The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative consists of over 10 organizations that fund high-quality summer programs serving children and young adults from low-income families in Baltimore City. While funders make grant awards in response to their foundation’s specific funding priorities, SFC funders share a commitment to expanding access to high-quality summer opportunities and streamlining the process by which providers can access private grant dollars. The SFC uses a common application that allows providers to apply for grants from SFC funders with one submission.
who may apply for sfc funding?
To be considered for funding, your program should meet the following requirements shared by all SFC funders:
Primarily serve children and youth from low-income families living in Baltimore City.
Plan to serve healthy meals to students attending summer programs that operate four or more hours each day.
Promote academic and social-emotional growth in children and youth.
Where applicable, actively welcome and include students of all abilities – learning, physical, and otherwise.
In addition to the general eligibility requirements listed above, each SFC funder has their own requirements and preferences. For some funders, you must include certain documentation in your submission if you would like to receive their funding. Find out more by downloading the Funder-Specific Requirements.
How do i apply?
This common application allows programs to apply for grants from all the SFC funders at once. Please carefully review the Program Guidance before applying. If you have questions about completing this online application, please e-mail rfps(at)baltimorespromise.org.
All questions with an asterisk (*) next to them must be answered to submit the application. If you do not answer these required questions, our online system, Formstack, will not allow you to submit the application.
This application references previous Summer Funding Collaborative application cycles. If you have applied for funding from the SFC in the past and would like a copy of your application for Summer 2020, please contact Shoshana Davidoff-Gore at shoshana(at)baltimorespromise.org by November 20, 2020 at 5 PM.
How do i submit my application?
You must submit your proposal and supporting documents through our online application. You must also include a completed budget templateand sample weekly or monthly activities calendar with your application. Some funders require other supporting documents, or they will not consider your proposal. These documents may include the following:
Certificate of Good Standing
Confirmation of 501(c)(3) or 509(a) tax status
Most recent financial audit
Proof of fiscal sponsorship (if applicable)
Funders have the right to not consider incomplete proposals. Please closely follow the guidance on this page to make sure that your proposal meets the RFP’s requirements and is eligible for review. (Find a helpful checklist on the Resourcespage.) After you submit your application, you may be asked to provide additional information.
How will the sfc decide whether they will fund my program's proposal?
Historically, the SFC brings together groups of adult and youth reviewers to assess proposals based on various metrics, including program history and performance, program activities, and family and community engagement. In addition to the reviewers' assessments of proposals, funding decisions are informed by individual foundations’ funding priorities and eligibility requirements.
Due to Covid-19, it is not possible to conduct in -person adult and youth reviews of proposals this year. Instead, Baltimore's Promise will provide funders with a comprehensive guide that captures the perspectives and priorities of youth ages 16-24 collected in youth engagement sessions over the past year. In addition, the SFC will conduct focus groups with parents and caregivers of youth in Pre-K - Grade 8 to inform the decision-making process for programs that serve younger participants. The SFC strives to account for the needs and priorities of Baltimore's youth in the most meaningful and safest ways possible.
How do I account for covid-19 in my application?
SFC funders acknowledge the uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19 as it pertains to in-person programming, funding streams supporting the out-of-school time provider network, and public health considerations. Each of these things makes this application cycle more stressful and uncertain than ever for providers. As such, please complete this application by proposing the ideal model your program wishes to implement in Summer 2021. You will also have an opportunity to explain any modifications your program would implement if you are unable to run your program as planned due to COVID-19.
DEADLINE: The deadline for submission will be announced upon the release of the RFP in early November.
Please note that the SFC will not accept late applications or applications by email or postal mail. Plan to submit your application a few days ahead of time in case you need help of have problems submitting your application.
You will be able to apply online via Formstack by clicking here.