Current Funding Opportunities
City Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Funding Application – Deadline: January 22, 2018
The Mayor's Office of Human Services is requesting new and renewal project proposals from qualified organizations to provide services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during City Fiscal Year 2019. The 2019 City Fiscal Year runs July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. The CFA will allocate funds from seven public grants that operate with similar funding guidelines. These grants include two federal grants, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); and five grants from the State of Maryland, the Emergency and Transitional Housing and Services (ETHS) grant, the Homeless Women Crisis Shelter Program (HWCS), the Eviction Assistance Program (EAP), the Services Linked Housing (SLH) program, and Department of Social Services Shelter Bed Funding.
Note: Renewal projects will receive performance reports for review by close of business on 12/21.
- New Project Application Package
- Renewal Project Application Package
- Bidder's Conference Webinar Recording & Slides
Permanent Supportive Housing Provider (68 households) – Deadline: January 12, 2018
The Mayor’s Office of Human Services is requesting proposals from eligible organizations to assume operations of a permanent supportive housing program for 68 formerly homeless households. This project provides tenant-based rental assistance and comprehensive support services to 68 households in scattered-site private market rental units (approximately 70% single adult households and 30% families).
The program will provide intensive supportive services that include but are not limited to case management, mental health and substance use treatment, access to health care, access to mainstream benefits, and employment development. The program model must utilize Housing First and harm reduction approaches, adopt strengths-based case management practices, and use assertive case management models to engage clients in voluntary services.
The selected agency will be awarded approximately $1,015,280 in HUD Continuum of Care Program funds each year for supportive services and client rental assistance, with an operation start date of 4/1/2018.
The Mayor's Office of Human Services - Homeless Services Program (MOHS-HSP) administers and oversees homeless assistance grants that provide a wide variety of services and housing interventions throughout the City, including:
- Eviction Prevention
- Drop-In Centers
- Street Outreach
- Emergency Shelter
- Transitional Housing
- Rapid ReHousing
- Permanent Supportive Housing
The Resource Allocation Committee of the Continuum of Care and the Mayor's Office of Human Services work together to establish funding priorities for homeless services grants, assess performance on an annual basis to determine renewal funding, develop the Continuum of Care NOFA application and project ranking, and oversee the distribution of Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
Funding for homeless services grants comes from five different sources at the federal, state, and local level. For more information about each grant, the types of services it funds, and program regulations, visit the links below:
- HUD Continuum of Care Program
- HUD Emergency Solutions Grant Program
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
- State of Maryland
- City General Funds
Historical funding allocations can be viewed on the Resources & Publications page.
Applying for Funds
Most homeless services grants are allocated through two annual funding competitions: the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) and the HUD Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
CFA funding sources include ESG, HOPWA, and State of Maryland funds. Proposals are solicited every January for new and renewal projects, and service providers typically have one month to complete and return the application. Funds are competitively awarded based on the program's proposed service model, performance outcomes, fidelity to best practices, and organizational capacity.
The CoC NOFA provides the single largest source of homeless services funds in the City, and approximately 80% of funds allocated are for permanent supportive housing. The NOFA is distributed once annually at varying times of the year. All funds awarded through the NOFA are for grants that will start the following calendar year.
To learn more about the application process for the CFA or CoC NOFA, we recommend reviewing a recently closed RFP for information on program expectations, best practices, policies, and budget development:
Eligibility and Requirements
To be eligible for funding through the Consolidated Funding Application or HUD CoC NOFA, organizations must be:
- A Non-Profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or another city agency
- In Good Standing with the State of Maryland (certification of Good Standing can be obtained through the Department of Taxation website), and
- Must have two years of most recent independent audits (financial statements are not accepted)
- Must be an active Continuum of Care member if applying as a renewal project. New applicants must commit to participating in the Continuum of Care (CoC) meetings and to be a part of the collaborative body if awarded funds.
Each RFP for funding may also have additional eligibility factors, requirements, or conditions beyond this basic criteria.
Get Notified of Funding Opportunities
Organizations can learn more about funding and opportunities to collaborate with other service providers by signing up for the CoC listserv or attending a bimonthly Continuum of Care meeting.
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