Resources and Reminders – October 2020

Lights on Afterschool is October 22nd!


Reminder! Lights on Afterschool is Thursday, October 22nd. Lights on Afterschool is a national event celebrating afterschool programs and their significant role in the lives of families, youth, and communities. Family League will be attending sites that will be participating in the event. Please send calendar invites or emails to your OST/CS Specialist. For more information http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Greetings, CSCs and OST SMs! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our Communications Team would like to highlight your support of this important cause. We encourage you to send photos of you (and potentially your team) wearing pink to Pam at pjohnson@familyleague.org 

 

A big CS welcome to Aneuri (Wolfe Street), Katelyn (Callaway), Molly (Wildwood), Rashidat (Harlem Park), Sasha (Moravia Park), and Shira (Patterson). We are thrilled that the six of you have joined the most dynamic group of change agentin Baltimore! 

Shout out to Living Classrooms/BUGS at Commodore John Rodgers! Due to COVID-19, Mr. Al and his team of educators had to come up with a new and creative way to introduce themselves to prospective families. They put together this awesome recruitment video to set the stage for the new year and get word out about some vacancies in the program. Check it out! 

FUNDINGtrackSupport

Are you struggling with FUNDINGtrackDo you need FUNDINGtrack training? Do you have a question about how to better use FUNDINGtrackIf so, please send a ticket to our Help Desk asupport@familyleague.org. Be sure to include your name, organization, role, and best availability for training so we can get you access.

Community Schools

Deliverables for SY21 

As a friendly reminder, all scopes were due in September. Please make note of the following due dates for quarterly reports: 

  • Q1 – October 15 
  • Q2 – January 15 
  • Q3 – April 15 
  • Q4 – July 15 

Please remember that quarterly reports will not be available in FUNDINGtrack until your scope has been signed by your principal. Additionally, all CSCs are required to submit their supports/partnership tracker with each quarterly report. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is required with the Q4 report. Please email Sally Yan at syan@familyleague.org with questions about these trackers. 

Out-of-School Time

As a friendly reminder, all scopes were due in September. Please make note of the following due dates for quarterly reports: 

  • Q1 – October 15 
  • Q2 – January 15 
  • Q3 – April 15 
  • Q4 – July 15 

Please remember that quarterly reports will not be available in FUNDINGtrack until your scope has been signed by your principal. Additionally, OST SMs are required to submit monthly attendance trackers by the 5th of each month. Please email Clint Middleton at cmiddleton@familyleague.org with questions about the attendance trackers. Finally, the leveraged funds tracker is required with the Q4 report. Please email Sally Yan at syan@familyleague.org with questions about the leveraged funds tracker. 

As a reminder, all our partners are welcome to sign up for FREE(!!) PD sessions on Learning Stream. The PD calendar is being updated frequently, and you can access October’s calendar by clicking here 

Community Schools

As a friendly reminder, there is no required PD in October. Our next PD session will take place on Wednesday, November 10th, from 9 AM until 12 PM (on Zoom). More details to come! Please see the schedule for remaining PD sessions below:  

  • November 10th  
  • January 13th (Training for Needs Assessment) 
  • March 10th 
  • May 12th 

The bimonthly CSC storytelling topic for November’s session will be “What Baltimore Means to Me.” Additionally, we are looking for CSC presenters for the following topics for future bimonthlies: 

  • Conducting virtual home visit vs. in-person home visits 
  • Competencies of a coordinator in the virtual space 
  • Take a CSC competency and workshop it through case studies 

Please email Amy to sign-up or for more information at abopp@familyleague.org. Stipends are available for storytellers and presenters. 

We encourage all Coordinators to explore virtual PD offerings on  Learning Stream through Family League’s PD Calendar.

Out-of-School Time

Thank you to those OST site managers who attended September’s required Summer Institute. We will be meeting three times this school year for PD. Please make note of the following tentative dates and times below. More details to come via email.  

  • Thurs, Nov 1(4:30 PM – 7:30 PM)  
  • Thurs, Jan 28 (4:30 PM – 7:30 PM)  
  • Thurs, Apr 22 (4:30 PM – 7:30 PM)  

Family League’s Policy Team 

There are no current policy updates at this present time. For more information, please contact Margo Quinlan mquinlan@familyleague.org. 

