Community Spruce-Up Program

Community Spruce-Up Program

Supporting neighborhood-driven projects

CBP supports neighborhood-driven, capital improvement projects in Central Baltimore public spaces through our Community Spruce-Up Program. We help neighborhood leaders and other partners identify opportunities for community enhancement, assess project feasibility, and mobilize collaboration between public and private partners. With funding from Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development, CBP awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for projects. This program was conceived in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and launched with the support of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in 2014.

The Community Spruce-Up Program has funded 49 projects to-date including playgrounds, community gardens, public art, safety improvements, and neighborhood signs. The striking feather-inspired facade at the Greenmount Recreation Center and the signature orange “W” shaped sign that welcomes visitors to the 32nd Street Farmers Market are just two examples of projects supported by the program. Cumulatively, our funding awards amount to $900,000, with a total program impact of $3.1 million. Six Baltimore-based organizations are now replicating the program with our help.

For more information about the program, contact Aaron Kaufman, Community Projects Manager, at

Review all the Community Spruce-Up Grant Recipients from 2014 to present.