Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 Elevation Awards year.

Are you an entrepreneur seeking funding for your endeavor?
Check out the
Kiva Baltimore page for additional options…

The Elevation Awards provide planning grants of $10,000 and personalized support to people of color who are Baltimore City residents piloting novel approaches to strengthen Baltimore communities. The aims of the Elevation Awards are as follows:

  • Directly leveraging the assets of communities to pioneer new solutions in social entrepreneurship;

  • Elevating leaders of community solutions; and

  • Supporting the early-stage pipeline of social entrepreneurs in Baltimore.

At the conclusion of the 9-month grant period, awardees will have the opportunity to showcase their projects to prospective funders. 

CURRENT Awardees


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Join us in celebrating our 2018-19 Elevation Awardees Community Leaders.
Keynote Speaker will be Chris Wilson author of The Master Plan.

Studio 4, 235 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
June 24, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00pm


About Chris Wilson

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Born and raised in Washington D.C, Chris grew up under extremely difficult circumstances. Poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence was the everyday norm in his community. At the age of 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to natural life in prison. It was during times of isolation that he decided to not only to turn his life around, but to make a difference in the lives of people who currently live in poverty-stricken communities similar to his childhood surroundings. “Many years ago, I committed my life to self-improvement and helping others. I sat in a dark cell and wrote up what I now call my Master Plan. A plan to build a business empire and help others.”

While imprisoned, he earned his high school diploma, graduated from all of the vocational shops, earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology, from Anne Arundel Community College and taught himself to speak and write in several foreign languages. He became a mentor, started a career center, book club and after serving 16 years in prison, he has returned to society a changed man.

He now resides in Baltimore City and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of a number of services.

His other business ventures include The House of DaVinci, a high-end furniture restoration and design company and Master Plan Productions, a social impact content development company.