Are operated by organizations with 501(c)(3) or 509(a) status, or a current fiscal sponsor.
Serve children and youth (ages 0-24) from families with low-incomes living in Baltimore City.
Programs may take place outside of Baltimore City as long as SFC funding supports program participants that are Baltimore City residents
Programs may include participants that are not Baltimore City residents and/or do not come from families with low-incomes, as long as SFC funding is used to support program participants that are Baltimore City residents and who come from families with low-incomes
Are accessible to participants:
The SFC funds programs that primarily serve youth from families with low incomes in Baltimore City to increase access to quality summer opportunities for all young people. Most SFC programs do not charge any fees to participants. If your program charges a fee, you MUST provide an accommodation for participants who cannot pay the fee.
Programs should provide healthy meals and snacks to participants. Programs that run in-person for four or more hours each day must serve meals. The SFC encourages all programs to provide participants with healthy meals and snacks throughout the summer.
Programs must have a plan in place to ensure that participants are able to arrive and leave from the program safely.
Where applicable, programs should welcome and include students of all abilities.
In addition to these basic requirements, all SFC-funded programs must submit student-level enrollment and daily attendance data in our Salesforce System. All programs that receive SFC funding MUST submit attendance and enrollment data for all students supported by SFC funding. Programs should make sure that they can legally share data with the SFC and can meet all data collection requirements prior to applying. The SFC will also work with SFC-funded summer to meet the data requirements.
For summer 2024, the SFC will provide about $4 million to programs. Of this amount:
50% will fund summer programs focused on early-childhood, elementary, and middle school-aged youth
50% will fund summer programs focused on older youth ages 14-24
At least 75% will fund organizations led by Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian leaders
100% will be aligned with feedback from community reviewers
You are welcome to apply for the full funding needed to run a high-quality summer program. The SFC will prioritize funding full program budgets for grantees with organizational budgets that are less than $300,000. For grantees with organizational budgets greater than $300,000, grant awards will be capped at $75,000 per program.