Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation: Maryland Grants

OVERVIEW: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation supports housing, health, jobs, education, and community services in Baltimore, Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S.

FUNDING AREAS: Housing, health, jobs, education, community services

IP TAKE: Learn about the Baltimore City Community Grants Program that is specific to Baltimore and awards local groups with budgets of $500,000 or less up to $10,000 per year.

PROFILE: Established in 1959, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is a private foundation based in Owings Mills, Maryland. Harry Weinberg was an immigrant who came to the U.S. in the early 1900s and built a career as a successful entrepreneur and successful investor for transportation and real estate. The Weinberg Foundation is “dedicated to meeting the basic needs of vulnerable people and families experiencing poverty.” It funds local efforts for housing, health, jobs, education, and community services.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation supports organizations that provide safe and affordable housing in Baltimore. It also funds groups that help adults and children lead healthy lives. Job-related grants help people secure quality jobs and find opportunities for advancement. Education grants support students from kindergarten through high school, while community service grants address a broad range of needs that align with the funder’s focus areas. Rural-related grantmaking addresses access to transportation, health services, and behavioral health, as well as jobs, capacity-building, and technical assistance. Overall, the foundation provides capital grants, operating grants, and program grants. It does not fund arts and culture, post-secondary scholarships, colleges and universities, religious institutions, think tanks, academic or health research, or fundraising events.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $50,000. The foundation typically awards approximately $125 million in grants annually. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the city of Baltimore in Maryland and also rural Maryland communities. Other geographic interests are Northeastern Pennsylvania, Chicago, Hawaii, Israel, New York City, and San Francisco because these places have ties to the legacy of Harry Weinberg. Past local grantees include Family Crisis Center of Baltimore, Episcopal Housing Corporation, and East Baltimore Development.

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry from nonprofits all throughout the year. The foundation has a program committee that meets six times per year to review grant requests submitted online. Full grant proposals are due within 60 days of receiving an invitation from the foundation to submit a full proposal. Direct general questions to the staff at grantsintake@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500.

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