Funder or Grant NameDeadlineLink for InformationDetails
Aflac Grantshttps://bit.ly/3a8lDGvThrough Aflac's Charitable Contributions, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for grants under one of the following areas of need: children and youth, education, environmental, health and human services, civic and community, arts and culture, and minorities. Recent contributions have been awarded to libraries, youth mentorships, foster care centers, public high schools, school districts, and universities. Eligible applicants must not have received funds from the foundation within the last year. Requests are not accepted from individuals, private secondary schools, or religious organizations.
ALDI Smart Kidshttps://bit.ly/2K7723zThrough ALDI Smart Kids, we partner with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids' health and wellness. So, whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. ALDI says kudos to you and encourages you to apply for support from its Smart Kids program here.
Aquatic Resources Education Grants - Maryland DNR up to $2,500 for a school - rolling deadline https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/ARE-Grants-Introduction.aspxUp to $2,500 for individual schools for learning activities and stewardship projects tied to the curriculum that benefit MD's aquatic resources. Request support for alternative arrangements and platforms for engaging students, such as blended learning comprising a combination of virtual and in-person (at home) learning, including asynchronous student investigations at home or in their community. Support is also offered for professional learning opportunities that enable teachers to transition their aquatic education activities to alternative platforms and settings. More information. 
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2RFK08aThe Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundation The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs). Click here for more info. 
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community ProjectsRollinghttps://bit.ly/3b4jgFXProposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school’s students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community.
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community Projects https://www.bcf.org/For-Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Grants#1023341-school--community-projects#1023341-school--community-projects#1023341-school--community-projectsProposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school’s students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community. Click here to learn more.  
BOOST Café's Creative Play Grants (Deadline to Apply: Ongoing) Imagination Playground™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.  
BOOST Café's Education and Youth Development and Culture/Civic Programs and Arts Mini-Grants InitiativeRollinghttps://boostcafe.org/grants_and_funding/education-youth-development-culturecivic-programs-arts-mini-grants-initiative/The foundation has focused on supporting programs that serve youth, kindergarten through 12th-grade education, and cultural and civic organizations, as well as local needs in the communities surrounding our offices and manufacturing facilities. 
Dollar General Literacy Foundationhttps://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
They’ve awarded more than $172 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It’s never too late to learn.
Free Sports Equipment Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) works within the community to collect used and excess sporting equipment so that they can ensure that every kid living in and around the greater Baltimore area can enjoy the benefits of athletic involvement. Their donations benefit Title I/Charter Schools and youth/after-school programs looking to engage their students in the physical and mental benefits of youth sports participation. Click here to apply for LPF's Equipment Grant. Questions? info@levelingtheplayingfield.org.   
Home Depothttps://thd.co/2wAVF0uThe Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.
Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Volunteer Micro-Grants ($250 -$1,000)July 1st October 1sthttps://karmaforcara.org/microgrant-applicationThe Karma for Cara Foundation has started a micro-grant program to encourage children and youth ages 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Application deadlines are seasonal, and decisions will be made within a month of each deadline.
Mattel and Good360 https://good360.org/faq/Mattel and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of children’s toys and products to USA nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and newly developed organizations. Funding is intended to provide nonprofits with necessary supplies to achieve their mission and help local children (ages 3-12 preferred). Nonprofits may apply to receive donations such as toys, diapers, clothes, mattresses, computers and more. https://good360.org/faq/ 
OOST Café's The Craft Futures Fund (Deadline to Apply: Ongoing) The Craft Futures Fund will fund up to $30,000 each month from May 2020 – October 2020 to support craft-based education projects. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that envision and build new futures for craft. 
The Albertsons Companies Foundation https://albertsonscompaniesfoundation.versaic.com/loginThe Albertsons Companies Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that eradicate childhood hunger. This program seeks organizations working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to a nutritious meal every day. Click here to begin the application. 
The Awesome Foundation https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/newThe Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. Apply for a grant by clicking here: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/new 
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation  https://cruisefoundation.wufoo.com/forms/z1awp9ye1x2abw4/Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA nonprofits for programs in education, community development, and public health are available. Funding is intended to support programs for financially disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged. Click here to begin the application. 
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation  https://www.drkfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/submit-an-application/The Kaplan Foundation is offering up to $300,000 seed money grants for organizations that want to scale or expand programing. This grant is open for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects must address important social issues at the national or global level. Click here for the application. 
The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund)https://www.fordfund.org/grantsThe Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is offering grants to USA nonprofits for programs and projects related to education, automotive safety, and community needs. Priority is given to the support and development of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
The Mockingbird Foundation $10,000 Music Education Granthttps://mbird.org/grants/The Mockingbird Foundation is offering grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work are of interest.
Toshiba American Foundation Grant for Elementary Math/Science Teachers Grades K - 5Octobet 1sthttps://bit.ly/3bl03zKK-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year. Applications must be for project-based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.
Under ArmorRollinghttps://uagrants.comThe Heart of the School
The Heart of the School Fund is a year-round program delivering grants to Baltimore City Public School principals for school enhancement projects. It provides support in areas such as professional development, musical instruments, new technology, school events, trips, acquiring vital resources, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at https://uagrants.com/
Verizon Giving and Grantshttps://vz.to/3eoqXIWVerizon provides grants to eligible recipients. Their funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Contact your local community relations manager for grant info on how to receive an invite.

