How to Apply

The Fall 2016 Neighborhood Greening Grant Round is now open! Please read all information below to learn how to apply. 

Application Process

To be permitted to apply, potential applicants must:

  • Attend a mandatory grant workshop. Click here for workshop registration. If you are unable to attend on the dates listed below, please contact Jamison Douglas.
  • Workshop dates: 
    - Wednesday, June 8th 5:30-7:30pm, Parks & People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave.
    - Tuesday, June 14th 5:30-7:30pm, UMB Community Engagement Center, 870 W. Baltimore St.
    - Wednesday, June 15th 5:30-7:30pm, Humanim, 1701 N. Gay St.
  • Submit a letter of intent by Friday, July 1.
  • Participate in a pre-application consultation call
  • Participate in a technical site visit
  • Submit an application to Jamision Douglas by July 29. 


  • Any community-based group* may apply
      - Does not have to be an incorporated non-profit, but it must have a group bank account OR a 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

Projects should:

  • 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. 

Review Process
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.

Review Criteria

  • 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