Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI)

UPDATE TO FUNDING CRITERIA: Expanded Eligible Use of Funds and Increased Grant Request Amount

Purpose:

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering up to $40 million of the Governor’s $50 million Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI). The remaining nonprofit funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Of the $40 million being administered by DHCD, $10 million is earmarked for nonprofits providing services to people with disabilities, that are licensed by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to provide basic operating support (staffing, rent, utilities, supplies, etc.) to address the revenue reductions and/or expense increases due to COVID-19 and the related state-of-emergency, the replacement of which is critical to the nonprofit’s continuity of operations.

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) pertains only to the $10 million allocation for nonprofit provider organizations licensed by BHA and DDA and provides a preview of the application. The application for this funding is projected to be on-line as of Monday, September 21st. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, a nonprofit provider must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in non-affiliated, non-owned acute settings that provide services to people with disabilities licensed by BHA or DDA.
  • Organizations that are in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments​ and Taxation (SDAT). 
  • ​​Organizations based in Maryland that can demonstrate the negative financial impact of COVID-19 as represented by reduced operating revenue or increased operating expenses.
  • Financially viable nonprofits whose operations will continue forward

Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Funding Criteria: 

The maximum grant request amount is $75,000 and the minimum amount is $5,000 based on the organization’s annual operating budget.

  • Only applications that are fully complete at submission will be considered for funding.
  • Eligible requests will be for basic operating support (staffing, rent, utilities, supplies, etc.) to address the revenue reductions and/or expense increases due to COVID-19 and the related state-of-emergency, the replacement of which is critical to the nonprofit’s continuity of operations.
  • These decreased revenues or increased expenses must occur within the period of March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 (per CARES Act funding requirements).
  • Grant requests up to $75,000 are allowed from eligible applicants with annual operating budgets at or above $5 million. (Maximum grant request is $75,000)
  • Grant requests up to $50,000 are allowed from eligible applicants with annual operating budgets above $1 million and below $5 million.
  • Grant requests up to $25,000, but not below $5,000, are allowed from eligible applicants with annual operating budgets at or below $1 million. (Minimum grant request is $5,000)
  • Funding requests will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Individual grant amounts may be reduced relative to requests, if demand for funds exceeds available funding.

Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Application Process:

  • NOFA release: Wednesday, September 16 
  • Projected on-line application portal opens: 12:00 noon, Monday, September 21 
  • Application portal closes: 5:00 PM, Friday, October 9, 2020 at the latest; the portal may close if and when grant requests exceed available funding
  • Funding announcements on a rolling basis beginning no later than Friday, October 30.

Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Application Requirements:

In addition to basic organizational information, such as the organization’s mission statement, the following information and attachments will be required in the on-line application in order for an application to be considered complete. Space to answer will be very limited; it is recommended that applicants prepare answers and gather required attachments in advance of the September 21 opening of the on-line application.

1. Organizational Summary: A brief description of the organization’s (a) recent accomplishments, and (b) financial ability to continue operations. 

2. COVID Impacts: A brief summary and dollar amounts of the (a) overall revenue reductions and/or (b) expense increases incurred or projected for the period March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. Provide information on other local, state and/or federal COVID-19 relief funds received and how they have addressed the impact of COVID-19 on your organization and how you still have an operational gap after receiving those funds​.

3. Budget/Use of Funds: A simple budget form will be provided in the on-line application in which the applicant will list the sources and use(s) of requested funds and related awards.

Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Required Application Attachments:

The following attachments will be required in the on-line application in order for the application to be considered complete: 

  • IRS Determination Letter of 501(c)3 status
  • Online verification of Certificate of Good Standing from the Maryland State Department of Assessments​ and Taxation
  • The applicant’s most current Year-To-Date financial statements, preferably through May 2020. 
  • IRS W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification

Questions?

BHA and DDA can help you.  For quickest response, use the following email contact information.
BHA – BHA.INQUIRIES@maryland.gov
DDA -  DDA.PPEApp@maryland.gov

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