HCPI Spruce-Up

HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grant Program

The HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grant Program provides funds to groups, individuals, and associations in the 10 neighborhoods and 1 commercial district of Central Baltimore. These are the neighborhoods of Abell, Barclay, Charles North, Charles Village, Greenmount West, Harwood, Oakenshawe, Old Goucher, Remington, Wyman Park, and the commercial district of Waverly Main Street. And this includes the area around Jones Falls.

This Grant Program has been designed to stimulate neighborhood-driven, quality of life, capital improvement projects at the grass-roots level. It provides matching resources for projects that require $10,000 to $25,000 for their successful completion, and are part of larger overall projects that range in total cost from $15,000 to several times that amount.

The Spruce-Ups have advanced ongoing work by individuals, groups, community and nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, the Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, foundations, and anchor institutions. In turn, the projects that have received these grants have all advanced the Homewood Community Partners Initiative agenda. Most importantly, they’ve aided the people of Central Baltimore in their quest to make a great place even better!

Support for this program is being provided by the Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative of the State of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

If you have any questions about the HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grant Program, please contact Community Outreach Coordinator Temple Stokes at t.stokes@centralbaltimore.org or at: the Central Baltimore Partnership, 25 E 20th St, Baltimore, MD 21218, 410-244-1775.

2017 Schedule

Letter Of Intent Due: By Close of Business, February 27, 2017

All applicants must submit 3 hard copies and one electronic copy to Temple Stokes (contact info above) of a one-page letter that includes the following information:

  • Organization/individual background
  • One-to-two paragraph of project idea and its connection to existing community plans
  • Potential partners and other funding sources being pursued
  • Amount requested with approximate budget and date of completion

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017: Program Preview Meeting
  • Monday, February 27: Letter of Intent Due
  • Friday, March 3: Application Released to Selected Respondents
  • Monday, April 3: Applications Due
  • April 10 – April 28: Application Review
  • Monday, May 1: Applicants Notified of Funding Decision
  • May 10 (CBP May Partner’s Meeting) : Publicly Announce Grant Award Recipients
  • May/June 2016- June 2017: Project Implementation
  • December-January 2016: 6-Month Reports Due
  • June 2017: Final Reports Due
 If you would like to read more about the HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grant Program, the following information is available:

2016 HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grants Presented on May 11

Name of Project Applicant Total Project Cost Funds Granted
Dog Waste Station Project Charles Village Community Benefits District  $12,936.00  $10,152.00
Remington Avenue Bridge Gateway Friends of Stony Run  $35,000.00  $20,358.00
Remington Playground Revitalizaiton Greater Remington Improvement Association  $94,500.00  $25,000.00
26th Street Playground Renovation Strong City Baltimore  $131,616.00  $25,000.00
Barclay Recreation Collaborative: Connecting Community Through Art Greater Greenmount Community Association  $31,474.00  $24,299.00
Union Plateau at Wyman Park Dell Friends of Wyman Park Dell  $30,000.00  $21,600.00
Guilford Bridge Makeover New Greenmount West Community Association  $25,000.00  $20,630.00
21 1/2 Street and Bold, Beautiful, Brilliant Barclay (BBBB) Greater Greenmount Community Association  $49,182.00  $23,182.00
Olmsted Parkway Restoration and Beautification Project Waverly Main Street, Inc.  $45,000.00  $22,000.00
     $454,708.00  $192,221.00
Nine projects received a total of $192,000 in grants on May 11, 2016. Read more about it.

The 2015 HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grants


Applicant  Granted Neighborhood Project
Charles Village Community Benefits District $24,017 Charles Village Village Street Tree Replacement Project:
will restore and increase the tree canopy in Charles Village, Abell, Barclay and Harwood saving 15 established trees and planting 100 trees to restore lost trees and fill in canopy gaps.
Greater Remington Improvement Association $12,801 Remington Sisson Street Lot Project:
will improve this major green space that has been informally used as a gathering spot, a community garden, and much needed play space for children, residing in the surrounding streets in Remington
Old Goucher Community Association $24,068 Old Goucher Old Goucher Tree Canopy Restoration:
will enable the OGCA and the Baltimore Tree Trust to implement restoration of tree canopy (up to 75 trees) through extensive community organizing.
Old Goucher Business Alliance $12,050 Old Goucher Old Goucher Neighborhood Signage Improvement Project:
will provide neighborhood identity through colorful street signs that highlight the artistic character of Old Goucher.
Greater Homewood Community Corporation $20,696 Barclay 2101 Calvert Street Beautification Project:
will beautify the 2100 block of N. Calvert St. and converting the targeted area to handle storm water runoff.
Telesis Corporation $25,000 Barclay Barclay Park Spruce Up:
will support the creation of a new community park with art and signage designed and built by local artists.
Jubilee Baltimore

Hidden Harvest

$12,621 Greenmount
Hidden Gems:
will improve the operation of the 1/2 acre Hidden Harvest Farm (a member of the city-wide Farm Alliance) and help relocate the Cabana Men’s Club to a new site in Greenmount West.
Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School  $17,500 Greenmount
Build Our Backyard:
will provide playground access to neighborhood children, and these overall improvements, including a shade structure, will provide a safe, shady and cheerful environment for neighbors and students to enjoy together.
New Greenmount West Community Association $21,560 Greenmount
Come Out and Play:.
(the next phase of maintaining the vacant lots designated as the “Wonderground”) will add a focus on Oliver Street in providing amenities and services to bicyclists living in and traveling through Greenmount West neighborhood.
Total $169,302.
Click on the links below to learn more about the 2015, grant cycle.

2015 HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grants Awarded Press Release May 13, 2015
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About HCPI Spruce-Up Grants
2015 HCPI Spruce-Up Grant Workshop Announcement
HCPI Community Spruce-Up 2015 Information Sheet
HCPI Spruce-Up Grant Application Process 2015

For info about the 2014 HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grants Click Here 

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