The Center for Urban Families’ STRIVE® Program 

STRIVE prepares participants for the workforce through a strict training that focuses on sharpening job-seeking and job-readiness skills and improving workplace behavior. Cycles last three weeks and run from Monday through Friday. Virtual training is scheduled from 9:00 am-12:00 pm using Zoom. STRIVE® graduates receive assistance with job placement, particularly among employers that are continuing to hire during the COVID-19 pandemic. The next virtual STRIVE® orientation is Friday, October 9th, with training beginning Monday, October 12th. Interested individuals must enroll prior to orientation. See attached flyer for more information. 

The Center for Urban Families’ GED Prep Course 

CFUF offers free GED prep classes in collaboration with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). The next virtual GED prep class cycles begin in mid-October. Classes will be offered virtually using Zoom. Interested individuals need to register in advance and take the placement test online (a computer or tablet with Google Chrome will be required for the placement test, but phones can be used for the class). Please note that the assessment test can take up to four hours, so plan accordingly. Contact kwolfson@cfuf.org for additional information. 

Free Cancer Screenings 

If you, someone you love or someone you know needs breast, cervical or colon cancer screening, the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) offers high quality, no-cost services to those without insurance or anyone in need of additional support in metropolitan Baltimore. This community-based program within the UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center is based in West Baltimore at Caton Crossroads Professional Center, 3350 Wilkins Avenue, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21229To enroll and set up an appointment, please call 410-328-HOPELanguage capabilities: English and Spanish. 

Ending the Silence – NAMI Baltimore 

NAMI Baltimore offers free, hour-long Ending the Silence presentations to schools, which help jumpstart conversations around mental health. Interested schools can choose from 1 of 3 presentations tailored to either a parent, staff/faculty, or student audience. If you are interested in learning more, please click here for more information, or email Program and Outreach Coordinator Nova Getz at ngetz@namibaltimore.org.  

Mid-Atlantic Community Network – Free for Nonprofits; Enables Warm Referrals for Case Management
Kaiser Permanente and Unite Us are excited to collaborate with Maryland Nonprofits to support the launch of the Mid-Atlantic Community Network in Greater Baltimore on October 20. To participate in this network to electronically, or refer community members in need to service providers throughout the region and track outcomes, please complete this Partner Registration Form. Being a part of this community will provide connections to more than 140 organizations that are already participating throughout the DMV area. Questions? Contact Jason Jude at jason.jude@uniteus.com. 

City Schools Sustainability Ambassadors – Thu Oct 8 at 4 PM 

Welcome all Sustainability Ambassadors! Your role will be a bit different this year given distance learning, but we are still hopeful you can integrate sustainability, environmental education, environmental justice, and student leadership into your school. See the Sustainability Ambassador summary and School Sustainability Plan. Up to three teachers at each school can earn up to four AUs each for leading and documenting their greening work with their school and students. See the Green Leader AU documents and submit an application with your principal’s signature if you wish to participate. RSVP here. 

Pratt Library Resources 

Attached to the R&R are a number of resources from the Enoch Pratt Library, including an event calendar for October. Additionally, attached you can find information on Prenatal Storytimes, sidewalk service, and mobile hotspots. More information can be found at https://www.prattlibrary.org/ 

MAEOE Green School Program – apply this year! 

Is it time to renew your green school award? Is this the year you apply for the first time? Check out the requirements to apply and the application guide (and a one page summary) which has been modified slightly to accommodate distance learning. Please contact Joanna for support as you cultivate a green culture at your school. The Intent to Apply is due Dec 18 and the final application is due Mar 17. 

National Aquarium in Baltimore – register now for virtual experiences 

As you shore up your plans for the 2020-21 school year, we are pleased to offer an exciting array of education programs to you and your class—virtually! Age-appropriate options are now available for students in grades Pre-K through 12. Maryland public schools that typically enjoy free MSDE Aquarium field trips may enjoy access to our new Maryland: Mountains to the Sea virtual program at no charge, and our Shark! virtual program is free for the first 2,000 Baltimore City Public Schools or Title 1 school students registered. More information. 

Childcare and Education Assistance Programs 

The child care scholarship program provides financial assistance with childcare costs to eligible families in Maryland. You can find licensed child care providers for younger children and school-age youth up to age 13—and the state has child care scholarships to help cover the costs. Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will host in-person Student learning center spaces to engage in distance learning for students in grades K  5. Baltimore City Public Schools is working hard to help families secure the devices and wifi access students need to fully participate in virtual learning. Find more information on resources available here 

Water Bill Assistance Application in Multiple Languages! 

You can now complete the BH2O water bill assistance applications in dozens of languages by clicking the Google translate “Select Language” icon in the top right corner of the website.