Operating Assistance Grant

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is committed to assisting Maryland’s local governments and nonprofit organizations build capacity to achieve their community revitalization and economic development goals. The Department has consolidated two operating assistance programs into one Operating Assistance Grant application for funding: the Main Street Improvement Program and the Technical Assistance Grant.

​These programs offer funding to support operating and technical assistance costs associated with local housing and community and economic revitalization projects and/or initiatives.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:

Applicants must serve communities that include designated Sustainable Community areas.

Main Street Improvement Program

Eligible Applicants: State and Baltimore City designated Main Streets. Applicant may either be the local government or the nonprofit Main Street organization, but only one application may be submitted per designated community.

Technical Assistance Grant

Eligible Applicants: nonprofit organizations, local governments, local development agencies and local development corporations involved in local community and economic revitalization activities

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES:

Projects and/or initiatives should be in alignment with local Sustainable Community Action Plans and/or support activities related to capital projects receiving funds from other Department or state agency programs.

Main Street Improvement Program

Eligible Activities: (include, but are not limited to) costs associated with staff and consultant services, a portion of general operating expenses, market and business recruitment strategies which will improve a business district, street furniture, advertising, façade improvements and other projects that have been identified in the applicant's work plans as key to its Main Street efforts.

Technical Assistance Grant

Eligible Activities: (include, but are not limited to) costs associated with consultants or services, a portion of general operating expenses and other costs directly associated with community development projects. Costs associated with consulting expertise/technical assistance or training for organizational development or community assessment and goal setting resulting in the expansion of an existing program or deployment of a new initiative, such as a revenue producing social enterprise.

HOW TO APPLY AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

FY2021 Operating Assistance Grant applications will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25 and must be submitted by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29.

Applications for Operating Assistance Grant (OAG) – Main Street Improvement Program (MIP) and Operating Assistance Grant (OAG) – Technical Assistance Grant are available via DHCD’s online Project Portal. Access DHCD Project Portal​
(NOTE: You must be registered in the system to apply. If you are not registered, simply click on New User? to get started.)

The following documents MUST be completed and submitted as part of the application – they can be uploaded in the APPLICATION ATTACHMENTS AND AUTHORIZATION section of the online application under DHCD Program Application Supplemental Forms:

More Information

Amy Seitz
Director, Community Access and Partnership
Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
2 North Charles Street, Suite 450
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
E: amy.seitz@maryland.gov​
P: 410-209-5813​​​​​​​​