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The Urban Children Foundation is accepting applications for Fall grants now! Organizations applying need to be located in Baltimore City and serve youth in Baltimore City. Applications are due on October 15th in the fall or March 15th in the spring and can be downloaded here.

Grants are awarded to established organizations that request funding that allows youth to pay fees, provide transportation, secure uniforms, and meet other fiscal or material resource needs associated with sports, music, and other visual and performing arts. The maximum grant amount is $500.

While we look forward to helping even more kids during 2017, I wanted to share a couple of stories about two recent grantees who used UCF funding to provide a "value add' to the experiences they provide for children in Baltimore.

Congratulations to Charm City Youth Lacrosse League, 901 Arts, Franklintown Community, Bulldog Basketball School - Baltimore, MD, and Jubilee Arts Baltimore for being selected as recipients for our Spring Bi-Annual Grant! The Urban Children Foundation is honored to support the great work of these youth organizations.

The Oldtown Gators Football and Cheer Team traveled to Orlando, Florida, to play in the Pop Warner National Championship at Walt Disney World. The Gators, a football, cheer leading and scholar program based in East Baltimore, traveled to Florida for a week and played for the Championship on Dec. 12th. UCF funding helped defray the costs of lodging and travel for the trip.

UCF recently made a grant to Elevation Chapel AME Church's Basketball Mentoring Program, which integrates mentoring, empowerment events and other activities as a way to provide boys and young men with mentoring, tutoring and other assistance they need to be successful. The UCF grant helped pay for basketballs and uniforms for participants, who range in age from 8 to 25.

On July 3, 2016, UCF hosted its first charity event: The UCF One-Miler. This was the only one-mile, point-to-point course through historic Fort McHenry. Everyone enjoyed the walk/run and the event raised awareness of UCF and the needed funding to continue our programs. A second instance of the UCF One-Miler was held on July 1, 2017.

Let us know if you have an ideas concerning other kids in need of help with extracurricular activities.