Community Investment Tax Credits support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations by awarding allocations of State tax credits for use as incentives to attract contributions from individuals and businesses to benefit local projects and services.
Community Investment Tax Credits complement other State funding programs which offer resources to assist communities with revitalization efforts. As part of an annual, competitive application process, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations apply to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for tax credit allocations. The Community Investment Tax Credit program has leveraged nearly $27 million in charitable contributions to approximately 700 projects across the State.
Businesses and individuals that donate $500 or more to a qualified organization’s approved project(s) can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the money, goods or real property contribution. These tax credits are in addition to the deductions on both Federal and State taxes as a result of the charitable contribution. Visit
GIVE Maryland for information on specific projects and donate now to nonprofits that have available tax credits.
Individuals and businesses must use the tax credits against taxes owed for the year in which the contribution was made and may not be used retroactively for taxes from a prior year. Any individual or business contemplating making a donation is encouraged to consult with their accountant or tax professional for information about their specific tax benefits.
How to Apply
The DHCD-NR Project Portal is the online gateway for application submission and award management for the Community Investment Tax Credit programs.
Who Can Apply
Nonprofit organizations, designated a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service, are eligible to apply for Community Investment Tax Credits to support a project or activity that is either located in or serving a community in a Priority Funding Area.
Organizations soliciting charitable contributions in Maryland are generally required to
register with the Office of the Secretary of State as a charitable organization. Nonprofits must maintain their charitable registration status with the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland. As well as, provide an official
Certificate of Status from the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation.
Once awarded tax credits, nonprofit organizations are required to submit a Semi-Annual Report in January and July providing information on:
- Project activity/status
- Use of tax credits/contributions received
- How the organization is marketing their project and the availability of tax credits
After the initial tax credit award has been made, an organization may make a request for an additional allocation of tax credits no more than twice during the time period of their award agreement. The Community Investment Tax Credits program reviews requests for additional allocations in February and August of each calendar year. Current awardees seeking additional tax credits must complete the Community Investment Tax Credits Request for Additional Allocation Form. For February consideration requests must be received by February 28 and for August consideration by August 31.
Projects must be located in or serve residents of a
Priority Funding Area.
Projects typically involve activities such as:
- Education and Youth Services
- Housing and Community Development
- Job and Self-Sufficiency Training
- Enhancing Neighborhoods and Business Districts
- Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation
- Economic Development and Tourism Promotion
- Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
- Services for At-Risk Populations
GIVE Maryland for information on specific projects funded by Community Investment Tax Credits.
Donors that make contributions of $500 or more are eligible to receive Community Investment Tax Credits. Individuals and businesses making donations are required to obtain from the nonprofit a Donor Acknowledgement Form and complete and submit it to the nonprofit organization receiving the contribution. Individuals or businesses that wish to donate real property must contact the nonprofit prior to making the donation.
GIVE Maryland provides an opportunity for individual donors to connect directly with nonprofits that have available tax credits. Search by county for a nonprofit organization working in your community to give.
Businesses: Any entity that conducts a trade or business in the State and is subject to: the State income tax on individuals or corporations; the public service company franchise tax or the insurance premiums tax. These types of entities generally include corporations, public utility companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, S corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships and limited liability corporations.
Individuals: An individual is a natural person or fiduciary having personal tax liability in the State of Maryland.
Individuals and businesses that make charitable contributions benefit by:
- Reducing their Maryland tax liability
- Helping a local nonprofit organization achieve an essential community goal
- Making a targeted community impact
- Improving community relations and increasing their visibility
The following information may be useful to both individuals and businesses making contributions, as well as nonprofit participants in the Community Investment Tax Credit program. This information is for reference only and any individual or business contemplating making a contribution, that has questions about their specific tax advantages, is encouraged to consult with their accountant or tax professional.
More Information Contact
CITC Program Mailbox
Barbara Kearney, Program Manager
Community Investment Tax Credit