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Applications for Over $350,000 in Federal Funding Available to Community-Based Organizations Open Until June 11

Baltimore County has issued a call for grant applications from County, community-based organizations that provide services related to food or shelter. The grants will be distributed as part of the federally-funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

“We know so many residents are struggling to address their families’ basic needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County executive Johnny Olszewski. “These grants can go a long way toward supporting those organizations that are helping to serve our most vulnerable residents during these challenging times.”

The EFSP program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of food and housing insecure people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. The program supplements and expands the ongoing work of local social service organizations to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals, families and households who are experiencing or at risk of hunger and homelessness

Typically, the County receives a formula set-aside from the State’s annual allocation of EFSP funds—this year’s amount being $209,176. Through the CARES Act, Congress has authorized additional funding for the program this year. As a result, Baltimore County has received $368,039 to distribute to County nonprofits.

Use of EFSP Funds

EFSP funds may be used to provide services, including:

  • Food in the form of served meals or groceries.
  • Lodging in a mass shelter, a hotel or motel, or another offsite shelter facility, limited to 30 days assistance per individual or household.
  • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure, or utility assistance.
  • Transportation costs associated with food or shelter.

How to Apply

In keeping with the emergency nature of this program, the local EFSP board created a simplified funding application for organizations to apply to the Local EFSP Board.

To receive an application, email sboz@baltimorecountymd.gov. Applications are due on Thursday, June 11, at 1 p.m. The National Board will issue grants to local organizations that are recommended for funding by the Local Board.


Applications for Youth and Employers Now Open, with a Goal of Growing by 50 Percent

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced plans to grow the County’s Summer Youth Employment Program by at least 50 percent, providing job opportunities to a minimum of 300 young people this summer.

“We are committed to providing more of our young people with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience,” Olszewski said. “We know from research that students who have summer jobs are more likely to do well in school, less likely to be arrested for violent crimes, and have an easier time finding a job as an adult.” 

About the Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for Baltimore County youth, ages 14-21, to provide real-world work experience. The program allows youth to work for 25 hours per week for six weeks. Participants receive employability training and paid work experience at private and public sector worksites. In 2019, 194 youth and 64 employers participated in the program. Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development plans to expand the program to at least 300 youth and 100 employers this year. 

This year, the County will be seeking additional financial support from private-sector employers. 

Olszewski’s transition team recommended expanding “existing summer employment opportunities for the County high school students.” The desired outcome of the program is to give more youth positive experiences that provide additional income, early work experience and essential 'soft' skills, such as self-efficacy, problem solving, emotional intelligence, collaboration and communication.

Qualifications

Youth who qualify must:

  1. Complete an application and submit employment documents (work permits, I-9 and tax forms).
  2. Attend job readiness trainings. This will teach interview techniques, work ethic and job retention strategies.
  3. Interview with your future employer.
  4. Meet employer expectations and fulfill workplace duties.

The program will run from July 6 through August 14, 2020. Participants will earn $11 per hour for at least five hours per day, for six weeks. They will be matched with employers based on interest, employer need and location. In addition, participating youth will receive support from program monitors, caseworkers and facilitators.

Apply Online

More information and applications for youth participants and employers are now online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/SYEP.


Permanent Protection to Maintain a Viable, Local Base of Food and Fiber Production for the Current and Future Citizens of Baltimore County.

Baltimore County is now accepting applications for both the FY21 Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) and the Baltimore County Land Preservation Programs.

MALPF is the State funded easement program which protects 24,719 acres of farmland in Baltimore County alone. Created by the General Assembly in 1977, MALPF purchases agricultural preservation easements that restrict development on prime farmland and woodland in perpetuity. The County program which operates similarly, was created in 1994 to preserve working family farms in the county.

MALPF has permanently preserved 318,215 acres of agricultural land across Maryland, representing a public investment of more than $752 million. With county and other state preservation programs, more than 963,700 acres of farmland and resource land are protected by easements in Maryland. This is the greatest ratio of farmland preserved to total landmass of any state. Baltimore County is also a national leader in land preservation and has consistently ranked in the top 10 counties for land preservation.

With 67,000 acres protected through various public and private programs, Baltimore County is over 80 percent of way to the goal of permanently protecting 80,000 acre of land in the County’s rural area. The purpose of the goal is to provide permanent protection of enough land to be able to maintain a viable local base of food and fiber production for the current and future citizens of Baltimore County.

To be eligible to be considered for either program, the land must be rural, meet minimum soil criteria and be at least 50 acres in size or adjacent to an already preserved land. Funding is limited so selection will be based upon the quality of the farm land, development potential, discounted asking price, and other factors.

Baltimore County staff is ready to assist landowners with their applications and encourages landowners considering applying to contact them early to begin the process as the application is quite extensive. For landowners who have applied in prior years, a new application must be submitted each application cycle to be considered for the sale of an agricultural easement.

The application period is now open and the deadline is April 17, 2020. View more information and application forms at our Land Preservation page.

Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Joe Wiley or Megan Benjamin at (410) 887-3480 before completing the application.


 
 
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