Fusion is proud to announce the Community inFusion Small Grants Program’s second call for grant applications!

Deadline: Monday, Oct 17, 2016 5pm

In 2001 nearly 700 families were displaced from their homes in East Baltimore to make way for the building of an 88-acre technology park. In an effort to help restore residential power in these neighborhoods bordering Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Annie E. Casey Foundation has designated funds for a pilot small grants program. Through collaborative action, Fusion Partnerships, Inc. works to be a catalyst for social justice and peace by serving as the program’s fiscal sponsor and coordinator.  This program is unique from other grants programs for two main reasons:

  1. The projects proposed for consideration must be led by residents of these communities.
  2. The committee that reviews and approves all grant proposals is comprised entirely of residents from the C.A.R.E., McElderry, and Middle East Communities.

Our grantmaking process is based on similar grassroots grantmaking programs in Cleveland, Detroit, and Atlanta and has been tailored by residents in the C.A.R.E., McElderry, and Middle East Communities to better serve the specific needs of their neighborhoods.  Residents in collaboration with Fusion Partnerships have also developed the program’s name —Community inFusion

Grant Information and Assistance Sessions (Strongly Encouraged)

August 25 6pm-8pm @ MICA PLACE 814 N. Collington Ave. Baltimore, MD 21205

Sept. 8 6pm-8pm @  MICA PLACE 814 N. Collington Ave. Baltimore, MD 21205

Sept 29 6pm-8pm @  MICA PLACE 814 N. Collington Ave. Baltimore, MD 21205

Need a Grant? Come visit us at the Northeast Market Hopkins Stand to grab a copy.


August 27th 10am-2pm

Sept 10th  10pm-2pm                                                      

Sept 24th 10am-2pm


Please complete the attached application and submit it to:

Community inFusion Small Grants Program

1601 Guilford Ave. 2 South

Baltimore, MD 21202

Grants may be handwritten or typed.  As you fill out the form, you may find that you need or want to write more than the space provided.  Please add additional pages with headings if necessary.

Drop -off Grant submission

All materials must be submitted on 8 ½” x 11” sheets of paper. Staple or paper clip application materials. Please submit 1 copy of your proposal. Completed applications materials must be received at Fusion Partnerships by 5pm on Monday Oct 17, 2016. Applications can be submitted before the deadline.  We will provide you with confirmation that we have received your grant proposal. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. Please do not submit cds/dvds, flashdrives or any materials larger than 8 ½” x 11”.

Email Grant Submission

You may send your application as an attachment to infusion@fusiongroup.org by 5pm on Monday Oct 17, 2016. Applications can be submitted before the deadline.  We will provide you with confirmation that we have received your grant proposal.

For a digital copy of the grant please go to https://goo.gl/E9LkUs .

You will have to download this document as a word document. The format may change once downloaded as a word document. As long as the content of your grant is clear we will accept it.




Fusion partner, The Station North Tool Library is a tool lending library and public workshop that provides affordable access to tools, skills, and workspace to residents of Station North and greater Baltimore.  Through hard work and creativity they have cultivated a social enterprise model that is largely funded through fees paid by members and students of their awesome workshop classes.  However,  they’re at that magical moment in their trajectory when a boost of generosity is needed to help them solidify the sustainability of their awesomeness (Rad doesn’t just grow on trees you know!).  In just two short weeks they’ve made it 50% to their goal of raising $25k!  Click the button below to help get them there by making a tax deductible donation!

Click here to make a secure online donation to SNTL's Crowdrise campaign!

Click here to make a secure online donation to SNTL’s Crowdrise campaign!


Fusion Partner The Feminist Art Project-Baltimore has been hard at work redefining their scope of work as they evolve and we couldn’t be more excited about their direction! Their new mission states “The Feminist Art Project – Baltimore (TFAPB) is a grassroots, nomadic, non-profit arts incubator that supports and promotes self-identified women in the arts.”

TFAP-B now offers affordable membership levels with sweet perks, as well as some great volunteer / bartering options!  Utilizing this newly developed membership-based system will allow TFAP-B to sustain organizational efforts, create several NEW programs, and offer membership voting rights as well as other handy perks.

You can purchase a yearly membership for as low at $25 and then you get stuff in return. Volunteering/bartering options are also available! Please help TFAP-Bsupport emerging and established women artists by purchasing a membership. The lowest level guarantees your art a place in the Member’s Exhibition in 2016 (ALSO NEW!)

