Baltimore pilot targets new way to build neighborhood trust with 10 hyper-local grants
M&T Bank and Weave: The Social Fabric Project, a program of the Aspen Institute, on Monday announced winners of the inaugural Weaver Awards celebrating and supporting neighbors who are weaving Baltimore’s social fabric. Each awardee receives $7,000 for a project that meets a community’s emotional need for connection and belonging.
The program aims to break the mold of typical community grantmaking in three ways: It supports connecting people at a time when many Americans feel divided and isolated; it gives resources to often-overlooked community leaders who might not have the time, experience or nonprofit status to apply for typical grants; and it aims to build a network of all Baltimore’s social weavers, whether or not they win grants, through an online community designed to offer long-term resources, skill workshops, peer support and potential partnerships.
Source: The Daily Record