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The Foundation supports organizations that ensure children are ready for kindergarten; achieve grade-level academic performance in reading, math, and science; and graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. This portfolio includes an emphasis on early childhood development, STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math), literacy, out-of-school time, and child and family safety.

Preparing and equipping children for academic and life success

Geographic Focus

  • Baltimore City and Baltimore County
  • Greater Chicago
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Nationally for capital projects only
  • Israel: For the next several years, the Foundation is funding only capital grants within the Israel Program Area of Early Education and Youth At-Risk. Capital grants are for new construction, renovations, major equipment, and some infrastructure. We are primarily funding the following types of projects:
    • Early childhood centers (Merkaz L’Gil HaRach)
    • Shelters for women and their children who are escaping intimate partner violence
    • Youth villages for youth at-risk without family support

If you have questions about grantmaking in Israel, please contact Rafi Rone, Program Director, Israel and Jewish General Community Support at rrone@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 247. Nonprofit providers may apply directly to the Weinberg Foundation via a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

Goals

Early childhood education

The Foundation supports programs that ensure that all children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. The Foundation supports programs that provide direct supportive services, including childcare, home visiting, and parent and family support. Training and technical assistance for early childhood providers and professional development for teachers and administrators also are of interest.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The Foundation supports programs that prepare children for evolving workforce needs that require STEM literacy. Effective STEM education begins early, and outreach to low-income and minority children is necessary to increase access to quality instruction and raise the awareness of STEM careers. The Foundation supports in-school and out-of- school STEM programs and instruction, professional development to strengthen STEM instruction and teaching expertise, and programs proven to improve math proficiency.

Out-of-school time

The Foundation supports after-school, weekend, and summer programs that blend academic learning with enriching activities to increase school attendance, positive social behavior, and academic achievement. These programs include arts and sports activities which promote academic gain as well as health and nutrition, and also have an evaluation component. Of specific interest are out-of-school programs that promote STEM, prepare children for kindergarten, improve student literacy and math proficiency, and provide role models through mentoring. The Foundation also invests in professional development and staff training, effective data collection, and evaluation.

Seeking a Grant?

Capital grants

May be made nationally. Priorities include building, expanding, and renovating facilities as well as purchasing equipment needed to —

  • Support early education programs, professional training, family support, and school readiness to prepare children for kindergarten.
  • Promote engagement and instruction of children in STEM subjects.
  • Provide after school, weekend, and summer academic and enrichment programs.

All inquiries regarding grants to promote child and family safety should be directed to Rachel Duden, Program Associate, US Education and MSGP, at rduden@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 229.

The Weinberg Foundation also continues to fund direct services for homeless youth through the Basic Human Needs & Health program and job training and placement for youth through the Workforce Development program.

Your First Step in the Grants Process is the Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Grants are made in one of three categories: General Operating Support, Program Support, Capital Project.
  • Each type of grant requires its own specific LOI.
  • The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days.

Your LOI should answer the following questions:

  • Which goal under “US Education” best fits the grant request, and how does the proposed project further that goal?
  • Is your organization seeking funds to expand the program to serve more children/families, expand to provide additional programs/services, or maintain existing services?
  • How does your organization measure success, and what are your outcomes from the past year?
  • How many participants complete the program on an annual basis, and what is the cost per participant for each program?

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

If you have any questions about the LOI process or the status of your LOI, please contact Nakia Horton, Gifts Administrator, at nhorton@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 254.

For more program-specific information or if you have questions, please contact Sheryl Goldstein, Managing Director, Programs & Grants / Program Director, Education (US), at sgoldstein@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 217.

Baltimore Library Project

To improve student literacy, the Foundation created The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project: www.baltimorelibraryproject.org.

For any questions related to the Library Project please contact Rachel Duden, Program Associate, Libraries & General Community Support Grants, at rduden@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 229 or Leisel Harry, Program Associate, Library and Special Projects, at lharry@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 214.

Summer Funding Collaborative

The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative supports high-quality summer programs that serve low-income Baltimore City youth. The Funding Collaborative includes ten of Baltimore’s largest charitable funders: the Abell Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Clayton Baker Trust, Family League of Baltimore, France-Merrick Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, and The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation. These programs address one or more of the following areas: literacy; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); youth employment; college and career readiness; environmental education; health and overcoming stress and trauma; and enrichment such as sports and the arts.


Overview

The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative (SFC) consists of 11 organizations that fund high-quality summer programs that serve children and young adults from low-income families in Baltimore City. The collaborative uses a common application that allows organizations to apply for grants from all SFC funders with one application submission.


General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must primarily serve children and youth from low-income families who live in Baltimore City and have a plan to serve healthy meals to students attending summer programs that operate four or more hours per day. The SFC will prioritize summer programs that have been in existence for at least two years, work to promote academic and social-emotional growth in children and youth, and are inclusive of students of all abilities.


More Information

Please find the full RFP, the online application, and proposal resources on the Baltimore’s Promise Funding Opportunities webpage.

We encourage you to share this funding opportunity widely with your networks and any organizations who may want to apply or partner to apply for funding. If you have any questions about this RFP, please e-mail rfps@baltimorespromise.org.


This video highlights the benefits of the Summer Funding Collaborative.