Community Legacy Program

The Community Legacy program provides local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

As a result of the Sustainable Communities Act of 2010​. Community Legacy Areas are now known as Sustainable Communities. Funding, in the form of grants and loans, i​s available for projects located in these Sustainable Communities, formerly known as Community Legacy Areas, and is meant to compliment and supplement other State funding programs.​


The following entities may apply for Community Legacy funding for projects located in Sustainable Communities:

  • Local governments
  • Community development organizations (for example: county councils, community development corporations, main street organizations, downtown partnerships)
  • Groups of local governments sharing a common purpose or goal


Projects should capitalize on the strengths of a community and be part of a larger revitalization strategy to revitalize a declining area. Projects/activities typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Mixed-use development consisting of residential, commercial and/or open space
  • Business retention, expansion and attraction initiatives
  • Streetscape improvements
  • Increasing homeownership and home rehabilitation among residents
  • Residential and commercial façade improvement programs
  • Real estate acquisition, including land banking, and strategic demolition
  • Establishing funds to provide loan guarantees and credit enhancement to leverage other public or private financing


The 2016 application round for the Community Legacy Program and Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Growth Fund programs is now open. 

Applications, for both Community Legacy and Smart Growth Impact Fund, are due by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development utilizes a web-based Project Portal for program applications. MANDATORY training is required before access to the Project Portal is provided.

All applicants must register for the MANDATORY training which will be presented as a pre-recorded webinar that can be viewed at the applicant's convenience.

To register for the MANDATORY training, please visit:

Once you have registered you will be sent an email containing access to the webinar presentation as well as to the online Project Portal where you will complete and submit your application.

In the meantime if you have any questions concerning the program or the application process please contact your Regional Project Manager:


Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties

Melissa Archer

Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington Counties

Garland Thomas

Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties

Valerie Carpenter

Baltimore City

Larry Brown

Prince George's and Montgomery Counties

Duane Felix

Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties

JohnDre Jennings