By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFRO

The inaugural grantees for Baltimore’s Children and Youth Fund have been announced. 84 organizations have been selected to share the Fund’s first allocation of $10.8 million after several months of community-driven review.

“After a thorough and transparent process, I am excited for all the grant recipients and for all the children this fund is designed to help,” said City Council chair Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

Baltimore Community Children & Youth Fund community design session (Courtesy Photo/BCYF)

The Children and Youth fund received 487 applications for its first round of funding, asking for more than $75 million from organizations serving children and youth across the city.  Associated Black Charities was selected to oversee the review and allocation process.

Diane Bell-McCoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities, said grant reviewers were selected from the community and applications were reviewed based on the priorities of strengthening the village; fostering authentic youth leadership, empowerment and self-actualization and building sustainable bridges to educational and economic advancement opportunities and business ownership.

“We went through a community driven process to finally reach the point where we are ready to issue grant rewards,” Bell told the AFRO.

Funding will be awarded to recipients this month. A total of $ 9.6 million is earmarked for direct allocations. Another $800,000 will be used for technical assistance and capacity building. Organizations selected who are new to the grant funding process will be given support in best fiscal practices and subject matter support.

“Technical assistance and capacity building were core values from the community,” said McCoy.

The 2018 Youth Fund Inaugural Awardees are:

13thGirl Foundation
A Revolutionary Summer
Adelante Latina!
Afrikan Youth Alchemy Inc (AYA Inc.)
Baltimore Children’s Museum (dba Port Discovery Children’s Museum)
Baltimore City Community College Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Urban Baseball Association (B.U.B.A.)
Baltimore Youth Arts
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
Beadly Speaking
Beautiful Butterflies, Inc.
Beyond The Natural Foundation, Inc. (BTNF)
Building Arts And Minds, Inc ( BAAM )
Camp Farthest Out, Incorporated (CFO)
CASA de Maryland, Inc.
Challenge 2 Change, Inc.
Civic Works, Inc.
Communities United
Conscious Heads Barbershop
Creative Nomads, Ltd
Cultured Pearls of Service, Inc.
Demi Music LLC
DewMore Baltimore
Eden 2
Fight Blight Bmore (FBB)
FLY (Fearlessly Loving Yourself)
Free for All Baltimore, Inc.
Friends of Carroll Park
Friends of Garrett park
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc.
Guardian Dance Company
Heart’s Place Services, Inc.
House of Ruth Maryland, Inc.
Humble Beast Movement, LLC (HBM)
Innovation Echo Alliance (IEA)
Intersection of Change, Inc.
Kindred Community Healing
Lakeland STEAM Center Team
Led Ladies
Leveling the Playing Field
Maryland Book Bank
Milton Avenue Improvement Association
Money Talks Baltimore, LLC
Muse 360 Inc
Muslim Social Services Agency
No Boundaries Coalition, INC
Nu Season Nu Day Church & Ministries, Inc.
Omega Baltimore Foundation, Inc.
PeacePlayers International
Project I CAN
Rho Tau Lambda Foundation, Inc.
Roberta’s House Inc.
Sisters Inspiring Others To Achieve (SIOTA)
Sisters-In-Law, Incorporated
Soccer Without Borders
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Inc.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center Corporation (SFNC)
Stand Up Baltimore
Strength to Love II Farm
Strong City Baltimore
The 6th Branch
The ACE Project
The African Diaspora Alliance
The Baltimore Child First Authority, Inc.
The Martial Club of Baltimore
The Ryan Institute, LLC
Unique Fabrics Sewing Program for Women & Girls
United Workers Association
Urban Alliance Foundation

Village Learning Place
Wide Angle Youth Media
William Tipper Thomas Foundation, Inc.
Women of Distinction Ensemble
Y in Central Maryland
You Make A Difference STEMMA Corporation
Youth As Resources
Youth Empowered Society
Youth Resiliency Institute