CBP’s 2019 Community Spruce-Up Program Is Back

The 2019 Community Spruce-Up Program is now open. Those interested in applying to the program must first submit a Letter of Intent by March 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Those invited to submit an application must do so by May 3, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

CBP’s Community Spruce-Up Program is an annual program that supports community-led projects that improve the quality of life, facilitate grassroots engagement, enhance personal safety and streetscape appeal, stimulate the marketability of housing, boost commercial districts, and bolster the environment around schools. Through the program, CBP helps neighborhood leaders and other partners identify opportunities for community enhancement, assess project feasibility, and mobilize collaboration between public and private partners.

Residents, community groups, businesses, and organizations who reside, work, or own a business within Central Baltimore are encouraged to apply. Projects must be located within the following neighborhood boundaries in order to be eligible to apply: Abell, Barclay, Charles North, Charles Village, Greenmount West, Harwood, Midway, Oakenshawe, Old Goucher, Remington, Wyman Park, Waverly Main Street, and the lower Jones Falls area.

The goal of CBP’s Community Spruce-Up Program is to:
1. Provide mid- to large-scale leveraged grants for residents, community groups, and organizations in the CBP catchment area to develop and implement quality of life capital improvement projects.
2. Facilitate and support the community engagement, quality of life and capital investment goals of the HCPI agenda.
3. Support the engagement of diverse groups of community residents, business owners, artists, community groups, and stakeholders in the strategies of physical and social planning as community engagement and revitalization tools. In addition, engagement by parties investing within the CBP area (e.g., developers, builders, financial institutions, larger employers) will also be sought in terms of supporting the funded projects with cash and in-kind contributions, as well as recognizing the value that such projects bring to their respective interests.
4. Assist with the realization of the master and vision plans of communities in the CBP catchment area.
5. Contribute to the momentum of critical mass building in Central Baltimore through high-impact, visible quality of life improvement projects.

The program has supported community-led, innovative capital improvement projects, such as the facade improvement at the Greenmount Recreation Center, the fence weaving peace project at Mund Park, and the improvements around Waverly Commons, including the signature orange “W” shaped sign that welcomes visitors to the 32nd Street Farmers Market. Other Community Spruce-Up projects have transformed vacant lots into vibrant green spaces and parks, and installed public art in Central Baltimore communities.

For more information about CBP’s Community Spruce-Up Program, contact Community Projects Manager, Aaron Kaufman, at akaufman@centralbaltimore.org; or visit www.centralbaltimore.org/spruce-ups to explore previously awarded projects.

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CBP’s Community Spruce-Up Program is generously funded by the State of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development.