The South Baltimore Gateway Partnership is pleased to share our progress and report on our activity during the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2019. This quarterly report also serves as an update to the FY19 South Baltimore Gateway Partnership Financial Plan.
During the past quarter, SBGP continued managing the Community Grants awarded in the first three grant cycles and prepared for its fourth cycle of Community Grants to open next quarter. The implementation of Enhanced Services continued to accelerate following the execution of two master agreements with the City last quarter for improvements to parks, recreation centers and public spaces across the South Baltimore Gateway District. In addition, SBGP announced a $900,000 Operating Support Fund for local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) serving the District and continued administering Transformational Project commitments to the construction of the Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center at Cherry Hill and to reinvent the Middle Branch as Baltimore’s Next Great Waterfront.
Meanwhile, SBGP hired a new Community Grants Director and a new Communications and Outreach Specialist and continued to develop the infrastructure for a professional and well-managed organization. As a result, SBGP’s priority has remained to get money out the door and into its communities in a way that is strategic, disciplined, equitable and well-documented:
- To date, SBGP has committed over $6.3 million to over 140 projects across the District, ranging from small community grants to large capital projects.
- In addition, SBGP is planning to announce approximately $500,000 of new grant awards scheduled for the Spring and is planning to implement additional Enhanced Services as the weather improves.
- SBGP is also actively cultivating, reviewing and assessing additional potential Transformational Projects it expects to undertake in the future. These complex projects take a long time to develop, often proceeding in multiple stages.
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