Elevation Awards support community solutions and talent to advance social innovation in Baltimore toward a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice. The award provides planning grants of $10,000 and personalized support to people of color in Baltimore piloting novel approaches to strengthen communities.
Baltimore Corps was founded in 2013 to build better ways for the most talented people to solve the world's most important challenges. Baltimore Corps invests in talent because, "Our greatest and most persistent challenges have been caused by people—they can and will be solved by people."
Baltimore Corps works to build equity in leadership through its Fellowship program, Place for Purpose, a year-round service matching talent to opportunity in Baltimore's social impact sector, and Elevation Awards, providing resources and other supports for community leaders with community solutions.
“Baltimore Corps created Elevation Awards to provide a platform and financial support for people like me with ideas on how to make our home city of Baltimore better. This was unheard of from a local organization - it's one thing to have people support your ideas, but something greater to have financial support to increase equity. Elevation Awards help set the pace and create a model of the solutions needed to make Baltimore better. We have the answers and need access to capital like that provided in part from the Deutsch Foundation to support the Elevation Awards, because this is about survival." - Baltimore Corps