American Education Week is November 16-20, 2020!
Greetings, CSC’s and OST SMs! We hope you have adjusted to Daylight Savings Time. November is full of changes. The leaves have changed in full blast to a beautiful autumn picture in some cases, some of our schools are scheduled to start a hybrid opening for in-school learning. At the same time, we will be celebrating American Education Week November 16th through 20th. We want you to share your celebrations with us. Send your Specialist pictures of how you are celebrating, so our communications team can spotlight the great work being done at your school. Look out for more communication on American Education week coming soon by email.
A special shout out to the all the Coordinators as your Principals were nominees and awarded for the Heart of the School Award. In most cases Coordinators nominate Principals for this award. Please see link below.
We were so excited to see OST programs participating in various activities for Lights On Afterschool! Thank you to Maurice McKoy (Harlem Park), Kaitlin Keefer (Webster Kendrick), Quiana Bullock-Ojo (Barclay EMS), Barbara Neal (Calvin Rodwell), T. Callender (Pimilco), Janine Tucker (James McHenry), and Shateria Murray (Holabird EMS) for helping us celebrate and showcase all the great work being done around OST in Baltimore City. You rock!
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Deliverables for FY21
As a friendly reminder, the submission date of all scopes of work has passed. Please make note of the following due dates for quarterly reports:
- Q2 – January 15
- Q3 – April 15
- Q4 – July 15
*Please remember that quarterly reports will not be available in FUNDINGtrack until your scope has been signed by your principal.
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. Please email Sally Yan at email@example.com with questions about these trackers. If for any reason you have not completed your Q1 report, please communicate with your Specialist.
Deliverables for FY21
As a friendly reminder, the due date for all scopes of work has passed. Please make note of the following due dates for quarterly reports:
- Q2 – January 15
- Q3 – April 15
- Q4 – July 15
*Please remember that quarterly reports will not be available in FUNDINGtrack until your scope has been signed by your principal.
Additionally, OST SMs are required to submit monthly attendance trackers by the 5th of each month. Please email Clint Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the attendance trackers. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is required with the Q4 report. Please email Sally Yan at email@example.com with questions about the leveraged funds tracker.
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.
CSC sweatshirts are in! For contactless swag pick-up, please come to Family League (2305 N Charles St) Friday, November 20 from 10 A.M.-1 P.M. When you arrive, text or call Amy at 573.944.4072 or Shania at 443.916.9585, and they will place the swag in your trunk or back seat. If you did not pick up Summer Institute swag in September, you can pick that up during this time, too.
The first OST SM meeting of FY21 will be held Thursday, November 19 from 4 P.M.-7 P.M. You should have received a calendar hold with the Zoom link. If you have not received the link, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. During this meeting, we will have the YPQA kick-off and a discussion on Quality Improvement Teams.
There are two different blocks for the PQA basics training (12/9 and 12/10 from 1:30 P.M.-5 P.M. OR 12/15 and 12/16 from 1:30 P.M.- 5 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.
Swag pick-up: OST SI swag and sweatshirts are in! For contactless swag pick-up, please come to Family League (2305 N Charles St) Friday, November 20 from 10 A.M.-1 P.M. When you arrive, text or call Amy at 573.944.4072 or Shania at 443.916.9585, and they will place the swag in your trunk or back seat.
|Funder or Grant Name||Deadline||Link for Information||Details|
|Aflac Grants||https://bit.ly/3a8lDGv||Through 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||https://bit.ly/2K7723z||Through 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||https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/ARE-Grants-Introduction.aspx||Up 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||https://bit.ly/2RFK08a||The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayors 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 Mayors 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||Rolling||https://bit.ly/3b4jgFX||Proposals 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 schools 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.|
|Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community Projects||https://www.bcf.org/For-Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Grants#1023341-school--community-projects#1023341-school--community-projects#1023341-school--community-projects||Proposals 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 schools 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.
