Funding Resources

Funding Opportunities 

FY21 Neighborhood Initiative Competitive Grants

PCDA is excited to share the applications for the FY21 Neighborhood Initiative Competitive Grants through Pimlico Area Local Impact Aid for the 1 Mile Radius area. Funds for the Neighborhood Initiative Competitive Grants are available for the Liberty-Wabash area, the Northwest Community Planning Forum, and Coldspring Newtown. Please select the application based on the grant amount being requested.  The Park Heights Master Plan area is not eligible for 1 Mile Radius grant opportunities in FY21, please contact Park Heights Renaissance (PHR) for grant funding updates. 

Large Grant Application ($2,500-$30,000) (Word document)

Small Grant Application ($0-$2,500) (Word document)

Applications for FY21 Neighborhood Initiative Competitive “Large” grants in the 1 Mile Radius area must be submitted by August 1, 2020.  Projects creating visible, physical change (e.g. capital projects) will be given priority.

Check out the 2nd round of recently awarded FY20 Neighborhood Initiative Competitive grant awards (May 2020). Here is a list of Round 2 FY19 Neighborhood Initiative Competitive grant awards (Spring 2019). Also, here is a list of FY19 Round 1 Grant Awards (Fall 2018). 

For more information about the FY21 Neighborhood Initiative Competitive Grants in the 1 Mile Radius area, please contact Matt Bartolini ([email protected]) at Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

Please contact Park Heights Renaissance for information on FY21 grant funding in the Park Heights Master Plan area ([email protected]; 410-664-4890). 

Awesome Foundation Grants

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.

Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

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INSPIRE Development Incentives 

The Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence (INSPIRE) program was created to leverage the 21st Century Schools Initiative and to enhance the connection between the schools and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Department of Planning created this program to put a focus on the neighborhoods surrounding each of the schools, specifically the quarter-mile around the schools. The Department of Housing & Community Development is making funds available to provide incentives to help stabilize neighborhoods and promote new investment around the newly modernized schools.

Beginning June 19, 2019, the INSPIRE incentives will provide up to $50,000 per award, to assist with the development of vacant properties in the INSPIRE areas of Arlington Elementary School and Pimlico Elementary Middle School of which the developer has site control.  Click here to learn more about the INSPIRE Grant funding and/or to submit an application. The available funds for each INSPIRE area is $500,000.

Please visit DHCD's website for additional information. 

Questions? contact Kelly Baccala at 410-396-4111.

France-Merrick Foundation – Grants

The Foundation’s funding is aimed at increasing capacity of organizations to have a positive impact on lives and communities. 

The Foundation has six main areas of focus: civic and culture, community and economic development, conservation, education, health and human services and historic preservation.  The Foundation funds within Maryland, with a particular focus on the Greater Baltimore area.  France-Merrick Foundation’s funding is focused on project-oriented requests which have defined beginnings and endings which do not require ongoing financial support, as opposed to annual giving or operational support. Please click here to apply.