Everyone in Baltimore Counts!
Every Baltimore resident must be counted to ensure we get our fair share of federal funds for essential programs that cover health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation, and to strengthen our political representation at the state and federal levels.
The United States Census Bureau 's decision to include a question about citizenship status could imperil evidence-based efforts to achieve an accurate 2020 count. That is why Maryland has joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in litigation to reverse this decision and ensure all Baltimore residents are counted.
It will take a team comprised of city officials, community agencies, and YOU, the passionate residents of our beloved Baltimore to make sure #BmoreCounts in 2020.
Community Grants Open
Census 2020 is just over 6 months away! To make sure all of our neighbors are counted, community groups, nonprofits, neighbors, faith houses, and organizations connected to hard-to-count populations are eligible to apply for Census Community Grants.
A census tract is identified as hard-to-count when 73% or less of households returned a Census survey in 2010. You can search hard-to-count communities across Baltimore here.
Trusted messengers with ties to hard-to-count communities have been proven the best motivators for Census completion. That’s why Baltimore is looking forward to providing support to community-led Census awareness campaigns and events to make sure all residents understand that the Census impacts: 1) federal funding for housing, transportation, education, youth programming, hunger and other programs, 2) state and federal legislative district boundaries and 3) long-range planning by all levels of government to better serve the needs of our community.
Apply now for grant funds via this link! In addition to general Census outreach, funds can also be used to purchase technology to enable community members to complete the first-ever online Census.
This application has a rolling application deadline, and eligible applicants must be organizations who work and operate with populations and geographies in traditionally under-counted areas of the City (see link for map and info).