Resources and Reminders: December 2020

Happy Holidays from Family League!

Season’s Greetings, 

As the holiday season approaches, we want to thank you for your efforts. We especially appreciated the support and resources you have provided to students and families in Baltimore City. People like you are gems. 

Happy Holidays!

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Community Schools

Special shout out to Natasha Bentzen (Armistead Gardens Community School Coordinator) and Heather Higgins (School Social Worker) for spearheading the Operation Santa Claus campaign at Armistead Gardens. The campaign involves buying Christmas gifts for families at Armistead Gardens. Iyou want to participate in Operation Santa Clause, please visit the Amazon registry created by Higgins and Bentzen. Please click here to view the article and click here for the registry.  

Mariel, Coordinator at Promise Heights at Booker T continues to lead her community school team in its awesome attendance work. In addition to providing tired attendance support for more than 120 students at risk for chronic absenteeism, her team organizes school-wide monthly events that celebrate positive attendance. Mariel and her team have adapted their attendance celebrations to the virtual world, and they have been a hit for those students with near perfect or improved attendance! 

Special shout out to Magdalena Tsiongas, Community School Coordinator at Liberty Elementary School who participated in the American Education Week challenge. Please click here to view the video.  

Out-of-School Time

Leah and her team (Baltimore Curriculum Project at Wolfe Street) recently launched a tutoring program with a high school class from The Park School. This is the second year of the partnership. So far this year, the program has matched 11 WSA students in need of additional academic support with high school students from the Park School. 

Thank you to Tiffany William-Jones (Elev8 Site Manager), Shanae Chambers (Hilton’s Educational Associate) and Viola Hall (Child First Authority Site Manager) for participating in the American Education Week challenge. Please click here to watch Tiffany’s video and click here to watch Hilton’s video.  


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Community Schools

Deliverables for FY21 

 Please make note of the following due dates for quarterly reports: 

  • Q2 – January 15 
  • Q3 – April 15 
  • Q4 – July 15 

Additionally, all CSCs are required to submit their supports/partnership tracker with each quarterly report. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is required with the Q4 report.  

Out-of-School Time

Deliverables for FY21 

Please make note of the following due dates for quarterly reports: 

  • Q2 – January 15 
  • Q3 – April 15 
  • Q4 – July 15 

 Additionally, OST SMs are required to submit monthly attendance trackers by the 5th of each month. Please email Clint Middleton at with questions about the attendance trackers. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is required with the Q4 report.  

We have posted several sessions on our community PD calendar. Topics focus on youth voice and choice, fundraising, virtual youth engagement, work-life balance, equity, mental health, and volunteer engagement. To access our community PD calendar, click here. 

Community Schools

We have posted a lot of sessions to our community PD calendar. Session topics focus on youth voice and choice, fundraising, virtual youth engagement, work-life balance, equity, mental health, and volunteer engagement. To access our community PD calendar, click here 

Out-of-School Time

  • Based on OST SM feedback, we will now be offering two options for the next OST SM meeting in January. OST SMs can now choose between Thursday, January 28 from 4 P.M.-6 P.M. (note the shorter time frame) and Friday, January 29 from 10 A.M.-12 P.M.  
  • Here are two different blocks for the PQA basics training (12/15 and 12/16 from 4:00 P.M.- 7 P.M.). SMs do not need to attend all four dates but will choose either the first or second week. Learning Stream links are forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Shania Peacock at 
This month welcomed in a new Mayor and several members to the Baltimore City Council. Additionally, the Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session begins in January, and our Policy team will be working to support passage of fully funded Kirwan Commission legislation, as well as supporting any bills that will strengthen implementation of the Community School model. We are also watching for legislation to address the digital divide, restorative practices, and school discipline. Please subscribe to our policy newsletter for more updates on specific legislation and news as we share it, or contact Margo at
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Aflac Grants Aflac's Charitable Contributions, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for grants under one of the following areas of need: children and youth, education, environmental, health and human services, civic and community, arts and culture, and minorities. Recent contributions have been awarded to libraries, youth mentorships, foster care centers, public high schools, school districts, and universities. Eligible applicants must not have received funds from the foundation within the last year. Requests are not accepted from individuals, private secondary schools, or religious organizations.
ALDI Smart Kids ALDI Smart Kids, we partner with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids' health and wellness. So, whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. ALDI says kudos to you and encourages you to apply for support from its Smart Kids program here.
Aquatic Resources Education Grants - Maryland DNR up to $2,500 for a school - rolling deadline to $2,500 for individual schools for learning activities and stewardship projects tied to the curriculum that benefit MD's aquatic resources. Request support for alternative arrangements and platforms for engaging students, such as blended learning comprising a combination of virtual and in-person (at home) learning, including asynchronous student investigations at home or in their community. Support is also offered for professional learning opportunities that enable teachers to transition their aquatic education activities to alternative platforms and settings. More information. 
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundation Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundation The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs). Click here for more info. 
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community Projects must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school’s students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community. Click here to learn more.  
Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund Supports 501©3 organizations in Baltimore City with a priority to human services organizations. The fund is designed for reimbursement purposes only.

