Johns Hopkins Medicine Awards 12 Community Grants


Neighborhood organizations provide vital services to East Baltimore

Paul B. Rothman, M.D., dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, on Wednesday presented 12 East Baltimore neighborhood-based groups with grants designed to help them in their missions of community revitalization, education, employment, health and public safety.

Last year, when the school of medicine celebrated its 125th anniversary, Rothman announced that the school would make $125,000 available to East Baltimore nonprofits that serve neighborhood residents.

At a reception held to present the awards, Rothman said, “This event is about celebrating an essential partnership, between East Baltimore and Johns Hopkins. These groups are doing inspired work focusing on education, jobs, community engagement, public safety and community health. With these grants, Johns Hopkins is helping to support the work that these organizations do every day.”

To be eligible for a grant, organizations needed to have programs located near The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Applicants submitted detailed proposals for how dollars would be used. The grant review committee consisted of nine staff members from Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The committee awarded grants based on organizations’ track records of service, their past stewardship of grant dollars and their program proposals.

“There are so many extraordinary people working to make great things happen in East Baltimore,” says Kevin Sowers, president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “This is a wonderful example that illustrates the power of partnering across our community to make a difference, together.”

Ronald J. Daniels, president of the Johns Hopkins University, joined Rothman and Sowers in thanking the grantees for their commitment to East Baltimore. “I am thrilled to support the crucial services these community groups provide to our neighbors and neighborhoods,” says Daniels. “From support for parks to home ownership to access to high nutrition foods, these grants reflect Johns Hopkins’ shared belief in our city and its residents.” 

The grantees are the Sixth Branch, Adopt-A-Block, Baltimore Farm-to-Clinic, the Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation, Bmore4Kidz, the Caroline Center, Charm City Care Connection, Friends of Betty Hyatt Park, the Monument Street Merchants Association, Sisters Circle, Baltimore Curriculum Project and the Young Kings Leadership Academy.