Community Safety Works

​​​​​​The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering two separate Community Safety Works grant opportunities that will encourage the implementation of crime prevention strategies through physical design improvements and community vigilance and maintenance.

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​​Community Safety Works grant opportunities:

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Facility Improvements: Maximum grant request is $25,000 for facility-related improvements that make nonprofit organization’s facilities, including houses of worship, safer and more defensible.

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Business District Improvements: Maximum request is $100,000 for community-related/business district-related safety improvements that implement the business district’s plan for making public and private spaces safer and more defensible.

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Facility Improvements Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for Community Safety Works: Facility Improvements grant an applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • A tax-exempt nonprofit organization, including faith-based nonprofit organizations
    • Nonprofit organizations will be required to provide an IRS Determination Letter of tax-exempt status
    • Houses of Worship will be required to provide one of the following: an IRS Determination Letter of tax-exempt status OR Articles of Organization if a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) OR Articles of Incorporation if a Corporation.
  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
  • Must be based in Maryland and serve Maryland communities and populations
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Please read carefully the notice of funding availability (NOFA) BELOWThe NOFA provides important information on additional criteria specific to the Facility Improvements grant as well as the required documents that must be provided at the time of application.

Notice of Funding Availability:

Business District Improvements Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Must be an IRS determined nonprofit organization or the local government sponsor of one the state’s 33 designated Main Street Maryland communities
  • Must be an IRS determined nonprofit organization of one of Baltimore City’s 8 designated Main Street neighborhoods
  • Must be an IRS determined nonprofit organization whose mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development of the local business district and whose programs and activities support the small businesses within the district

To be eligible to apply, a nonprofit applicant must also meet both of these criteria:

  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
  • Must be based in Maryland and serve Maryland communities and populations

Please read carefully the notice of funding availability (NOFA) belowThe NOFA provides important information on additional criteria specific to the Business District Improvements grant as well as the required documents that must be provided at the time of application.

Notice of Funding Availability:

Applications

Community Safety W​orks applications

Both the Facility Improvements and Business District Improvements applications are available online. Prior to submitting an application you will be required to register with the Maryland OneStop Portal. OneStop is the central hub for Maryland State licenses, forms, certificates, permits, applications, and registrations and can be accessed at: ​ https://onestop.md.gov​

For more information​

News:
Governor Hogan Announces Additional Actions to Address Violent Crime in Baltimore City ​
Re-Fund The Police: Governor Hogan Announces $150 Million Initiative to Increase Support for Law Enforcement, Crime Control, and Victim Protection Efforts​

For questions, contact dhcd.communitysafety@maryland.gov