Clean Corps

About the Baltimore Clean  Corps Initiative

In partnership with the Baltimore Department of Public Works, Clean Corps is a grant program that improves the City’s capacity to clean and maintain spaces in up to 15 historically disinvested neighborhoods from a targeted list of 33 neighborhoods throughout Baltimore.

Clean Corps brings together Baltimore nonprofit organizations and community-based organizations to hire Baltimore un- or underemployed residents to clean and care for community-selected sites, including maintaining vacant lots, alleys, and trash receptacles in specific neighborhoods and in partnership with the neighborhood’s association and residents. 

There are two tracks:  the Neighborhood Model where a community-based organization works with one neighborhood and the Partnership Model where a citywide nonprofit workforce group will work with more than one neighborhood.  All applying organizations must have a written letter of support from the neighborhood association’s president or chair for the specific neighborhoods that they are working in.

Clean Corps grantees will support the Baltimore Department of Public Works to provide service to targeted neighborhoods that have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis until January 2025. Mayor Scott has invested $14.7 million in funds from Baltimore City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.  Clean Corps is a key component of Baltimore City’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, both tackling unemployment and underemployment in Baltimore and helping to provide excellent city services across all neighborhoods.

Interested applicants should visit the Baltimore Civic Fund website at to learn more, access the RFA and application, and get connected with technical support.  Applications for the Clean Corps grant were due by Monday, Sept. 19.

The 33 Eligible Neighborhoods

The 33 neighborhoods were chosen by specific criteria, including a high number of 311 request for boarding, cleaning, and high grass and weeds; a 15% or more decrease in population within the last 10 years; lowest quantrile in the city of Baltimore for median income, high percentage of privately-owned vacant lots, and an increase in the amount of vacant property within the last ten years.

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Map of Clean Corps’ 33 Eligible Neighborhoods

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List of Recommended Equipment to Consider

Suggested Clean Corps Crew’s Scope of Work

City’s Interactive Map of Neighborhoods

Baltimore City’s Department of Planning’s Framework for Vacant Lots