportunities for community member involvement as volunteers
- Build leadership within the community
- Include a clear and logical plan for maintenance and sustainability
- Benefit the community and the physical environment
- Occur in a neighborhood with a need for financial assistance for the project proposed
Guidelines and Restrictions:
- Projects should occur in Baltimore City. Under certain circumstances projects located in Baltimore County that will directly and significantly improve the environmental quality of Baltimore City will be considered.
- Funded activities should occur within one year.
- Volunteers must participate actively in the implementation and maintenance of the project. Grant funds may not be used to pay for private contractors with the exception of one-time services that exceed the capacity of the group.
- Typically, the majority of funds requested should be directly related to greening activities. Examples of funded materials include plants, soil amendments, tools and trash bags.
- Funds should not be requested for gas-powered tools.
- Staff costs are not permitted.
- Groups with open Neighborhood Greening Grants may not apply.
A committee reviews all Neighborhood Greening Grant applications and recommends projects for funding. It also offers advice regarding the grant program’s structure, function, policies and procedures. The Committee consists of experienced greeners, non-profit and foundation professionals, representatives of city agencies, Master Gardeners, and past grantees.
- Level of volunteer participation in planning and conducting the proposed project
- Extent to which the project will develop leadership skills among community participants
- Impact of the proposed project on the environment and the community
- Feasibility of the proposed project including accomplishments, timeline, and budget
- Financial need of the neighborhood
The Neighborhood Greening Grant Program is supported by the Baltimore Gas & Electric, TKF Foundation and Baltimore Community Foundation.