State Revitalization Programs

The Department’s State Revitalization Programs (SRP) offer a range of funding to further the revitalization goals of communities across Maryland. The funding programs listed below are primarily used to support expenses associated with capital projects – in other words, something that will result in “bricks and mortar” with at least a 15-year shelf life. The most competitive applications for funding explicitly connect a project to the revitalization strategies and goals from their community’s Sustainable Community Action Plan.

While every community is different, SRP funds often focus on revitalization projects targeted to commercial and residential districts. Common types of SRP projects include but are not limited to:

  • Upper story redevelopment that increases residential dwellings in historic business districts
  • Commercial façade improvement programs to enhance the marketability of a downtown or Main Street
  • Adaptive reuse of vacant schools for community and educational amenities, such as, community centers and health care or day care facilities
  • Neighborhood pocket parks to make residential areas more attractive to new home buyers and existing residents
  • Arts, cultural and historic amenities, such as museums and theaters, to not only provide entertainment to residents, but attract visitors
  • Small business incubators to help attract new businesses to downtown
  • Development or enhancement of community open space or neighborhood beautification and place making projects
  • Acquisition/rehabilitation of vacant residential properties to increase the supply of low/moderate income housing units

Below is a list of funding programs with information on their purpose, eligible applicants and eligible use of funds. The detailed program guidelines for all State Revitalization Programs can be found at the bottom of the page.

All projects awarded SRP funds should be located within the boundaries of a Sustainable Community and help achieve the outcomes identified in a community’s Sustainable Communities Action Plan.
Sustainable Communities Program
Sustainable Communities Boundaries 

**Some programs have additional location requirements. Many programs also have specific financial matching requirements. These requirements can be found in the Program Guidelines located at the bottom of this webpage.

***The Department cannot guarantee a round of funding in every program each year as funding is requested by the Governor and subject to the approval of the General Assembly.

Community Legacy

Summary: 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.

Eligible Applicants: Local governments, non-profit community development organizations

Eligible Use of Funds: Capital costs, such as, construction/rehabilitation, acquisition, architectural and engineering drawings, site development, other capital improvements

Strategic Demolition Fund

Summary: The Strategic Demolition Fund seeks to catalyze activities that accelerate economic development and job production in existing Maryland communities. The Fund aims to improve the economic viability of “grey field development,” which often faces more barriers than sprawling “green field development.” There are three specific initiatives of the Strategic Demolition Fund.

Eligible Use of Funds for all SDF Initiatives: Demolition of derelict non-contributing structures, site acquisition and assembly, site development, stabilization, construction-level architectural and engineering designs.

  1. Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide (excludes Baltimore City)​
    Eligible Applicants: Local governments or nonprofit community development organizations working outside Baltimore City.

  2. Strategic Demolition Fund – Project C.O.R.E.
    Eligible Applicants: Maryland Stadium Authority, Nonprofit Community Development Organizations working in Baltimore City and Baltimore City Government

    Additional Eligibility Requirements: Funds can only be for projects located in Baltimore City and should help achieve Project C.O.R.E. goals.
    Please go to the Project C.O.R.E website to learn more about this initiative.

  3. Strategic Demolition Fund – National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund
    Eligible Applicants: Local governments and nonprofit community development organizations.

    Additional Eligibility Requirements
    : Funds from the NCAP-EDF program should primarily support commercial and residential development projects. At least 85% of funds will be dedicated to Sustainable Communities between the District of Columbia and Interstate 495.

Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative​

Summary: 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 with various partners will have an appreciable neighborhood revitalization impact. 

Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit Community Development Organizations 

Eligible Use of Funds: Capital costs, such as, construction/rehabilitation, acquisition, architectural and engineering drawings, site development, other costs associated with capital neighborhood improvement projects 

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Must be an approved BRNI applicant ​with an approved neighborhood revitalization plan
***If you DO NOT have an approved strategic neighborhood revitalization plan and are new to the BRNI program, please contact your regional project manager (see the contact list at the bottom of the page) 

SEED Community Development Anchor Institution Program
Summary
: The Seed Community Development Anchor Institution Fund provides competitive grants and loans to anchor institutions for community development projects in blighted areas of the state. Blighted areas are areas in which the majority of buildings have declined in productivity by reason of obsolescence, depreciation, or other causes to an extent that they no longer justify fundamental repairs and adequate maintenance. 

Eligible Applicants: Anchor Institutions, defined as an institution of higher education or a hospital 

Eligible Use of Funds: Capital costs, such as, construction/rehabilitation, acquisition, architectural and engineering drawings, site development, public infrastructure improvements, other costs associated with capital neighborhood improvement projects 

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Projects must be located in an area of blight and support the improvement of a neighborhood that surrounds an anchor institution. Projects DO NOT need to be located inside of a Sustainable Community, but if located inside a Sustainable Community, will be given priority consideration for funding. 

How to Apply

Applications are evaluated based on need, community conditions, project/program scope, proposed timeline, budget, and organizational capacity. All applications must be submitted online via the project portal: https://projectportal.dhcd.state.md.us​.

More Information

Contact your regional project manager if you have any questions concerning these programs or current funding opportunities.
Regional Project Manager Map & Contact List
State Revitalization Program Guidelines FY 2020​

Application Training

The Department offered three application trainings this year. If you missed these trainings or would like to review the content from the training, please view our recorded webinar​.

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