To read more about membership levels and sign up please visit:


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We’re all feeling the heartache this city is showing in one way or another. While Fusion’s grassroots agents of social change are no stranger to the suffering that many members of Baltimore’s disenfranchised communities have endured for generations, we’re still not immune to the consequences brought on through the history of systemic injustice here. As we stand firmly behind the constructive work our partners have been doing to address these issues long before the national media rolled in, we now stand firmly in support of the assessment and reaction of Fusion Partner Lara Law of Youth Empowered Society (YES) in the wake of damages suffered to the YES Drop-In center related to Monday night’s revolt. Please read the article for some important perspective on recent events in Baltimore and please consider making a donation to help YES re-open it’s doors ASAP. 

If it was a similarly-frustrated city youth who torched the center amid the riots in Baltimore, Law said, “the anger is legitimate and understandable” — even if the actions were not.

“I don’t condone the violence and the destruction, the tearing down of what we need in our community, but the young people out on the streets are some of the same young people we’re serving – filled with trauma and violence and a lack of opportunity their whole lives,” Law said. “It’s understandable. We have to fix our way of doing things so they feel included and that there are opportunities for them.”

From the Baltimore Sun article: Director of youth homeless center burned in Baltimore riots: ‘Anger is legitimate’



Fusion partner The Baltimore Free School is excite to announce the new Strength To Love Project course running through March of 2015.  The Strength To Love Project, consists of individuals (esp creatives) getting together to discuss social justice issues and engage in creative expression around the theme “Strength To Love”. The film Selma, Dr. King’s third book, “Strength to Love”, the #blacklivesmatter movement and other mediums will be used as material for these conversations. Participants are encouraged to create a piece(s) of art, poetry, music, film or civic engagement which they were inspired by, from those conversations. Its all capped off with a exhibition/performance of the pieces.

Classes will be offered Saturday evenings FREE OF CHARGE!   Online video chat and phone-in options will be made available for individuals who are in other states or who can’t make it in person.

For more info on the Strength To Love Project, class content, and class scheduling visit the Free School’s website HERE


Don’t miss this Op-Ed article in the Baltimore Sun! In the article Tyler Mains of Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT) discusses the disconnect between the proliferation of world class medical institutions and STEM education opportunities within Baltimore City. Tyler then outlines how his program seeks to bridge that gap through mentorship and career development offered directly to Baltimores Teens. To read the article click the link below!

The Baltimore Sun:  “Connecting City Kids to Health Care Careers”  By Tyler Mains

Passionate the revolutionary practice of Harm Reduction? Are you interested in leading an organization that advocates for a practical approach to reducing the impacts of Public Health threats by meeting those impacted with interventions that save lives?  Then check out the recent job posting of Fusion Program, The Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition for more info on  how to apply:


As recently detailed by the Huffington Post, Maryland is one of the few states that has seen overdose mortality rates decrease since 1999 and the growing practice of Harm Reduction is a major factor.  If you would like to join the fight to save the lives of our families, neighbors, children, and peers then please apply today!



Connection logo for web

Fusion Program Intercultural Counseling Connection is a referral network of mental health professionals committed to providing culturally responsive counseling and therapeutic services for refugees in the greater Baltimore area. Counseling services through the Connection network are provided for free (pro bono) or under reimbursement through Medical Assistance (Medicaid).   This week The Connection launches a brand new website that will serve as a hub to connect service providers with refugees seeking mental health services.  Click the Link below to explore the new site!




Fusion Partner Right To Housing Alliance (RTHA) works to build a movement supporting the human right to housing in Baltimore City through direct action, coalition building, education, and advocacy.   As a grassroots initiative, the empowerment of community leaders is integral to the RTHA model and embodied through their Leadership Council.  Recently the group raised the voice of Leadership Council member Debbie Jennings on their website.  Click the image below to learn more about how you can support the work of RTHA and read Debbie’s story!

Debbie’s Right to Housing  We Shall Overcome Someday



Fusion is incredibly proud to congratulate Fusion Partner Youth Resiliency Institute on being awarded a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Family Engagement Grant to support the development of their Journey Project! We can’t even find words to express how incredible it has been to support the essential work that BCYRI has been doing around community engagement in Baltimore. We can’t wait to see the innovative ways they will develop this program and enrich the lives of Baltimore City community members!  To keep up to date on BCYRI’s work click the facebook badge below to follow them on social media!

Click the Facebook Badge for connect with Youth Resiliency Institute on Facebook!

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