MIMA September Newsletter

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September 2019

Census 2020 Community Grants


Census 2020 is just over 6 months away! To make sure all residents are counted, Census Community Grants are available to community groups, nonprofits, neighbors, faith communities, and organizations connected to hard-to-count populations - INCLUDING IMMIGRANTS. Join the Department of Planning for a grants info session in South Baltimore on October 1st from 6:30 to 8:00pm to learn about the grants application process.

Want to apply but don’t have experience with grants and/or English is not your first language? Join MIMA on October 5th from 10:30am to 12:00pm at the Y in Waverly, located at 900 East 33rd Street. During the session, MIMA will pair your community group with a bilingual volunteer to assist you with the grant application.  Be sure to RSVP & let others know you are coming by sharing the Facebook event.  

New Research on Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City

This summer, MIMA was fortunate to host Jake Hamel, a current Masters student at Yenching Academy of Peking University, as a summer intern. Jake’s research focused on immigrant entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, and he was able to both quantify the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs to the local economy and also make recommendations as to how Baltimore City could enhance its supports for these small business owners. Here are just a few key takeaways from Jake’s research:

Immigrant Entrepreneurship BC

Thanks, Jake, for your good work and commitment to Baltimore’s immigrant communities! We’ll be featuring more of Jake’s work on social media, so make sure you follow MIMA on Facebook.


Snapshot of Our Community

Roots & Raíces Inaugural Gala and 2nd Annual Mercado


On Sept. 13, Roots & Raíces held its Inaugural Gala and Somos Migrantes Film Premiere at Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The sold out event was catered by Cocina Luchadoras and Mera Kitchen Collective and included folk dancing, music, & a film premiere. The following day was the 2nd Roots & Raíces Festival and Mercado, which included a diverse lineup of artists, musicians, and vendors from Baltimore, New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Roots & Raíces is a platform that highlights, supports, and celebrates immigrant voices in the arts, and MIMA congratulates all the organizers on a successful weekend of events.

Partner Spotlight

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks


Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) is the City’s leading provider of affordable, year-round leisure and recreational activities for citizens of all ages and abilities. The City’s parks, trails, and waterways provide the perfect urban oasis. BCRP wants to continue providing quality and accessible services and more but cannot do it without YOUR input!

BCRP wants your input in its five-year strategic plan called Recreation 2025 (also known as “Rec 2025”). The plan seeks to sustain, reinvigorate, and expand Baltimore’s parks and recreation resources. 

Join the conversation from September 27th to October 10th. BCRP is hosting 8 town hall meetings to discuss Rec 2025. Can’t make it to the meetings? Provide your feedback through October 25th via the following link.

For more information, please visit the Rec 2025 website

National Happenings

Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Attempt to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Unlawful “Public Charge” Policy

On Wednesday, September 24th, a federal court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismiss the City of Baltimore’s lawsuit challenging the State Department’s efforts to make it harder for immigrants to show that they are not likely to become a “public charge.” The administration's policy change made it easier to deny visas, leading to a sharp increase in denials and deterring immigrants from accessing essential services. The Court found that the City plausibly alleged that the anti-immigrant policy was motivated by President Trump’s racial animus, stating that the policy’s harms are “fairly traceable to the President.”

Baltimore’s challenge is supported by a coalition of 19 states, 17 cities and counties, 10 civil rights organizations, and 5 Maryland immigrant advocates who filed four “friend of the court” briefs in support of the lawsuit. These briefs make plain the sweeping effects of the FAM change and the human toll it exacts. Read more.

Grant Opportunities

Baltimore Life’s Community Grants Program
In its 21st year, Baltimore Life’s Community Grants Program has helped many organizations in communities where its employees live and work. Projects and programs that help distressed families, enhance public safety and the community, and combat community deterioration receive special consideration. All grant applications must be received at The Baltimore Life Companies no later than 5pm on October 15.

The Abell Foundation
The Abell Foundation accepts requests for programs serving disadvantaged communities, with a particular focus on Baltimore City.  Nonprofit organizations must be designated by the IRS as 501c3 and 509a organizations. To be considered for the next funding cycle, applicants must submit their proposal by October 15. Interested applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by email to abell@abell.org.

The Shubert Foundation
The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects. These grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations with current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Deadline for Dance, Arts Related, and Education applications is October 16th at 6pm.    

Calendar of Events

Parade of Latino Nations and Community Cultural Event
September 29, 11AM - 6PM
2900 Eastern Avenue

Census Community Grants Info Session: South Baltimore
October 1, 6:30 - 8PM
18 Reedbird Avenue

Census 2020: Eliminating Bias
October 2, 12 - 2PM
100 Holliday Street

SolveUp: Housing, Finance, and Refugees
October 3, 5:30 - 7PM
100 International Drive

Baltimore Japan Arts Festival
October 4-5
113 West North Avenue

Small Goals Big Change
October 5, 11AM - 5PM
Patterson Park, Utz Field

Census 2020 Multilingual Community Grant Info Session
October 5, 10:30AM - 12PM
900 East 33rd Street

The Nigerian Independence Party
October 5-6, 9PM - 2AM
6014 Harford Road

Baltimore Taco Festival 2019
October 5-6
34 Market Place

Italian Heritage Festival
October 6, 12 - 5PM
Little Italy

The Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards & Celebration
October 9, 5:30 - 7:30PM
100 Holliday Street

48th Annual Baltimore Greek festival
October 10-13
24 W. Preston Street

Taller para compradores de vivienda
October 10, 5 - 8PM
3323 Eastern Avenue

October LPN Resource Meeting
October 28, 12 - 1 :30PM
600 S. Conkling Street

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Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, MD  21202