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 TOURISM NONPROFITS will allocate funds to the state’s nonprofit tourism producing organizations, such as museums, cultural attractions, zoos, aquariums whose mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development and now economic recovery of Maryland communities through visitor driven events and programs. This NOFA pertains only to the funding allocation for MD-SERI Tourism Nonprofits and provides a preview of the application which is projected to be available online Monday, November 9, 2020.
A separate NOFA for Entertainment Venues and Main Street is also available from DHCD: www.dhcd.maryland.gov
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
MD-SERI: Tourism Nonprofit funds can be used for one or more of the following:
The maximum grant request amount is $500,000 and the minimum amount is $75,000.
Requested funding amounts should be based on the organization’s ability to demonstrate an equal to or greater than loss of revenue from reduced visitor attendance and/or increased expenses to adapt operations and facilities to safely reopen for visitors and staff. These revenue losses and/or increased expenses must occur or have occurred during the period March 1 through December 30, 2020.
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 November 9 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 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: