Resources and Reminders – February 2021

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Greetings CSCs and OST SMs! Happy February! By this point, Groundhog Day has passed. Pretty sure that, if Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, that means six more weeks of virtual school, but who knows? In all seriousness, we hope you all are doing the best you can to navigate what continues to be a challenging and constantly evolving time for us all. Spring (and more vaccines) are coming. Mask up and hang on! 

Community Schools

During Q2, Kelly and her colleagues at Ben Franklin helped to launch a new tutoring program to support 12th grade ESOL students who are in danger of not graduating due to identified barriers. Kelly has done an amazing job working with the program’s lead teacher, recruiting (and registering) volunteers, and applying for grants to support the new program. ¡Bien hecho, Kelly! 

Out-of-School Time

In December, Algernon and his team at BUGS started (and completed) their Feeding the Homeless Service Project. Over the course of December, students at Commodore John Rodgers visited the BUGS/Living Classrooms campus, where they cooked meals and put together toiletry bags for the homeless.


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Community Schools

Partnership Trackers
As a reminder, CSCs must fill out and complete their partnership trackers in their entirety. Sally is no longer at Family League (she is missed!), but Jenn Duncan is doing an amazing job covering for her until Sally’s replacement is hired. Please pay very close attention to any data-related comments having to do with your trackers and email with any questions about your feedback.  

Deliverables for FY21
All Q2 reports should be approved by now. Please make note of the following due dates for the remaining quarterly reports:
Q3 – April 15th
Q4 – July 15th 

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 

All Q2 reports should be approved by now. Please make note of the following due dates for the remaining quarterly reports:
Q3 – April 15th
Q4 – July 15th

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

Mark your calendars for the next bimonthly networking event Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 11th. The format for March’s event will be similar to January’s event with CSCs required to attend one resources session and one elective session. Details for these offerings will be sent out in February. 

Thank you for signing up for a cohort/PLC! Cohorts/PLCs will meet three times before the end of the fiscal year. Your cohort lead will be reaching out soon. 

Out-of-School Time

The next OST SM PD will not take place until late April. Stay tuned!   

2021 Legislative Session Policy Priorities

This year, Family League is taking a deeper approach to our advocacy efforts by rooting all of our policy work in our recently released Community Health Needs Assessment developed in partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Community Health and Policy and through the generous support of the Bainum Family Foundation and the Goldseker Foundation. This document provides a community-informed foundation, not just for our soon-to-be-released strategic planning but also for establishing policy priorities to support improved outcomes for children, youth, and families in Baltimore.

As the Local Management Board for Baltimore City, our policy advocacy work is also guided by and in support of the Governor’s Office Of Crime Prevention Youth And Victim Services’ Results for Child Well-Being.  Through our Strategic Planning Process, we have prioritized the following three results areas for 2021 through 2024:

– the success of Baltimore City’s children in school;
– the economic stability of families; and
– the safety of communities for children, youth, and families

While our work will prioritize improving outcomes in these areas, Family League understands the interdependence of all the Results Areas of Child Well-Being. We will continue to work with our partners and the community to improve outcomes across all eight domains through policy advocacy in the following areas. Click each area below to learn more about the specific issues upon which we will focus.

Headings for Priority Areas_Child Care - Pandemic
Headings for Priority Areas_Education
Headings for Priority Areas_Police Reform Crim Justice
Headings for Priority Areas_Child Welfare
Headings for Priority Areas_Economic Security
Headings for Priority Areas_Food Access
Headings for Priority Areas_Housing
Headings for Priority Areas_Health
Headings for Priority Areas_Immigration

Have you signed up for Family League’s Policy Newsletter? This is the best place to stay on top of all the work that Family League does to support children and families in both Annapolis and in City Hall. Click here to sign up.

Funder or Grant NameDeadlineLink for InformationDetails
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 DNRRolling 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 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.  
BGE Corporate Giving Program BGE, we invest in organizations that support education, the environment, arts and culture, and community development programs. With a proven track record in addressing key community needs, we focus our funding on programs that can deliver measurable and sustainable improvements in the communities in which we serve and operate our business.
Now Available: We are happy to announce that our new online giving platform, CyberGrants, is now available! 
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. 
Cigna Healthier Kids For Our Future Food Insecurity Grant Febuary 26, 2021 of the focuses of the Healthier Kids For Our Future initiative is to address childhood hunger and improve nutrition. Research has shown that food insecurity can significantly affect a child’s short and long-term health, and may lead to poorer health outcomes later in life. Applications will be accepted from January 25–February 26, 2021.
Cigna Healthier Kids For Our Future Mental Health Grant Febuary 26, 2021’s aims to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. They fund programs that foster collaboration between stakeholders—including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits—to address mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children. Applications will be accepted until February 26, 2021.
Community Engagement Mini GrantsRolling Chesapeake Bay Trust Community Engagement Mini-Grant provides up to $5,000 to non-profits, community associations, faith-based organizations, and others that lead activities such as tree plantings, rain garden installation, stream cleanups, and other projects to enhance communities and improve natural resources. Requests are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended.
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.
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.
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. 
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 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.

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. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Please click here for information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Baltimore City. This page is managed by the Baltimore City Health Department and will be updated as information changes.  

The Baltimore City Children’s Cabinet

The Baltimore Children’s Cabinet convenes city and state agencies and key external partners to align the city’s collective youth-serving efforts to seven priorities:
• Increase early childhood development
• Decrease youth food insecurity
• Decrease youth homelessness
• Increase youth literacy
• Increase trauma-informed care for youth
• Increase youth diversion practices
• Break down historical barriers to success for Black boys and young men 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 allows 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 Dec 18 and the final application is due Mar 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 the link below. 

Carrie Murray Nature Center
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ own Carrie Murray Nature Center in Leakin Park is offering free virtual field trips for students in grades 4 – 8 as part of the Every Kid Outdoors program (formerly Every Kid in a Park). 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.