Baltimore Community Foundation


BCF granted more than $30 million to more than 1,500 nonprofits in 2020. Many grants come from donor-advised funds that are not open to requests for funding. However, some donors also give unrestricted gifts to BCF, or gifts restricted for a broad purpose such as education, arts, human services, or neighborhoods. These allow BCF to make strategic grants focused on strengthening public schools and equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need. BCF’s strategic grants are informed by deep community engagement, which allows us to identify innovative and impactful organizations and spotlight them for our donors.

BCF Grants To Strengthen Schools
& Neighborhoods

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Generally speaking, our grantmaking committees meet quarterly so most proposals receive a decision within three months. Proposals must serve the residents of Baltimore City and/or Baltimore County. While we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the nonprofit sector and some modifications are necessary to traditional school and community work, our long-term goals of strengthening schools and neighborhoods remain the same.