As a result of a generous contribution from the Lowe’s Foundation, the Southwest Partnership will be able to offer grants to workforce development programs working with area residents over the next three years. These grants are intended to increase access to workforce development resources and programs for area residents–especially those programs which help residents stay employed once hired and grow in their careers and income. This grant fund will help advance the Southwest Partnership’s Vision Plan goals of increasing access to quality employment opportunities for area residents and supporting workforce development organizations that do quality work with area residents.

In 2020 we were able to to provide $150,000 worth of grants to three organizations doing good work in the area:

  • The University of Maryland Medical Center to provide employment

readiness training and occupational skills training to approximately 40 to 50 adults

from the SWP Neighborhood. This project will expand UMMC’s current community

recruitment goals for employment by developing a training program that prepares

residents from Southwest Baltimore for careers in healthcare. UMMC will provide

digital skills training (24-30 students), financial literacy counseling (24-30 students),

free legal aid, and careers in healthcare pathways training for 16 students. The

healthcare training includes Patient Care Technician training, Pharmacy Technician

training, and other high demand healthcare fields.


  • The Safe Alternative Foundation for Education (SAFE) an established out of

school time provider in the area which owns and operates the SAFE Center for youth

programming. SAFE is expanding into workforce development and the funding is for

renovations, furnishings, and equipment for the SAFE Workforce Development Center

at 12 S Payson St. The center will introduce construction skills and experiences to

SWP area middle school students ages 12-14 in the form of woodshop classes as well

as provide technical construction training to 18-24-year-old adults. There will also be

soft skills training that includes interviewing, resume writing, and job search skills, and

more job readiness skills.


  • 10:12 Sports a grassroots sports mentoring program based in Southwest

Baltimore. Using this funding 10:12 Sports will recruit, train, and mentor 20 young men

(ages 18-24) in Southwest Baltimore to prepare them for successful employment and

introduce them to local hiring companies. Using the platform of a sports mentoring

program, participants will apply to assist in the day to day operations of 10:12 Sports.

Participants will also receive interactive job workshops, monetary stipends, leadership

development, one on one mentoring, high-quality training and professional

development, access to local hiring companies, networking opportunities with

workforce development organizations and employers.


We work closely with the funded programs, providing technical assistance, support with recruitment and data collection and management, and building relationships between the funded organizations and other partners doing similar work. 


As a result of the Lowe’s contribution we are also able to provide funding over the next three years to Bon Secours Community Works to hire a full time case manager to focus on providing case management services to Southwest Partnership area residents looking for work and and participating in workforce development programming.

For more information about the funded programs please visit their websites:



UMMC is currently offering free legal services to area residents as part of the programming funded by the grant. For more information about upcoming classes, including job training classes and technology education please contact Rachel Goodrich at


To learn more about what we were looking for in applications check out the 2020 RFP and application.


If programs meet their program goals, and wish to continue the programming funded by the grant we will extend the grants. Check back to this page in fall 2021 to learn if additional funding will be available for additional projects.