More than two decades in the making, Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (BCYF) provides local youth-focused groups with grants ranging from $500 to $500,000. BCYF is funded annually by 3 percent of the city’s property taxes. What’s innovative is how its principals structured it to ensure that small Black grassroots groups that usually go unfunded have a seat at the table.
At a time when some Maryland leaders are looking to crack down on crime, others are taking a longer view, pushing the idea that the way to stop crime is by focusing on and nurturing the city’s youngest residents.
The ordinance for the Youth Fund was signed into law on 1/22/2018 by Mayor Catherine Pugh. The Memorandum of Understanding for the Youth Fund between Associated Black Charities and the City of Baltimore is on the 1/31/2018 agenda for the Board of Estimates (BOE) – the city’s spending panel.
City of Baltimore | February 23, 2017 Baltimore took a major step toward strengthening investments in young people Tuesday evening when more than a hundred citizens gathered for the first