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Up to $30,000 Grants to Support Holiday Lighting, Welcome Signs, Website Development, Farmers Markets and More

Recognizing the need for additional support for Baltimore County’s small business corridors amid the pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced an expansion of the Commercial Revitalization Action Grant program, providing grants of up to $30,000 to eligible business associations.

“Main streets are the bedrock of our communities and we’re proud to do even more to help our small, independent businesses offer safe, secure, and festive shopping and entertainment experiences,” said Olszewski. “We are pleased to provide increased support for our invaluable small businesses as we continue building a better Baltimore County together.”

Baltimore County traditionally offers annual grants of up to $10,000 to business associations in County Commercial Revitalization Districts for projects that benefit businesses in their communities, such as holiday lighting, welcome signs, website development, street trees, security cameras, farmers markets and more.

This year, Baltimore County is making grants of up to $30,000 available, allowing business associations to increase their investment in neighborhoods at a time when so many small businesses have struggled with lost revenue.

Supporting Commercial Revitalization Districts

Baltimore County's 18 officially designated Commercial Revitalization Districts are provided support from County officials who work closely with businesses, property owners, business associations and communities to provide a range of services aimed at maintaining the health and vitality of neighborhood commercial areas.

Baltimore County's Commercial Revitalization Districts are:

  • Arbutus
  • Baltimore National Pike
  • Catonsville
  • Cowenton-Ebenezer
  • Dundalk
  • Essex
  • Lansdowne
  • Liberty Road
  • Loch Raven
  • Merritt-Sollers Point
  • North Point
  • Overlea-Rossville
  • Parkville
  • Perry Hall
  • Pikesville
  • Reisterstown
  • Towson
  • Woodlawn

For more information about the Commercial Revitalization Action Grant program, please visit the County’s website or email wskibinski@baltimorecountymd.gov. Applications are open until October 30, 2020.

Reisterstown Designated Main Street Maryland

Olszewski announced the expanded grant program today during a tour of Main Street in Reisterstown, which in September officially received a Main Street Maryland designation.

Created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Main Street Maryland program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods.

The Olszewski administration made efforts to secure a Main Street Maryland Designation in Reisterstown a top priority.

Reisterstown is the second officially designated Maryland Main Street in Baltimore County.


Grants Support Arts, Humanities and Cultural Organizations Serving County Residents

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that applications are now open for Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Grants to support not-for-profit organizations that offer visual and performing arts, science and humanities programs.

Organizations both in and near Baltimore County may apply for grants, as long as they serve Baltimore County’s residents.

“Baltimore County arts and cultural assets enrich our lives, support our economy, and improve quality of life in our communities,” said Olszewski. “We’re proud to provide these grants to better connect our residents with diverse arts and cultural opportunities here in Baltimore County and throughout our region.”

Application and Informational Workshops

The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences operating grant applications are available on the County website and the deadline for applying is Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Grants are awarded based on artistic and educational merit, service to Baltimore County, the region and community, impact on diverse cultural needs of the community, management effectiveness, financial stability, and the extent of outreach to involve new audiences, special constituencies and underserved populations. It is the Commission’s policy not to be the sole source of funding for any grantee.

The Commission is hosting informational workshops for potential applicants via Webex on September 17 and September 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Those interested in participating in a workshop must email Arts and Sciences Coordinator, Helene Luce at hluce@baltimorecountymd.gov, at least 24 hours ahead of the session to receive the Webex link information.


Additional $1 Million in Phase One Funding and $2 Million in Phase Two Funding will Assist More Families at Risk of Losing Housing as a Result of Pandemic

After significant response from residents applying for assistance from Phase One of Baltimore County’s Eviction Prevention Program, County Executive Johnny Olszewski has allocated an additional $1 million to support residents who are struggling to pay their rent and other housing-related expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new funding will supplement the County’s previous $1 million allocation to assist households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted.

In addition, the County has allocated an additional $2 million in Community Development Block Grant–Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) funds for Phase Two of its eviction prevention efforts. The County in June issued an RFP to enter into grant agreements with eligible community-based organizations to address homelessness and expand eviction prevention efforts through subsistence payments and security deposits.

Phase Two will enable partnering organizations to tackle the issue of eviction prevention in a more comprehensive manner and will focus on the County residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Families across Baltimore County are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, and it’s critical that we help as many of those families as we can. These additional funds will help more families avoid homelessness and provide a bridge while they get back on their feet,” Olszewski said. “We will continue to identify ways to provide resources that help our families weather this storm.”

Applications for Phase One of the Eviction Prevention Program have closed. The additional funding will enable the County to provide support to more of the families who have already applied prior to the announced deadline. The County expects that at least 800 households will receive assistance.

The original $1 million for this phase of the Eviction Prevention Program came from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds and Emergency Assistance to Families with Children through the Department of Social Services. The additional funds will come from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.

In addition to financial support for residents, the County has partnered with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition's Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) to provide the following services:

  • Financial coaching and counseling, including assistance negotiating with landlords
  • Referral to supportive services, including legal assistance
  • Renters’ tax credit applications and assistance

The eviction prevention initiative is the latest effort by Baltimore County to strengthen the safety net for families suffering economic losses as a result of the pandemic. Baltimore County government and Baltimore County Public Schools have provided more than three million meals for County residents. Information about food resources is available at www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/FoodHelp.

For more information about these initiatives and other efforts to respond to the pandemic, visit www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/Coronavirus.


 
 
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