The full RFP and information about technical assistance can be found here.
BGE Corproate Giving ProgramAt any time, you may discuss your project with a BGE Corporate Relations staff member. Please email your contact information and a brief project summary to BGE Contributions and include "Request for Discussion" in the subject line. Do not send a grant proposal with the email. 
BOOST Café's Creative Play Grants Playground™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. 
BOOST Café's Education and Youth Development and Culture/Civic Programs and Arts Mini-Grants InitiativeRolling foundation has focused on supporting programs that serve youth, kindergarten through 12th-grade education, and cultural and civic organizations, as well as local needs in the communities surrounding our offices and manufacturing facilities. 
Mattel and Good360 and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of children’s toys and products to USA nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and newly developed organizations. Funding is intended to provide nonprofits with necessary supplies to achieve their mission and help local children (ages 3-12 preferred). Nonprofits may apply to receive donations such as toys, diapers, clothes, mattresses, computers and more. 
The Albertsons Companies Foundation Albertsons Companies Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that eradicate childhood hunger. This program seeks organizations working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to a nutritious meal every day. Click here to begin the application. 
The Awesome Foundation Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. Apply for a grant by clicking here: 
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA nonprofits for programs in education, community development, and public health are available. Funding is intended to support programs for financially disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged. Click here to begin the application. 
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Kaplan Foundation is offering up to $300,000 seed money grants for organizations that want to scale or expand programing. This grant is open for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects must address important social issues at the national or global level. Click here for the application. 
The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is offering grants to USA nonprofits for programs and projects related to education, automotive safety, and community needs. Priority is given to the support and development of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
Under ArmorRollinghttps://uagrants.comThe Heart of the School
The Heart of the School Fund is a year-round program delivering grants to Baltimore City Public School principals for school enhancement projects. It provides support in areas such as professional development, musical instruments, new technology, school events, trips, acquiring vital resources, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at

Each month grants and resources are listed in this section. Some are all year or rolling deadlines and others have a deadline to apply. Please carefully look through this list to find the resources you need. 

The Baltimore City Children’s Cabinet 

The purpose of the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success helps to leverage tools of city government that will improve outcomes for children and families. Information for family assistance, community action, energy assistance and more can be found here. 

Early Childhood Development and Education 

The Children’s Cabinet is soliciting public feedback on action plan strategies for its seven priority areas. Here are the links to the Early Childhood Survey in Englishand inSpanish. The Early Childhood Development Challenge Statement and Survey graphics are attached.All of the surveys can be foundhere.  

The child care scholarship program provides financial assistance with childcare costs to eligible families in Maryland. You can find licensed child care providers for younger children and school-age youth up to age 13—and the state has child care scholarships to help cover the costs. Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will host in-person Student learning center spaces to engage in distance learning for students in grades K – 5. Baltimore City Public Schools is working hard to help families secure the devices and wifi access students need to fully participate in virtual learning. Find more information on resources available here. 

Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center 

Provides vocational services and support services to veterans, returning citizens and economically disadvantaged individuals. Please reach out to for more information.  

The Center for Urban Families Programs BOOST 

Free GED prep classes in collaboration with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Classes will be offered virtually using Zoom. Interested individuals need to register in advance and take the placement test online (a computer or tablet with Google Chrome will be required for the placement test, but phones can be used for the class). Please note that the assessment test can take up to four hours, so plan accordingly. Contact or call 410 367-5691 for additional information.  

Ending the Silence – NAMI Baltimore 

NAMI Baltimore offers free, hour-long Ending the Silence presentations to schools, which help jumpstart conversations around mental health. Interested schools can choose from 1 of 3 presentations tailored to either a parent, staff/faculty, or student audience. If you are interested in learning more, please click here for more information, or email Program and Outreach Coordinator Nova Getz at  

One Book Baltimore 2020

One Book Baltimore provides 7th and 8th graders, families, and communities to connect through literature by reading the same book titled “We Speak for Ourselvesby D. Watkins. Additional resources are found in this link such as Prenatal Storytime, sidewalk service, and mobile hotspots.  More information can be found at 

MAEOE Green School Program – apply this year! 

Is it time to renew your green school award? Is this the year you apply for the first time? Check out the requirements to apply and the application guide (and a one page summary) which has been modified slightly to accommodate distance learning. Please contact Joanna for support as you cultivate a green culture at your school. The Intent to Apply is due December 18 and the final application is due March 17. 

National Aquarium in Baltimore – register now for virtual experiences 

As you shore up your plans for the 2020-21 school year, we are pleased to offer an exciting array of education programs to you and your class—virtually! Age-appropriate options are now available for students in grades Pre-K through 12. Maryland public schools that typically enjoy free MSDE Aquarium field trips may enjoy access to our new Maryland: Mountains to the Sea virtual program at no charge, and our Shark! virtual program is free for the first 2,000 Baltimore City Public Schools or Title 1 school students registered. More information.  

Water Bill Assistance Application in Multiple Languages! 

You can now complete the BH2O water bill assistance applications in dozens of languages by clicking the Google translate “Select Language” icon in the top right corner of the website. 


Would you like to connect to resources in Baltimore City? Please click here for more information.  

Carrie Murray Nature Center – free virtual field trips to Gwynns Falls Leakin Park – grades 4-8 

As a part of the Every Kid Outdoors program, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ own Carrie Murray Nature Center is offering free virtual field trips for students in grades 4 through 8. A trip includes a pre-visit video, a live chat with Q&A from student-generated questions, and optional classroom activities. Topics include: Using the Stream ValleyAnimal Adaptations; or a topic of your choice. Contact Sarah Lank to discuss further. And check out other Every Kid Outdoors programs from the National Park Service to Fort McHenry and Hampton National Historic Site. 

A Moment To Grieve

Let your heart be heard w/Special Guest Pastor Lisa Harvey-Clark Roberta’s House Clara Annibal.