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Baker Donelson Opens Application Process for 15th Annual Community Grants Program

Non-Profits Serving At-Risk Youth in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Eligible for Support Grants

The law firm of Baker Donelson is accepting applications for its annual Community Grants Program, which awards $35,000 in community grants to aid non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth living in Baltimore City and Washington, D.C.

Baker Donelson will award two $10,000 grants and one $15,000 special grant to non-profit, community-based organizations that focus on educating, clothing, sheltering or feeding at-risk youth in the metropolitan Baltimore or Washington, D.C. areas. In addition to financial support, the $15,000 special grant will include a volunteer supplement through which Baker Donelson employees will volunteer their time to the grant recipient.

Now in its 15th year, this program has awarded more than $500,000 and provided nearly 1,000 volunteer hours to organizations focused on improving the lives of at-risk youth in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. communities. The recipient of the 2017 special grant was the Baltimore Hunger Project, which distributes critical weekend food packs to fill the "Hunger Gap" that starts at the last school-provided meal on Friday afternoon and ends with the first meal provided at school on Monday morning. The $15,000 grant allowed the Project to support an additional 75 children for an entire school year. At a volunteer event on May 19, 2018, Baker Donelson employees will assemble 500 weekend meal packs that will be provided to food-insecure students and their families.

Grant applications and guidelines for the 2018 Baker Donelson Community Grants Program are available at Completed applications must be received by Monday, August 6, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to frame their requests with details on how the grants would support specific programs within the organization rather than being applied to an organization's general overhead. All organizations applying for assistance must be certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Established in 2003 on the occasion of Ober|Kaler's 100th anniversary, the Ober|Kaler Community Grants Program continues as the Baker Donelson Community Grants Program, as a result of the combination of the two firms in January 2017. Every spring, tax-exempt, community-based organizations serving at-risk youth living in Baltimore City and Washington, D.C. are invited to apply for the grants. A committee comprised of the Firm's staff members, associates and principals chooses specific programs focused on enriching the lives of underprivileged children, improving living standards for children in lower income families, and creating educational opportunities for at-risk youth. The committee reviews each application thoroughly and bases its selections on perceived need, the community served, and the impact the grant would have on the selected organization.

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