Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative

​​The Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative program aims to demonstrate how strategic investment in local housing and businesses can lead to healthy, sustainable communities with a growing tax base and enhanced quality​-of-life. The program attempts to focus on areas where modest investment and a coordinated strategy will have an appreciable neighborhood revitalization impact.​​​

Projects must be located in designated Sustainable Communities. Sustainable Communities are areas found within Priority Funding Areas and are targeted for revitalization. Read more information on the Sustainable Communities Program​.

WHO CAN APPLY

Community Development Organizations with an approved strategic neighborhood revitalization plan may apply for Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funding for projects located in Sustainable Community Areas in Baltimore City and inner beltway of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. ​

If a Community Development Organization is interested in applying to the program and does not have an approved strategic neighborhood revitalization plan, then it must submit a plan at the time of application along with its projects for which it is requesting funds. Prior to any funding awards, the strategic neighborhood revitalization plan must be approved by the Department.​​

Community Development Organizations are strongly recommended to apply with partner organizations, including Community Development Financial Institutions. Cross-jurisdictional partnerships are eligible and encouraged.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Projects should capitalize on the strengths of a community and be part of a clear revitalization strategy in a specific neighborhood or set of neighborhoods.

Projects/activities typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Down payment assistance to attract home buyers to purchase and rehabilitate homes
  • Programs to acquire or rehabilitate vacant or blighted properties
  • Programs to improve existing residential and business properties
  • Programs to achieve energy efficiency through weatherization and energy retrofits
  • Development of mixed-use projects that combine housing, retail and office space
  • Development or enhancement of community open space or public infrastructure
  • Workforce and employment development programs
  • Strategic demolition
  • Operating costs necessary to implement a community enhancement project

CONTACTS

Contact a Regional Project Manager if you have any questions concerning the program or current funding opportunities.​​​

MORE INFORMATION

CONTACT: Olivia Ceccarelli-McGonigal
E: olivia.ceccarelli@maryland.gov
P: 410-209-5826

​​​​Funding Notifications

Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative
Fiscal Year: 2018
Funding Allocation: $8 million capital/$750,000 operating
Application Due Date:  June 8, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Mandatory Application Training:

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