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Baker Donelson Opens Application Process for 18th Annual Community Grants Program

Non-Profits Serving At-Risk Youth in Metro Baltimore Area 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.

Baker Donelson will award two $10,000 grants and one $15,000 grant to non-profit, community-based organizations that focus on educating, clothing, sheltering or feeding at-risk youth in the metropolitan Baltimore area.

Christopher C. Dahl, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office and chair of the Community Grants Committee, said, "Since the beginning of the pandemic, non-profit organizations have been severely impacted by a decrease in financial contributions at a time when their services are more crucial than ever. We are proud to lend our support to organizations whose missions of serving at-risk youth are essential to our communities as they work to recover from the devastation of the pandemic."

Grant applications and guidelines for the 2021 Baker Donelson Community Grants Program are available here. Completed applications must be received by Friday, November 26, 2021. 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 expenses. 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. The grant recipients will be announced in December 2021.

Now in its 18th year, the Community Grants Program has distributed more than $570,000 to community organizations and has donated countless hours of community service to tax-exempt community organizations serving at-risk youth. A committee comprised of the Firm's staff and attorneys chooses specific programs focused on enriching the lives of underprivileged children, improving living standards for lower income families with children, 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 youths who will be served by the selected organization.

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