Community Spruce-Up Program

Community Spruce-Up Program

Supporting neighborhood-driven projects

Since 2012, CBP has supported 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 to groups, individuals, and associations. This program was conceived in 2014 in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and launched with the support of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

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. Our cumulative funding has amounted to $900,000, with a total program impact of $3.1 million. Six Baltimore-based organizations are now replicating the Spruce-Up Program with our help.

For more information contact Aaron Kaufman, Community Projects Manager, at

2018 Community Spruce-Up Grant Recipients

Name of Project Applicant Project Cost Funds Granted
East Harwood Streetscape Beautification Project Harwood Community Association $52,200.00 $24,008.00
Greenmount Rec Center Green Space Project Telesis Baltimore Corporation $100,000.00 $20,000.00
Waverly Main Street Pedestrian Safety Project Waverly Main Street $85,000.00 $18,200.00
26th Street Implementation: Traffic Calming and Placemaking via Art, Greenery, and Community Organizing – MB Friends of Margaret Brent $17,969.20 $14,000.00
Traffic Calming and Place Making via Art – Barclay Friends of Barclay $35,900.00 $12,785.00
Welcoming Charles Village Community Space Project Charles Village Civic Association $31,119.00 $14,367.00
The Coordinated Greening of Greenmount West Greenmount West Community Association $24,228.04 $18,890.00
Village Learning Educational Garden Project Village Learning Place $16,119.36 $10,000.00
The Front Door Project Charles North Community Association $29,425.00 $17,750.00
Charles North Street Tree Project Neighborhood Design Center $30,000.00 $10,000.00
Totals  NA $421,960.00 $160,000.00

2017 HCPI Spruce-Up Grant Recipients

2016 HCPI Spruce-Up Grant Recipients

2015 HCPI Spruce-Up Grant Recipients

2014 HCPI Spruce-Up Grant Recipients