Community Programs

The Homecoming Hero Awards

The Homecoming Hero Awards, sponsored by T. Rowe Price, are public-driven through a nomination process and exist to celebrate and uplift “heroes” within Baltimore’s communities. Once nominations close, a Baltimore Homecoming committee comprised of past Heroes, host committee members, and others, select ten finalists, and then the public votes to select five winners.

Winners are awarded cash prizes of $5,000 and invited to share their work on the stage during the Baltimore Homecoming signature event that brings accomplished Baltimoreans from across the country together. Past Homecoming Heroes continue to connect with the Baltimore Homecoming alumni network and, since participating in the program, have seen significant growth in their organizations or community work through staff expansion, budget increases, new partnerships, grants secured, and more.

The nomination period for this year’s Homecoming Hero Awards is now closed.


Who are our Homecoming Heroes

Homecoming Heroes are people, leaders, and doers who have dedicated their lives to making Baltimore a better city every day. Their nominations and selections are entirely public, democratic selections – making this recognition one that bears the Homecoming name but is bestowed upon them by Baltimore itself. Heroes come from all walks of life and are bound by the tireless work they have chosen to benefit the people, families, and communities in which they are embedded.

Learn more about past Homecoming Heroes who have been honored and continue to be outstanding pillars in the Baltimore community!

Crab Tank Entrepreneurship Program

The Crab Tank Entrepreneurship Program launched in 2019 to spotlight and provide a platform for small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs in Baltimore. The competition, sponsored by M&T Bank, provides local business owners an opportunity to compete for a $25,000 grand prize and $2,500 people’s choice award. 

The program serves to expand and uplift small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs by providing coaching resources to help finalists refine their pitches and high-quality video content to use for marketing. Following the event, winners continue to benefit from the program with opportunities to network with Baltimore Homecoming’s alumni and community partners at regional events, increase visibility on a larger scale and increase access to social, intellectual and financial capital.

A Baltimore Homecoming committee comprised of M&T Bank staff, past Crab Tank entrepreneurs, and leaders in the technology and finance industries select 10 companies for the Baltimore community to vote on and decide the top five companies. These five then pitch to an audience and panel of judges from the business and technology community during Baltimore Homecoming’s signature event.

Apply for the 2024 Crab Tank Entrepreneurship Program! Applications are due Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Learn about past Crab Tank entrepreneurs.

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