Nonprofits in Baltimore responded quickly to the coronavirus pandemic to continue crucial services, and many have seen unplanned costs as a result of the public health crisis. Mayor Young created the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund to provide a critical lifeline to Baltimore nonprofit organizations faced with unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This one-time, $5 million fund supports nonprofit organizations by reimbursing them for unplanned costs incurred since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Through the Nonprofit Relief Fund, Baltimore City is one of a few places in the country prioritizing financial support for nonprofit organizations with federal CARES Act funding.
- Grant Awards: Up to $75,000.
Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria listed below.
- Your organization is or is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 public charitable organization with 509(a)1, 509(a)2, or 509(a)3 public charitable status as designated in your IRS Determination letter. You will be required to attach your tax determination letter to the full application. If fiscally-sponsored, you will be required to attach your agreement to the application.
- Your organization is located in or has a major presence in Baltimore City. These are funds directed by Baltimore City and are intended for organizations who have locations and/or work with Baltimore City residents. Preference may be given to those organizations with an address in Baltimore City.
- Your organization is able to provide two years of financials and confirm its status as a “Good Standing” organization with the State of Maryland by producing a Certificate of Good Standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation dated after Oct. 1, 2020.
- And your organization has incurred expenses in direct response to the Coronavirus public health emergency in one or more of the following five categories between Mar.1, 2020 through your application date.
The following are not eligible for grant funding:
- State or federal government agencies;
- For-profit organizations or businesses;
- Private nonprofit organizations (those not identified in their IRS determination letter as a 501(c)3);
- Activities that improperly discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed or ethnicity, or grants for religious indoctrination or other religious activities;
- Activities outside Baltimore City or not in support of Baltimore City area residents.
For more information, visit https://www.baltimorecivicfund.org/nonprofit-relief-fund