Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Baltimore Civic Fund President HyeSook Chung, announced an additional $4 million in economic recovery funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for nonprofit organizations located in Baltimore City.
This funding was made available through the City’s $641 million ARPA allocation, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs. The third round of nonprofit relief funding builds on two prior COVID-19 relief grant opportunities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for a total of $11 million invested in the Baltimore nonprofit community since December 2020. The competitive grant opportunity opens April 1 and closes April 29, 2022.
“We’ve seen over the past two years the importance of our nonprofit partners in serving our communities throughout Baltimore City – and we know the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19 still continue,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “We hope to reach even more nonprofit organizations providing critical services to Baltimoreans with this round of economic relief funding.”
According to a Baltimore City press release:
Eligible costs for this grant opportunity include areas most directly impacted by COVID-19, including working capital such as rent, payroll, and utilities; professional services; costs related to expanding outdoor services; infrastructure improvements associated with the mitigation of COVID-19; technology for employee telework; and purchase of PPE and other COVID-19 related supplies.
The previous rounds of nonprofit relief funding reached 283 nonprofit organizations in Baltimore City. They served Baltimore residents with various needs, including youth development, arts, support for homelessness and housing insecurity, food and wellness, and economic development and job training.