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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits for Programs to Address Critical Human Service Needs in Eligible Regions

Community Service Partnership (CSP) Program - Emerging Needs and Opportunity (ENO) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 206903
Agency: Local

Funding Source
Howard County

Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Howard County

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/05/22
Deadline: 01/24/23 2:00 PM

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations for programs to address critical human service needs in eligible regions. Funding may be used for capacity building or emergency needs. Programs and projects may fall into the focus areas of basic human needs and safety and security or provide critical human services to residents in Howard County.

Emerging Needs & Opportunity (ENO) Grants are one-time grants that respond to needs and opportunities that impact the delivery of critical human services to individuals and families in Howard County. ENO Grants will be awarded for specific, time-sensitive projects. Projects may address community needs that arise out of emergencies or crises, as well as emerging opportunities that have the potential for measurable impact in the areas of Basic Human Needs and/or Safety and Security. The purpose of these one-time grants is to support nonprofit organizations in effectively responding to critical human services needs and can be used to support the following:

  • Emergency Needs — To provide financial resources to an organization to maintain service delivery in the event of an emergency, crisis, or natural disaster.
  • Capacity-building — To improve an organization’s effectiveness for increased measurable impact by strengthening management and governance, planning, processes, and infrastructure needs.

Focus Areas:

Level I: Basic Human Needs

A thriving community starts with everyone having the ability to equitably access basic needs for themselves and their families. OCP provides targeted CSP grants through its Basic Human Needs funding area of focus to nonprofits serving individuals and families who lack access to adequate resources or are facing financial hardships in the following areas:

  • Hunger Relief and Nutrition
  • Homeless System Services
  • Health Services including Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Reliable and Affordable Access to Resources for Basic Human Needs

Level II: Safety and Security

Achieving the vision of connected, resilient and thriving communities means reaching beyond basic human needs to address safety and security needs of Howard County residents. To continue building the foundation for all residents to equitably access opportunities, grow and thrive, OCP will invest in the resources individuals need to create a better future for themselves and their families, ultimately leading to a stronger community. Through its Safety and Security funding area of focus, OCP will provide CSP grants to nonprofits serving individuals and families in the following areas:

  • Personal Security and Safety
  • Safe and Stable Housing
  • Legal Assistance
  • Job Skills and Employment
  • Healthy Aging
  • Family and Community Resiliency
  • Reliable and Affordable Access to Resources Related to Safety and Security


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
• Be a qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS
• Be registered with the Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation (SDAT)
• Provide direct services to the residents of Howard County, Maryland

ENO Grant requests are not intended to supplement operating expenses.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) will host a virtual Grant Application Information Session to provide additional information and guidance on the application process. This information session will address all 3 available grant opportunities. All eligible, prospective and renewal, applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend.

CSP Grant Application Information Session
Monday, December 5th, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The information session will be held via WebEx in the virtual Community Services Partnership Meeting Room—registration is not required.


Meeting Number: 1607527484
Join by phone:
1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Access code: 160 752 7484

Pre-Application Information
All applications will open Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
All applications are due by Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, by 2:00 pm

Applicants may not apply for more than one ENO Grant per fiscal year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum ENO Grant request of $50,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have any questions, need assistance, or have feedback on the process, please reach out to CSP Staff:

Megan Godfrey Jackson
CSP Program Manager

Arica Smith
CSP Grants Manager

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