Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY: ROUND II - Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI)

UPDATE: Deadline extended to 5:00 PM September 1, 2020

Purpose:

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is offering a second opportunity (Round II) to apply to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI).  Round II has up to $9 million in funding available.  

Eligibility requirements for Round II DHCD NORI have been expanded to allow nonprofit organizations with an annual operating budget over $5 million and more than 50 employees to apply for funding.

Round II DHCD NORI will be for nonprofits whose mission and work is focused on the economic development and economic recovery of Maryland communities as well as those nonprofits that focus on the health and human services and housing of underserved Maryland populations. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) pertains only to the up to $9 million available for Round II and provides a preview of the application. The application for this funding is projected to be available online Wednesday, August 12​.

Round II Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

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

  • Must be a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
  • Organizations that are in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). 
  • Organizations based in Maryland that serve Maryland communities and populations (through the mission focus areas of economic development and economic recovery or health and human services or housing).
  • Organizations 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

Round II Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Funding Criteria: 

The ​​​maximum grant request amount is $50,000 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).
  • NEW for Round II: Grant requests up to $50,000 are allowed from eligible applicants with annual operating budgets at or above $1 million. (Maximum grant request is $50,000) 
  • Grant requests up to $25,000 are allowed from eligible applicants with annual operating budgets at or above $250,000 and below $1 million. 
  • Grant requests up to $10,000 are allowed from eligible applicants with annual operating budgets below $250,000. (Minimum grant request is $5,000)
  • Funding requests will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Individual grant amounts may be reduced relative to requests, if demand exceeds available funding.

Round II Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Application Process:

  • NOFA release:  Monday, August 10
  • Projected on-line NORI application portal opens:  12:00 noon, Wednesday, August 12
  • Application portal closes: 5:00 PM, Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at the latest; the portal may close if or when grant requests exceed available funding.
  • Funding announcements on a rolling basis beginning no later than Wednesday, August 26th.

Round II Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Application Requirements: 

In addition to basic organizational information, such as the organization’s official 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 August 12 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.

Round II Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) 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 501c3 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?   

Regionally assigned DHCD team leaders can help you.  For quickest response, use the following email contact information to reach staff since most DHCD staff are teleworking.

Western and Central Maryland (Allegany, Garrett, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Howard):
Sara Jackson: sara.jackson@maryland.gov
Sarah Kim: sarahy.kim@maryland.gov

Montgomery County
Garland Thomas: garland.thomas@maryland.gov
Duane Felix: duane.felix@maryland.gov

Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles
Ashlee Green: ashlee.green@maryland.gov
Drew Holcombe: drew.holcombe@maryland.gov

Eastern Shore, Cecil, and Harford
Karen Forbes: karen.forbes@maryland.gov
JB Weiss: jaffa.weiss@maryland.gov

Baltimore City
Todd Scott: todd.scott@maryland.gov
John Papagni: john.papagni@maryland.gov

Anne Arundel and Baltimore County
Larry Brown: larry.brownjr@maryland.gov
Marcie Castaneda: marcie.castaneda@maryland.gov​
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