Funding for Innovation Available to Baltimore City Students

Baltimore – Baltimore teens are full of creative ideas to address pressing issues facing their communities. From planning inner-city gardens that bring fresh vegetables to local residents to developing STEM curriculum for young refugees, dozens of Baltimore City middle- and high-school students have been hard at work developing enrichment programs and activities to improve the quality of life in Baltimore.

Now, thanks to Philanthropy Tank, these Baltimore City students can apply for the financial support needed to make their philanthropic dreams come true. Through this newly launched initiative, Philanthropy Tank follows the Shark Tank model and awards students the funding they need as well as mentors to guide them as they bring to fruition their programs and activities.

Applications for the first year of Philanthropy Tank Baltimore open from April 1 through July 2 and are accessible at Applications will be judged on their potential for community impact, program feasibility, creativity and sustainability. The students whose applications qualify for funding will receive mentorship from Baltimore’s leading philanthropists and business leaders. They will present their ideas in a Shark Tank-style presentation on November 5, 2020. Each student-generated idea has the potential to be awarded up to $15,000 for their program or activity.

Philanthropy Tank originated in 2015 in Palm Beach County, Florida, and students there have created and continue to run organizations that support music/art education, women’s empowerment, the environment, pediatric cancer patients and more. Over the past four years, Philanthropy Tank has awarded more than $400,000 in funding and provided hundreds of hours of mentorship for teens. The last event program can be viewed at