Application Period Opens for Community Catalyst Grants

~$2.8 million in capital funds available for community-based projects~

Baltimore, MD – Today, the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) announced the availability of $2.8 million in capital funds under the Community Catalyst Grants (CCG) program. The CCG program funds community development work in historically disinvested areas.

CCG Capital Grant funding can be used to reduce blight; stabilize housing for existing homeowners; support mixed-income housing; encourage energy-efficient technology; strengthen the connection between health and housing; or provide gap financing, loan guarantees, or other financing that moves a project forward.

“Building more equitable communities starts with supporting organizations rooted in the community,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott“Numerous incredible organizations are doing this critical work on the ground already, and the Community Catalyst Grants program is making a real impact by supporting their efforts. Together we can build a stronger, brighter future for residents in communities that have been starved for investment for decades.”

Launched in 2018, the CCG program provides funding support to emerging and established organizations for community-based initiatives.  Since its inception, the program has provided more than $10 million in capital and operating support to over 50 grantees for locally driven revitalization projects.

“The CCG Program aligns with Mayor Scott’s Equitable Neighborhood Development Pillar,” said Housing Commissioner Alice Kennedy.  “This funding support is helping to stabilize long disinvested neighborhoods which will ultimately attract new investment and new residents to the city.”

The program application process has been streamlined for applicants to apply entirely online.  As defined in the City's Community Development Framework, Impact Investment Areas remain a priority focus area, and projects in these areas receive bonus evaluation points.  

Eligible applicants include community development corporations, umbrella organizations, neighborhood revitalization organizations, faith-based organizations, merchant associations, and other organizations that have a valid 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status.  For this round of available grants, only applicants who have not received a previous CCG award are eligible to apply.  Applications are due by Friday, May 20, 2022.

Visit DHCD’s website for more information about the CCG program.  DHCD is hosting Pre-submission Information sessions for interested applicants on April 13 and April 20. Register here.

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