The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering funding for the Governor’s Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative (MD-SERI).
DHCD’s MD-SERI MAIN STREET will be a grant program for the state’s 33 designated Main Street Maryland communities and Baltimore City’s 8 designated Main Street neighborhoods to support the economic recovery of local Main Street businesses and the economic development of Maryland communities. This NOFA pertains only to the funding allocation for MD-SERI Main Street and provides a preview of the application which is projected to be available online. TBD – MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
Separate NOFAs for Tourism Nonprofits and Entertainment Venues are also available from DHCD: www.dhcd.maryland.gov
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
Any awarded funds for relief grants to businesses should be awarded and deployed as soon as possible and any funds utilized for Main Street operating support to benefit businesses should also be deployed as soon as possible, but no later than April 30, 2021.
The maximum grant request amount is $500,000 and the minimum amount is $75,000.
Requested funding amounts should be based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate the impact and leverage of their existing or planned COVID relief fund for businesses, the demand for additional operating resources (training, technical assistance and/or marketing) to support Main Street businesses and the applicant’s ability to award funds and/or resources to businesses immediately.
Applicants 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.
It is recommended that applicants register in advance of the application round opening.
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 November 2 opening of the on-line application.
All of the following attachments will be required in the on-line application in order for the application to be considered complete: