Maryland DHCD Community Safety Works-Business District Improvements Application Details

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Maryland DHCD Community Safety Works-Business District Improvements Application


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering two separate Community Safety Works grant opportunities – one for FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS and one for community-wide BUSINESS DISTRICT IMPROVEMENTS. Funding will encourage the implementation of crime prevention strategies through physical design improvements and community vigilance and maintenance.

Business District Improvements: Maximum grant request is $100,000 for community-related/business district-related safety improvements that implement the business district’s plan for making public and private spaces safer and more defensible.  


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  1. Business District Improvements Grant Eligibility Criteria:


    To be eligible to apply, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:


    • Must be an IRS determined nonprofit organization sponsor or the local government sponsor of one the state’s 33 designated Main Street Maryland communities.
    • Must be an IRS determined nonprofit organization sponsor of one of Baltimore City’s 8 designated Main Street neighborhoods.
    • Must be an IRS determined nonprofit organization whose mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development of the local business district and whose programs and activities support the small businesses within that district.

    To be eligible to apply, a nonprofit applicant must also meet both of these criteria:

    • Must be registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
    • Must be based in Maryland and serve Maryland communities and populations
  2. Business District Improvements Grant Funding Criteria:


    Grant requests for community-related/district-related safety requests may be up to a maximum of $100,000.


    Only applications that are fully complete at submission will be considered for funding.

    Eligible requests will be for projects and activities that implement their business district’s plan for making public and private spaces safer and more defensible.

    Eligible kinds of items and activities include but are not limited to:


    • Surveillance tools such as lighting, cameras, and other technology. Use of cameras should include a strategy and budget for maintenance of the cameras and monitoring activity from the cameras.

    • Auto and pedestrian circulation improvements such as through landscaping, fencing, alley-gating, and other infrastructure improvements to assist in controlling ingress and egress for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic as well as making clearer the distinction between public and private spaces.

    • Improving opportunities for “eyes on the street,” such as by removing barriers to site lines, opening closed off spaces, renovating public spaces/playgrounds to make them more inviting for intended users.

    • Reinforcing community ownership, solidarity, and pride, such as through clean and beautified surrounding streets, sidewalks, and signage; removal of blight (such as trash and deteriorated structures); and replacing blight with well-maintained “markers” of community pride and presence such as signs, gardens, plantings and upgraded public spaces.

    Funding requests will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to submit an application sooner rather than later due to limited available funding.

    Individual grant amounts may be reduced relative to requests if demand exceeds available funding.

    Applicants must be ready to use funding in a timely manner and not later than December 31, 2022.

  3. Business District Improvements Grant Application Requirements:


    In addition to basic information about the applicant, such as the applicant’s official mission and principal activities, the following information will be required in the on-line application.

    1. Organizational Summary: A brief description of the applicant’s (a) recent accomplishments in the past two years, (b) current financial condition and ability to continue operations and (c) how your mission and programs specifically support the local business district and the small businesses within the district.


    2. Community Safety: A summary of (a) the need to deter crime and promote community safety citing specific problem areas and/or incidents within the business-district, and (b) how the applicant would use any awarded funds for the business district or businesses in order to improve both resident and visitor safety and sustain those efforts moving forward. The summary should include specific dollar amounts/costs for items and activities as well as a timeframe for implementing the proposed project activities and using any awarded funds within the prescribed timeframes, and (c) list of team members including volunteers, business or property owners, police, and/or other community stakeholders that helped develop safety plan.


    3. Budget/Use of Funds: A simple budget form will be provided in the on-line application in which the applicant will individually list each proposed use(s) of requested funds.

  4. Business District Improvements Grant Application Attachments:


    The following attachments will be required in the on-line application for an application from a nonprofit organization to be considered complete:

    • IRS Determination Letter of tax-exempt status
    • Online verification of Good Standing status from the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation
    • Signed and dated IRS W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
  5. Business District Improvements Grant Application Process:


    Important Dates:

    • NOFA release: Friday, December 17, 2021.
    • Sample application will be posted by Wednesday, December 22, 2021.
    • On-line application portal is projected to open by: 12:00 noon, Friday, January 7, 2022.
    • Application portal closes: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the latest; the portal may close sooner if and when grant requests exceed available funding.
    • Funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
    • Dates may be subject to change; check the website periodically for updates.

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Who issues the Form?

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/csw/NOFA-BDI.aspx

Contact Information

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Email: dhcd.communitysafety@maryland.gov

Tel: (301) 429-7400