Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Beautify Your Block” with Kari Snyder

If you and your neighbors are looking to improve your block, ‘Beautify Your Block’ by Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC will give you some creative ideas for a new project! Register for this workshop, and many more, here.

Have you always imagined making improvements on your block? Maybe you would like to see more trees or planters on the street to enhance the physical beauty of your block. Maybe you would like to see everyone on your block get new porch lights to improve your neighborhood’s safety and walkability. Whatever your idea might be, block projects are a simple way to improve the physical appeal of your block and create a more unified appearance, all while building a stronger community.

Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC (left) with a Southeast Baltimore resident.

Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC (left) with a Southeast Baltimore resident.

Block projects might seem like a straightforward way to make physical improvements to your neighborhood, but they also represent a mechanism for bringing together neighbors and beginning to explore complicated community issues. In the workshop, Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC will share some successful project implemented in the Highlandtown and Patterson Park neighborhoods. The presentation will explore the successes and challenges of these projects and resources that you can use for projects in your community. Kari will share what types of block projects have worked in the past, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to find funding for your project.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.


2700 Hampden Avenue gets a makeover

Last weekend, over 20 neighbors on the 2700 block of Hampden Avenue in Remington came together for a community work day. The objective? To enhance curb appeal and strengthen the block where they live.

2700 Hampden Block Project

In less than two hours, this block was transformed into a lush and vibrant space where parents feel more comfortable letting their children play. We planted nine trees and installed new porch lights on five houses. In addition, eight homeowners will receive new stained glass address plaques, courtesy of Wholly Terra in Hampden.

Earlier this year, GHCC met with residents to determine their vision for what this block could look like. Once the desired improvements were decided on, GHCC staff applied for and received a grant of $2,500 from Healthy Neighborhoods to help bring the project to fruition (2700 Hampden residents are contributing an average of $50 apiece of their own funds).

We invite you to come check out the new and improved 2700 block of Hampden Avenue. It’s a great example of the kind of collaborative efforts that strengthen neighborhoods block by block to enhance the overall quality of life in Baltimore.

Deadline Approaching for Block Project Grants

Don’t forget! GHCC is accepting applications through March 31 for block project grants. Funding is available for 10 projects of up to $750 each.

Click here for more information or to download the grant application. You can also contact Audrey Stevens, Community Resource Coordinator VISTA, at or 410-261-4927.

Apply Now for a Block Project Grant!

Participants in a 2006 block project in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside

It’s never too early to think about sprucing up your block for springtime!

GHCC is accepting applications now for resident-led block improvement projects. Ten approved projects will receive up to $750 of funding. Click here to read more about the grants and download the application.

If you have questions or want to find out more, please contact Audrey Stevens, Community Resource Coordinator VISTA, at 410-261-4927 or Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 31.

These grants are made possible by the support of the Baltimore Community Foundation.