Division of Neighborhood Improvement
FY 2015 Public Hearing Announcement
Please join us for a Public Hearing to obtain citizen views on the use of federal Housing and Urban Development funds in Fiscal Year 2015, identification of priorities for funding, and a discussion on emerging trends. The hearing will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at the Towson Library (Towson Room), 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Grant Funding Applications Available
Baltimore County announces grant opportunities for Fiscal Year 2015 funding. Nonprofit and government organizations serving Baltimore County citizens are eligible to apply for grant monies in three areas:
- Homeless Services: Projects preventing homelessness or assisting those currently homeless (renewals only)
- Public Services: Projects that address needs of low-income citizens in the area of employment, child care, health, education, substance abuse, energy conservation and welfare (renewals only)
- Capital Projects: For the removal of architectural barriers for persons with disabilities (new applicants)
Generally grants range in size from $15,000 to $200,000 annually. Please note that due to uncertainty with regard to future federal funding, Baltimore County will be accepting renewals only in the case of Homeless Services and Public Services. Baltimore County will be accepting new applications for Capital grants. A pre-proposal review session will be held following the 9:30 a.m. public hearing. Please pass this on to any organizations serving Baltimore County citizens who you believe may be interested in providing comments during our public hearing or those interested in grant funding for Fiscal Year 2015.
Applications have been posted and will be due Monday, February 3, 2014 by 2 p.m.
Who We Are
The Department of Planning is a highly responsive, interactive agency that has a fundamental mission to strengthen, enhance and stabilize the county’s older, established communities. These older communities in the County, where a significant majority of the County's residents live, were officially designated as Priority Funding areas. Find a map of Priority Funding areas.(PDF)
A major focus of the agency’s work can be described as community development, or community revitalization. Both terms involve managing or coordinating a variety of projects and interventions that strengthen a given community’s physical assets and social well-being. The work of community development requires that we work closely with a variety of partners from government, the private sector, the non-profit sector and the citizenry.
The Department of Planning administers annual entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which constitutes the majority of the agency's funding. The Department of Planning receives $4.0 million in Community Development Block Grant funding, $2.3 million in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding, and $183,708 in Stuart B. McKinney Emergency Shelter Grant funds from HUD.
The Department of Planning also administers funding from the State of Maryland that supports those citizens at risk of living in a homeless shelter, citizens living in homeless shelters, and citizens moving out of a shelter in addition to receiving County General funds from the Baltimore County Operating budget to leverage all of the federal and state funding received.
How We Use Our Funding
Most of the funding listed above is allocated to benefit low and moderate income households and individuals through various activities carried out by public agencies and non-profit organizations.
- housing rehabilitation
- lead hazard reduction
- home ownership assistance
- foreclosure prevention
- drug and alcohol counseling
- fair housing
- supportive services to the homeless
- rental assistance for people in shelter
- programs that benefit the disabled
- capital improvements to community-based facilities and public infrastructure
Revised December 3, 2013