City Announces $7.2 Million in Funding Opportunities to Support Neighborhood-Based Organizations

Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has announced $7.2 million in available funding through the second round of Community Catalyst Grants (CCG). Applicants can now apply online for CCG operating and capital funds for projects that are critical to locally-driven community revitalization efforts.

“We are making up to $3 million in operating funds and $4.2 million in capital support available for neighborhood-based community development projects,” stated Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “The Community Catalyst Grants program has made a significant impact on our efforts to support locally-driven community development work, and we look forward to this next round of applicants. Programs that bring real change and provide lasting impact like the CCG program are how we will continue to build Baltimore.”

In 2018, DHCD established CCG as a competitive awards program providing operating and capital grants to assist organizations in historically disinvested communities. These communities are predominantly low-income neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by low housing values, high vacancy rates, and abandonment, poverty, crime and public health issues. Additionally, these neighborhoods generally receive less public and private investment than others. Over 35 organizations have received support through the CCG program.

“Community development is driven by the hard work of residents, community associations, faith-based entities, anchor institutions, committed private developers, and many other stakeholders,” said DHCD Acting Commissioner Alice Kennedy. “We are pleased to support our community partners who must play an integral role in shaping a vision for the future of our communities and in implementing revitalization plans.”

Eligible applicants include community development corporations, umbrella organizations, neighborhood revitalization organizations, faith-based organizations, merchant associations, and organizations that have a valid 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status or that have received a temporary determination from the IRS. Organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status can apply through an eligible applicant or a fiscal agent.

The deadline to submit applications is by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 18. The City will disburse awards in early 2021.  

DHCD will host virtual information sessions to further engage interested applicants on Thursday, Nov. 12, and on Monday, Nov. 16.

Learn more and apply at https://dhcd.baltimorecity.gov/nd/community-catalyst-grants.

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