|Baltimore Women's Giving Circle||12/15/2020||BWGC welcomes grant applications from organizations that serve women and their families in Baltimore City and/or Baltimore County. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $25,000. If you would like to be on this RFP mailing list, please send an email request to email@example.com?|
|BGE Corproate Giving Program||At 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. CSR.BGE@bge.com?|
|BOOST Café's Creative Play Grants (Deadline to Apply: Ongoing)||Imagination 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 Initiative||Rolling||https://boostcafe.org/grants_and_funding/education-youth-development-culturecivic-programs-arts-mini-grants-initiative/||The 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.|
|Dollar General Literacy Foundation||https://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/||Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
Theyve awarded more than $172 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. Its never too late to learn.
|Free Sports Equipment||Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) works within the community to collect used and excess sporting equipment so that they can ensure that every kid living in and around the greater Baltimore area can enjoy the benefits of athletic involvement. Their donations benefit Title I/Charter Schools and youth/after-school programs looking to engage their students in the physical and mental benefits of youth sports participation. Click here?to apply for LPF's Equipment Grant. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Home Depot||https://thd.co/2wAVF0u||The Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.|
|Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Volunteer Micro-Grants ($250 -$1,000)||July 1st October 1st||https://karmaforcara.org/microgrant-application||The Karma for Cara Foundation has started a micro-grant program to encourage children and youth ages 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Application deadlines are seasonal, and decisions will be made within a month of each deadline.|
|Mattel and Good360||https://good360.org/faq/||Mattel and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of childrens 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. https://good360.org/faq/|
|OOST Café's The Craft Futures Fund (Deadline to Apply: Ongoing)||The Craft Futures Fund will fund up to $30,000 each month from May 2020 October 2020 to support craft-based education projects. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.|
|Robert Wood Johnson Foundation |
Polices for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice
|24-Nov-20||https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2020/policies-for-action--public-policy-research-to-advance-racial-equity-and-racial-justice.html?rid=0034400001rltOZAAY&et_cid=2263127||The goal of the Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can improve racial equity in health and well-being in the United States.|
|The Albertsons Companies Foundation||https://albertsonscompaniesfoundation.versaic.com/login||The 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||https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/new||The 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: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/new|
|The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation||https://cruisefoundation.wufoo.com/forms/z1awp9ye1x2abw4/||Grants 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||https://www.drkfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/submit-an-application/||The 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)||https://www.fordfund.org/grants||The 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.|
|The Mockingbird Foundation $10,000 Music Education Grant||https://mbird.org/grants/||The Mockingbird Foundation is offering grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work are of interest.|
|Toshiba American Foundation Grant for Elementary Math/Science Teachers Grades K - 5||Octobet 1st||https://bit.ly/3bl03zK||K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year. Applications must be for project-based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.|
|Under Armor||Rolling||https://uagrants.com||The 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 https://uagrants.com/
|Verizon Giving and Grants||https://vz.to/3eoqXIW||Verizon provides grants to eligible recipients. Their funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Contact your local community relations manager for grant info on how to receive an invite.|
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.
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MSDE Community Schools Toolkit
Check out this toolkit from the Maryland State Department of Education! You may find some useful resources to provide equitable services and outcomes to students, families, and communities.
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 English and in Spanish. The Early Childhood Development Challenge Statement and Survey graphics are attached. All of the surveys can be found here.
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.
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle presents a professional learning experience for youth-serving organizations. Application closes Monday, November 16, 2020. Click here to apply.
Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center provides vocational services and support services to veterans, returning citizens and economically disadvantaged individuals. Please email email@example.com for more information. Click here to download the flier.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410 367-5691 for additional information. Click here to download the flier.
STRIVE – An opportunity to move beyond what’s holding you back! Job trainings, incentives, programs for fathers, coaching, mentoring and so much more. Click here to download the flier.
NAMI Baltimore- Ending the Silence
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 email@example.com.
Pratt Library Resources
One Book Baltimore 2020 provides 7th and 8th graders, families, and communities the opportunity to connect through literature by reading the same book titled “We Speak for Ourselves” by D. Watkins. Additional resources are found in this link such as Prenatal Storytime, sidewalk service, and mobile hotspots. More information can be found at www.prattlibrary.org/.
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. Click here for 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.