Current Funding Opportunities
Winter Shelter Operations - Deadline: September 21, 4pm
As part of this Winter Shelter plan, the Mayor’s Office Of Human Services is requesting proposals from qualified entities to provide shelter in Baltimore City from October 15, 2018 to March 15, 2019 on nights when the temperature and combined wind chill factor drops to 32°F or below. The following types of proposals will be accepted:
- Existing shelter provider seeking to expand seasonal beds at their current facility
- Organizations seeking to establish a temporary shelter at their own facility
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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