Mayor Brandon M. Scott Announces Second Round of Nonprofit Relief Fund Dollars to Support Baltimore Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

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Brandon M. Scott
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BALTIMORE MD (Monday, May 17, 2021) — Today, in partnership with the Baltimore Civic Fund, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced that nonprofit organizations located in Baltimore City will be eligible for up to $50,000 in grant funding to help address the ongoing negative financial impacts of COVID-19. 

The Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund began in 2020 to provide a critical lifeline to nonprofit organizations facing unexpected costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second round of the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund will open June 1, 2021 and will allow nonprofits to apply for support for past expenditures or projected future needs related to the pandemic and its negative financial impacts.

“I am proud that we will be able to offer additional relief to the nonprofit organizations who have remained dedicated to our most vulnerable residents during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I am thankful to the Biden Administration and the State of Maryland for their partnership in providing funding through the American Rescue Plan as we strive to build a better Baltimore.”

Baltimore City is dedicating a portion of the funding received from the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, American Rescue Plan: Nonprofit-Local Governments program and the federal American Rescue Plan to support 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations located in the city and serving city residents.

Eligible nonprofit organizations with 501c3 tax-exempt status located in Baltimore City can apply for up to $50,000 to mitigate needs related to COVID-19 or its negative financial impacts. The grant process and funding will be administered by the Baltimore Civic Fund, the fiscal sponsor for the City of Baltimore.

“At the Baltimore Civic Fund, we are all about finding creative solutions to get crucial funding to the organizations, programs, and initiatives that are making a difference for Baltimore residents,” said HyeSook Chung, President of the Baltimore Civic Fund. We are thrilled to partner once again with Mayor Scott to extend this critical lifeline to the nonprofit sector in Baltimore.”

The Baltimore Civic Fund previously supported 124 nonprofit organizations serving Baltimore residents with $5 million in grant funding as part of the initial round of the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund, which focused on reimbursing organizations for unexpected costs due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In this round of funding, organizations can use grant funds for a wider variety of needs and can use the grant funding for future programs and initiatives instead of only past costs. Organizations also have a longer window to apply for funds. The Request for Proposals and grant application portal will open for applications on June 1, and close on July 23, 2021.

To learn more about the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund and get updates about the application opening, please visit

About the Baltimore Civic Fund

The Baltimore Civic Fund is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Baltimore, one grant, one program, and one partnership at a time. As the fiscal sponsor for the City of Baltimore, the Civic Fund serves as the financial backbone for public-private partnerships between innovative City programs and the philanthropic community. In this role, the Civic Fund manages $12 million annually for more than 125 City programs that promote business and economic development, education, culture and the creative economy, job growth, and more.

The Civic Fund strives to serve as a hub for connection and coordination between the City of Baltimore and the philanthropic community by building relationships and growing support for priority projects. Working alongside the Mayor of Baltimore and City leadership, the Civic Fund helps realize a vision of an inclusive city where all Baltimore residents prosper.

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