Weave: The Social Fabric Project / The Aspen Institute

The Weaver Awards


$7,000 grants
for the neighbors
connecting Baltimore

Are you the friend or neighbor that folks always seem to count on when they need help or to get something done?  Maybe you know someone who is spreading care and building trust in Baltimore City? If so, you’ve landed in the right place! 

Some people weave their communities together. They are the ones we all trust, the people we count on to get things done and to see the best in everyone. We call them Weavers and here’s our chance to recognize and support them, and be part of celebrating the Weavers in Baltimore. 

Who can win Awards?

Baltimore Homecoming Band: oboe & three sax players

We all know people who show up, again and again, to do the hard work of listening and connecting us. They often don’t have big titles or get government grants. They do what they do because they care about the community. Some help connect one Baltimore community with another. Some help kids or the elderly. Some make sure everyone has a holiday meal. And many are not part of a nonprofit organization or business.

A committee of Baltimoreans will choose ten Weavers to win $7,000 awards in July, so the winners can do what they love—build relationships and serve their neighbors. The winners need to:

  • Be 18 or older 
  • Live and serve in Baltimore City 
  • Have a project that connects neighbors or the city 
  • Work on a small scale, with a budget under $250,000 
  • Have at least three neighbors recommend them 
  • Fill out a short, easy application 
  • Not be employees of M&T Bank or the Aspen Institute

Click to view full eligibility requirements.

Follow the Awards

Intrigued by the Awards? Thinking of applying or suggesting someone later? Want to participate in our community events this summer and fall?

Our partners

The Weaver Awards program was created by the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project. Weave has joined with M&T Bank to bring this project to life and base it in the City of Baltimore. M&T is a longtime supporter of Baltimore, funding dozens of nonprofit groups. And there’s more. 

The Awards are a community-wide effort, with many local groups helping spread the word and joining in Weaver Wednesday online chats where anyone in the city can meet others who want to create a more connected Baltimore. All partners have information on the Weaver Awards.

Baltimore Homecoming
Thread: The New Social Fabric

Contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner.

Media kit & social tools

If you’re a community organization and want to spread the word about the Weaver Awards, download our Social Media Guide.

If you work for a media company and want to produce a story about the Weavers, download a Media Kit.


If you have questions about the Awards, want to become a community outreach partner, or have any problems using this website, let us know. And if you want to learn more about Weavers across the US, visit weareweavers.org.

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