Community Safety Work Grant Applications Open

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering three separate Community Safety Works grant opportunities.

Applications are now being accepted for the state’s second round of grant funding for the Community Safety Works program. The program seeks to improve the livability and economic potential of Maryland communities through targeted investments in crime prevention that impact community safety.

“Community Safety Works is an initiative that engages local leaders to create partnerships and plans to protect their families, friends, and patrons,” said DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “These grants are already positively impacting communities across Maryland, and this second round will further support measures like security upgrades and community watches.”

According to the DHCD website, the three grants are as follows:

Facility and Community Improvement:

The minimum grant request is $10,000 and the maximum grant request amount is $25,000

Eligible Applicants: A tax-exempt nonprofit organization, including faith-based organizations

Eligible Activities: physical improvements and/or safety services for a facility and adjacent grounds; a community managed open space (i.e., turning a vacant blighted space into a safe gathering space for residents); and/or establishing or expanding community-led cleaning and greening activities such as litter prevention and beautification

Application Deadline to Apply: Friday, October 21, 2022,​ at 5:00 PM

Business District and Neighborhood Safety:

The minimum grant request is $50,000 and the maximum grant request amount is $100,000

Eligible Applicants: A tax-exempt nonprofit organization or local government

Eligible Activities: comprehensive physical improvements and/or community safety services that benefit specific local business districts and/or neighborhoods, making places safer for residents, merchants and visitors.

Application Deadline to Apply: Friday, October 21, 2022,​ at 5:00 PM

Crime and Violence Intervention and Prevention:

The maximum grant request is $250,000

Eligible Applicants: A tax-exempt nonprofit organization

Eligible Activities: Grant requests will be for a comprehensive strategy that includes a set of partnerships and coordinated activities that go beyond physical changes and enhanced security services and instead directly engage people at-risk of becoming involved with or affected by violence and crime and avoid incarceration. Evidence-based interventions will provide restorative life choices for at-risk individuals; activities will aim to remove illegal activities from communities and interrupt the cycle of violence that can result from such activities.

Application Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 5:00 PM

Learn more and apply.

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