Sample Grants

Examples of Past Grants

Below is a list of selected grants made over the last few years at the France-Merrick Foundation.  The list is meant to provide context for the type of grantmaking that we do and is not an exhaustive list of grants, nor a complete list of our most recent fiscal year.  As you can see, our grants range in size and purpose and are given to a variety of types of institutions.


  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - $500,000 to support the redesign, upgrade and installation of exterior lighting and signage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
  • Maryland Film Festival - $200,000 to support the renovation of the Parkway Theatre in Station North into a film center in partnership with MICA and Johns Hopkins University
  • Single Carrot Theater - $60,000 to support the capital campaign for a permanent theater home at 2600 North Howard Street  
  • Maryland Nonprofits - $50,000 to support a major upgrade of technology infrastructure to improve ease of collaboration among nonprofits in the state
  • Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance/Jacob France Institute - $50,000 to support the creation, promotion and outreach for the Baltimore Arts & Cultural Mapping Project, now called Geoloom


  • Healthy Neighborhoods Inc. - $200,000 to promote and stabilize housing in 14 target neighborhoods in Baltimore City with a special focus on Callow Avenue in Druid Hill Park
  • Vehicles for Change - $100,000 to build out, equip and furnish classroom, office and conference space for an auto mechanic job training program
  • JARC - $83,000 to support the purchase of two Computer Numerical Control machines to be used in a manufacturing skills job training program
  • Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Health - $35,000 to update the career map for industry entry-level and mid-level jobs with local health care employers
  • Baltimore Community Toolbank - $18,000 to increase the tool inventory and to build a stormwater factory on site for capturing rainwater for washing tools


  • Rails to Trails Conservancy - $230,000  for a two phase feasibility study to create a world class trail network connecting communities to existing trails and positioning Baltimore as a 21st Century City
  • Baltimore Tree Trust - $200,000 to increase the tree canopy in Baltimore City by planting 2000 all native species new trees on private properties, leveraging the ability of the organization to dramatically impact the number of trees in Baltimore
  • Sultana Education - $150,000 to support the construction on a new environmental education center in the downtown historic Chestertown
  • Parks and People Foundation - $100,000 to support the construction of the Ecology Center in Druid Hill Park


  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) - $500,000 to acquire and renovate the RKK Building for campus and community development
  • Children’s Scholarship Fund of Baltimore - $150,000 to support “Fund the Future” scholarship fund which supports K-8 scholarships for low-income Baltimore City students to attend local private schools
  • Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women - $100,000 to support STEAM curriculum, technology and infrastructure
  • Mercy High School - $100,000 for infrastructure for 16 classrooms to support the introduction of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
  • Urban Teachers - $75,000 to develop and implement an integrated data portal in order to improve preparation of teachers to teach in Baltimore City Schools
  • MdBio Foundation – $25,000 to support the design and construction of a second mobile teaching laboratory to introduce students whose schools lack experimental laboratories


  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore - $500,000 to support their population health department’s newly emerging Care Navigation Hub focusing on its home neighborhood the Park Heights community
  • Marian House - $250,000 for construction of 10 permanent supportive family units to house homeless women and children at the Blessed Sacrament Support Housing project
  • JHU – Bayview Medical Center - $250,000 to fund a replacement mobile health clinic for Bayview which provides primary care across the East Side to those without a medical home 
  • Moveable Feast - $180,000 to support Sustain the Feast, Secure the Future capital update project to enable them to increase the number of meals provided to home bound infirmed clients
  • Maryland Citizens Health Initiative Education Fund - $143,700 to support a Faith Community Health Network to reduce hospitalization rates for congregants in partnership with Lifebridge hospitals, specifically Sinai, Northwest and Carrol Hospital Center
  • Franciscan Center - $50,000 to purchase a refrigerated van to access perishable food as part of their Healthy Foods Initiative
  • Shepherd’s Clinic - $29,100 towards the purchase of a new security system and four new phlebotomy chairs


  • Garrett-Jacobs Mansion - $200,000 to support the addition of a new structure to meet ADA standards and improve building access
  • Outward Bound - $125,000 to support the renovations and updating of the Orianda Mansion which houses Outward Bound staff
  • Civic Works - $100,000 to fund infrastructure work and historic renovations to the Clifton Mansion
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry - $50,000 challenge grant towards the “Maintain the Crane” restoration project


Pictures courtesy of Living Classrooms/ U.S.S. Constellation, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the SEED School of Maryland