Grant op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able for com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grams

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Bal­ti­more County in­vited non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, gov­ern­ment agen­cies and the general pub­lic to a meet­ing to dis­cuss up­com­ing fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and spend­ing pri­or­i­ties for hous­ing and com­mu­nity de- vel­op­ment pro­grams. The meet­ing, to be led by the De­part­ment of Plan­ning, was held at 10 a.m. Tues­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2017, in the Tow­son Room (ground level) of the Tow­son Pub­lic Li­brary, 320 York Road, Tow­son, Mary­land, 21204.

The bulk of the fund­ing to be dis­cussed is made avail­able by the U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment (HUD), which al­lo­cates fund­ing an­nu­ally to Bal­ti­more County. HUD funds in­clude Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grants and Emer­gency So­lu­tions Grants. Ad­di­tional sup­port comes from State and County fund­ing. The County dis­burses much of this fund­ing through a com­pet­i­tive grant pro­gram ad­min­is­tered by the De­part­ment of Plan­ning.

Grant fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are tar­geted to:

Home­less Ser­vices – projects that pre­vent home­less­ness or as­sist those who are cur­rently home­less.

Pub­lic Ser­vices – projects that ad­dress the needs of low-in­come cit­i­zens in the area of em­ploy­ment, crime preven­tion, child care, health and wel­fare, ed­u­ca­tion, sub­stance abuse, en- ergy con­ser­va­tion or recre­ational needs.

Cap­i­tal Projects – for the re­moval of ar­chi­tec­tural bar­ri­ers for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Gen­er­ally, one-year grants will range in size from $15,000 to $200,000. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due by 2 p.m. on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 6, 2018. To learn more, visit http:// www. bal­ti­more­coun­tymd. gov/ Agen­cies/ plan­ning/ grants/in­dex.html

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