New Fund in Baltimore Launches to Provide $500 Micro-Grants For Black-Led Organizations Impacted By COVID-19
CLLCTIVLY launches a no-strings-attached micro-grant to support Black-led and Black-owned organizations on the frontlines— serving children and families who have become even more economically vulnerable as a result of COVID-19.
As communities across the nation reopen, many individuals are emerging from lockdown fearful of what the future holds. In a city where 32% of Black Baltimoreans have zero net worth and 67% cannot survive more than three months in the absence of income*— the “new normal” evokes real fear and trepidation. The demand for emergency services, food, rent, utility, childcare assistance and mental health services are at an all-time high. In response, the social impact organization, CLLCTIVLY is providing fifty, $500 micro-grants to Changemakers in Baltimore’s Black community. To donate, visit BaltimoreCovidFund.com.
“We wanted to create a no-strings attached grant to support Black-led organizations serving in Baltimore. In particular, we wanted to create a fund that wouldn’t require organizations to jump through hoops to prove how they have been impacted by COVID-19. We didn’t have to wait for data. There is over 400 years of data that demonstrates how our communities have been historically dis- invested and underdeveloped. We understand the racial wealth gap and what Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO of ABFE, calls “foundation redlining,” states Jamye Wooten, the founder of CLLCTIVLY. “The Baltimore Black-led Solidarity Fund is not charity or aid; it is solidarity,” Wooten states.