Technical Review After you submit your application by January 13, 2023, Baltimore’s Promise staff will review your application materials. We will check that you have submitted the budget in the correct format, and that your required documents are correct and up to date. Baltimore’s Promise staff will email you by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 20, to let you know about any missing or incorrect materials. You will have until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 1, to resubmit any necessary materials. Funders may not consider incomplete applications. We strongly encourage you to read through the resources on required documents before submitting your application to avoid needing to resubmit materials.
Community Review Process After the technical review process, we may select your application for community reviewers to review. Reviewers will include youth ages 14-24, and parents/caregivers of youth ages 0-13. Ideally, all applications would be reviewed through this process. However, if we receive more than 200 applications, then we will prioritize:
Applications from BIPOC-led organizations
Applications from programs planning to have at least 51% of their participants be youth ages 14-24
These criteria line up with the funding priorities of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. They are committed to aligning 100% of their funding decisions with the community review process.
If we choose your application for review, the participatory review committee will evaluate your Program Description from your application. Each member will use the Community Review Rubric. We will then share the committee’s feedback with all SFC funders.
Funder Review and Decision-Making: After the community review process ends, SFC funders will receive all application materials, including feedback from the community reviewers, and begin their own decision-making. Foundations will base their funding decisions on their priorities and eligibility requirements. We will announce funding decisions by early April 2023. We will email a decision letter to the proposal contact listed on the Formstack application.
The SFC is an aligned fund. This means individual funders ultimately make the funding decisions according to their unique priorities and eligibility requirements. The SFC strives to coordinate funding decisions and fund whole program budgets as much as possible. Before finalizing their decisions, SFC funders meet to align final decisions with the goal of fully funding as many high-quality summer programs as possible.
The Baltimore Children and Youth Fund will actively incorporate feedback from the community review process by aligning 100% of their funding decisions with feedback from this review process. Other SFC funders may incorporate feedback from the community review process into their decision-making.