FY 2017 Public Hearing Announced and Grant Funding Applications
Please join us for a Public Hearing to obtain citizen views on the use of Federal Housing and Urban Development funds in Fiscal Year 2017, identification of priorities for funding, and a discussion on emerging trends. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Towson Library (Towson Room), 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m.
Baltimore County announces grant opportunities for Fiscal Year 2017 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)
- 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)
- Capital Projects (for the removal of architectural barriers for persons with disabilities)
Generally grants range in size from $15,000 to $200,000 annually. As Fiscal Year 2017 is the first year of Baltimore County’s new Consolidated Plan (FY2017 to 2021) all applications will be considered new applications even if the organization has been funded previously. A pre-proposal review session will start at 9:30 a.m. for the Capital grants, immediately preceding the public hearing. For the Homeless Services and Public Services grants, a pre-proposal review will occur immediately after the 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 2017.
To learn more about these funding opportunities please visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/planning/grants/grantapplication.html. Applications will be posted on or about December 1, 2015, and will be due Tuesday, February 2, 2016, by 2 p.m.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
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 funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and from the Emergency Solutions Grant from HUD.
Funds received under this program are tied to the County's Five Year Consolidated Plan FY 2012 through 2016. (PDF) This plan outlines a five-year strategy that proposes how the County will use these funds to create decent housing, expand economic opportunity, and ensure a suitable living environment for low- to moderate-income persons and communities.
The Annual Action Plan FY 2015 (PDF) highlights the efforts that will be taken in FY 2015 to meet the goals of the five-year consolidated plan. These updates are completed for each fiscal year and describe the progress of initiatives and projects outlined in the Plan. They also explain changes in policies and direction by the County based on the past year's experience and describe additional projects that were undertaken during that year. A part of these Updates is a List of Proposed Activities to be Undertaken beginning July 1 of each fiscal year. These documents are mandated by HUD and are reviewed and approved each year. Evaluations by HUD are made each year for compliance of activities outlined in these plans.
State of Maryland
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.
The Department of Planning uses County General funds from the Baltimore County Operating budget to leverage all of the federal and state funding received.
Use of 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 2, 2015