Annie E. Casey Foundation: Maryland Grants

OVERVIEW: The Annie E. Casey Foundation supports education, job opportunities, health, and neighborhoods in its headquarters location of Baltimore, Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, job opportunities, health, neighborhoods

IP TAKE: This prominent national funder regularly gives in its hometown of Baltimore and is a good one to know for direct services programs that benefit local children.

PROFILE: Established in 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private foundation based in Baltimore, Maryland. Jim Casey and his siblings established the foundation to honor their mother, and the foundation moved its headquarters to Baltimore in 1994. The Casey Foundation is “devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.” It funds local efforts for education, job opportunities, health, and neighborhoods.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a national philanthropy that supports nonprofits all over the U.S., but it focuses a significant amount of its attention on local causes in Baltimore. As part of the foundation’s Baltimore Civic Site program, it funds causes for local children and families in its hometown to address poverty, unemployment, school dropout rates, poor academic performance, and housing. Baltimore-specific interests include improving third-grade reading scores, developing a new community-based school, coordinating services in five East Baltimore schools, developing new housing and development in East Baltimore, and reducing the city’s infant mortality rate. The funder also has a Baltimore direct services grant program that funds summer programs for life skills training and cultural, academic, and athletic enrichment for underprivileged youth. It has a Results Count program to improve leadership in Maryland, as well as a children and family fellowship, youth opportunity initiative, juvenile detention alternatives initiative, and center for working families.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $100,000. 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 other targeted communities across the U.S. Past local grantees include Access Art, Druid Heights Community Development, and the Greater Homewood Community Corporation.

This foundation accepts grant applications from nonprofits at certain times of year and for some programs, such as the Baltimore direct services grants program. It shares current grant opportunities on its website when they are available. However, the staff approaches organizations directly and invites them to submit proposals in most circumstances. Direct general questions to the staff at 410-547-6600 or via online form.

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