October 26, 2009

Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund now accepting grant applications

Faculty, staff, students and retirees who are involved with nonprofit organizations that need funding to provide programs and services to communities near Johns Hopkins campuses are encouraged to submit requests for funding from the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund. Applications for the 2010 grant year are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Part of the Johns Hopkins institutions’ annual United Way of Central Maryland Campaign since 2007, the Neighborhood Fund supports nonprofits that serve communities in close proximity to Johns Hopkins campuses and that are associated with Johns Hopkins through employee or institutional involvement. The program is designed to help address community needs in the areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health and public safety.

During the 2008 campaign, more than $220,000 was designated to the Neighborhood Fund by Johns Hopkins affiliates to lend support to community organizations working to improve the lives of those in need and to strengthen the neighborhoods Johns Hopkins shares with the citizens of Baltimore.

To date, the fund has awarded 23 grants to support a variety of efforts, including a homeless shelter, student mentoring programs, nutritious meals for those in need, new curricular materials and instructional support for at-risk students.

Organizations requesting grants must hold a 501(c)(3) tax code designation or use a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal agent; be associated with Johns Hopkins through institutional involvement or affiliation with faculty, staff, students or retirees; and deliver services within the Live Near Your Work program boundaries and/or a 3/4-mile radius of a Johns Hopkins campus that participates in the United Way of Central Maryland campaign.

To download a grant application, view eligibility guidelines or see a list of past recipients, go to http://web.jhu.edu/uw/NeighborhoodFund.html or contact Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, part of the Office of WorkLife and Engagement, at 410-516-6060.