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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 17, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 12
Call for Neighborhood Fund Grant Applications, Due Dec. 12

From October to December, faculty and staff are asked to donate money to the university's campaign for United Way of Central Maryland; the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, a part of that effort, provides a way for the university to give some back to nonprofits with which it has a close connection.

Between now and Friday, Dec. 12, local community organizations in which Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students and retirees are involved can apply for funding. Consideration is given to projects that focus on community revitalization, education, employment, health and public safety. Grants given out in 2007, the inaugural year, ranged from $1,125 to $10,000.

Neighborhood Fund-eligible nonprofits must provide programs or services to communities within the Live Near Your Work program boundaries or a three-quarter-mile radius of a Johns Hopkins campus that is participating in the United Way of Central Maryland campaign.

To date, more than $164,000 has been pledged to the Neighborhood Fund, making it the second most popular designation in the 2008 campaign, behind only United Way of Central Maryland.

The President's Office contributed $20,000 to the Neighborhood Fund last year and has agreed to repeat the effort with an initial $10,000 contribution and $10,000 in matching funds in support of pledges made to the fund during the final weeks of the campaign.

Last year, the fund was able to award 11 grants addressing specific requests such as after- school programs, community beautification projects, a homeless shelter and a homeownership and foreclosure prevention fair.

Children of the World Co-op, an international play group for children ages 1 to 4 and their parents or caregivers, received one of the inaugural grants. As David Sahnow, of the Center for Astrophysical Sciences, points out, "Thanks to support from the fund, COTW, located right in the backyard of the Homewood campus, can continue to meet the needs of so many in the Hopkins community and neighborhood by offering free and reduced tuition for those of limited income."

Members of the Johns Hopkins community who are involved with local nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding before the Dec. 12 deadline. Those who still have not contributed to this year's United Way campaign have until Dec. 12 to make a pledge online at: To date, the campaign is at 60 percent of its goal.

For more information about the Neighborhood Fund, including eligibility criteria, a grant application form and a listing of 2007 awardees, go to: and click on the Neighborhood Fund button, or contact Jeff Pratt in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-6060.


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