Baltimore City Awards $3.4M in COVID Relief to 120 Local Nonprofits

Baltimore City’s additional $3.4 million in COVID-19 relief funds comes as the next round of distributions made through the City’s $8.3 million investment into the Baltimore Civic Fund’s Nonprofit Relief Fund, first announced last November.

On July 20, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Civic Fund announced $3.4 million in additional pandemic relief funding for nonprofit organizations serving Baltimore residents. 120 Baltimore nonprofit organizations will receive grant awards of up to $50,000, made available through the City’s million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation.

The latest round of awards brings the total COVID-19 relief funding invested in local Baltimore nonprofits to more than $28 million since December 2020.

According to a City press release, “Baltimore is one of the only cities in the country that has explicitly and extensively invested in local nonprofit organizations with its ARPA funding.” Additionally:

This round of nonprofit relief funding, which the Baltimore Civic Fund manages, emphasized equity in grant decision-making, prioritizing making awards to small organizations with fewer than 20 full-time employees, organizations that provide critical services to Baltimore residents, and organizations serving neighborhoods most profoundly impacted by the ongoing public health emergency.

“In Baltimore, we know our nonprofit organizations provide critical services for our residents and support public safety, equitable neighborhoods, and youth development. They are central to making Baltimore a great place to live and work,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “We are committed to supporting organizations working with our residents and in our communities to make Baltimore the more inclusive, vibrant, and thriving city we all know it can be. ”

Read the full press release.

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