The Baltimore Community Foundation recently awarded $753,350 in grants to 55 community organizations in the Baltimore area.
So far this year, the foundation has awarded approximately $1.4 million in grants.
The foundation was created in 1972, and is funded with money from businesses and philanthropic organizations.
"Local as well as national donors like the Ford, MacArthur and Mott foundations have increased their support of the Community Foundation in recent years," said Timothy D. Armbruster, president of the foundation.
In the recent round of awards, 12 city groups received a total of $54,510 through the foundation's Neighborhood Grants Program, which provides funding to organizations working to improve their communities.
One of the recipients, the Sharp-Leadenhall Planning Committee, got a $10,000 grant to help purchase sewing machines and computers for the neighborhood's recreation center.
Volunteers will teach children how to use the computers to publish a community newsletter and how to use a sewing machine to make items that can be sold.
Friends of the Family was awarded $50,000 to further develop its network of family support centers.
"The Baltimore Community Foundation has always been a very supportive partner," said Linda Gaither, deputy director of Friends of the Family, which provides counseling and educational services to families.
"Their funding is so important to us. It has allowed us to enhance our programs and do things that you can't always do through federal funding," she said.
Others receiving grants included:
* The Citizen's Scholarship Foundation, $73,750 to establish 18 chapters of its Dollars for Scholars program in Baltimore, which raises and distributes scholarship money.
* The Children's Fresh Air Society Fund, $69,742 to send 340 underprivileged children to area camps this summer.
* Neighborhood Intervention Strategies, $25,000 to combat the underlying problems that lead to evictions and to help low-income families remain in their homes.
* The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland, $10,000 for its summer dance program for troubled students.
Some 235 community groups received about $2.1 million from the foundation last year, according to Sydnia Jacobs, the foundation's director of marketing and development.