The Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at BCF was created in March 2020 to respond to the continuously evolving crisis of the global COVID-19 pandemic in Baltimore County. The fund was made possible through the generous donations of individuals, corporations, and other private philanthropic donors. 

In July 2020, fifty local community-based organizations received the first grants from the fund, totaling $400,000. A full list of 2020 grantees can be found here.  

In 2021, Baltimore County replenished the Emergency Response Fund at BCF with funding from the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Recovery Now program. On August 25, 2021, the Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants Program (view a recording of a webinar describing the program and a list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information) announced $2.47 million in grants to over 50 local community-based organizations to support their recovery and enhance efforts to strengthen neighborhood resiliency. BCF’s CEO Shanaysha Sauls joined Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski to announce the grants. 

Questions about the 2021 Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants Program may be directed to Ashley Meyer, Grants Coordinator in the Baltimore County Office of Government Reform and Strategic Initiatives, GRSIPartners@baltimorecountymd.gov

The Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at BCF was created in March 2020 to respond to the continuously evolving crisis of the global COVID-19 pandemic in Baltimore County. The fund was made possible through the generous donations of individuals, corporations, and other private philanthropic donors. In July 2020, fifty local community-based organizations received the first grants from the fund, totaling $400,000. A full list of grantees can be found here.  

2021 Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants Opportunity

In 2021, Baltimore County replenished the Emergency Response Fund at BCF with funding from the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Recovery Now program. The Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants Program accepted applications from any nonprofit organization with a physical address in Baltimore County in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). Applications were due June 11, 2021. Baltimore County hosted a webinar on Wednesday, May 26 for potential applicants to learn more about the application process. You can view a recording of the webinar here. Baltimore County also provided this list of Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.  

The Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is currently reviewing applications for the Nonprofit Recovery Grants Program and will announce awards in August 2021.

Questions about the 2021 Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants Program may be directed to Ashley Meyer, Grants Coordinator in the Baltimore County Office of Government Reform and Strategic Initiatives, GRSIPartners@baltimorecountymd.gov

Eligible uses of funds 

If awarded funding, grantees will be required to expend all funds by December 31, 2021.  Requests may be made for program expenses through December 31, 2021, or for eligible reimbursable expenses for the period of March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021 as long as COVID relief or other funding has not already supported those expenses. 

Minimum and Maximum Grant Requests 

Grant sizes will range from $10,000 to $100,000, as follows: 

An online application will open here on May 24, 2021. To apply, be prepared to answer/submit the following: 

A) If applying for reimbursable expenses due to COVID impacts:

I) A brief summary and dollar amounts of the

  1. (a) Overall revenue reductions and/or  
  2. (b) Expense increases incurred or projected for the period March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.  

II) Information on other local, state and/or federal COVID-19 relief funds received and  

  1. How they have addressed the impact of COVID-19 on your organization and constituents; and  
  2. Why your organization may still have an operational gap after receiving those funds. 

B) If applying for ongoing COVID recovery program fundsa brief summary of proposed activities, populations served, and your plan to expend all funds by December 31, 2021.  

Additional Documentation Required 

Evaluation Criteria 

Questions about the 2021 Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants Opportunity may be directed to Ashley Meyer, Grants Coordinator in the Baltimore County Office of Government Reform and Strategic Initiatives, GRSIPartners@baltimorecountymd.gov. For technical assistance related to submitting the application through the online portal, contact Maya Smith, BCF Program Administrator, at msmith@bcf.org. 

Information Session Webinar and FAQs 

Baltimore County hosted a webinar on Wednesday, May 26 for potential applicants to learn more about the application process. You can view a recording of the webinar here. The County is also providing this list of Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.  

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We have allocated funds for two geographical areas that bookend a crucial corridor on the Westside of Baltimore City: Howard Park /Forest Park area (served by Calvin Rodwell Elementary Middle School and Liberty Elementary), and Reservoir Hill/Penn North area (served by Dorothy I Height Elementary). In these three schools and their surrounding neighborhoods, we will support projects and activities designed to make the communities safe, clean, green and vibrant; and improve the quality of the schools. Some projects may be neighborhood-focused, some school-focused and others collaborative projects between the schools and their respective communities.

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We believe that attracting and retaining effective and diverse school leaders is a key lever for change in Baltimore's educational landscape, and so we fund school leadership development efforts at the district and individual school level. We are interested in funding proposals that focus on principal coaching, mentoring, peer networking, wellness/self-care, as well as pipelines that identify and develop new leaders. We will also continue to support efforts that build a culture of appreciation and encouragement for school leaders.

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We have a nearly 30-year history of offering grants to resident-led groups and community projects in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. These grants give residents the resources they need to accomplish a small project, get more people involved, and encourage the next generation of neighborhood leaders. We also fund programs that support the development of leaders of all ages who are working to improve their neighborhoods and schools. Our support is intended to help identify, activate, inform and network leaders. And finally, we believe when schools and neighborhoods team up to improve their school and community, meaningful and lasting change can be made. We are interested in funding proposals in which the students and adults in schools collaborate intentionally with community residents, neighborhood associations, and other individuals, groups, and institutions in the area surrounding a school.

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