FY23 COMMUNITY FUNDING PROJECT REQUESTS IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS LEGISLATION

This year, the Appropriations Committee considered requests from Senators for Congressionally Directed Spending investments designed to benefit their states and communities. In the committee's proposed legislation for Fiscal Year 2023, Senator Van Hollen secured funding for the following projects across the state. However, funding is not finalized until the Appropriations bills are passed by the Senate, reconciled with the House of Representatives, and signed by the President.

Community Funding Projects by Region 

Greater Baltimore Region

PUBLIC SAFETY

Project Name: Baltimore City Violence Intervention and Prevention
Applicant: City of Baltimore
Description: Funds will be used to advance the new Public Safety Accountability Dashboard and support intimate partner violence intervention activities. The new dashboard will incorporate traditional criminal justice data from multiple agencies and public surveys to better track violent crime and response and enhance transparency in public safety activities. The City will also undertake intimate partner intervention activities to address an increase in domestic violence-related homicides in the city by supporting survivors and reducing further harm.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $500,000 

Project Name: Train the Trainer Interdisciplinary Violence Prevention Program
Applicant: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Description: Funds will be used to develop, implement, and evaluate an interdisciplinary training program for non-profit leaders, police officers, lawyers, and social workers on violence prevention. UMB plans to partner with Heartsmiles and the Black Mental Health Alliance to teach best practices in violence prevention, youth and community engagement, and avoiding interpersonal violence. By engaging with trusted community leaders and sharing effective strategies, the program will improve coordination on city-wide violence intervention and prevention.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,100,000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: Baltimore Community Lending Small Business Development & Resource Center
Applicant: Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.
Description: Baltimore Community Lending has served the Baltimore community since 1989 with flexible financial resources. Funds will be used to acquire a facility to house their Small Business Development and Resource Center to serve as an accessible facility for community meetings, skill trainings, and other educational activities. The Center will provide co-working and business incubation space as well as legal services and support on accounting, procurement, insurance, and other technical assistance to develop start-up businesses. 
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

Project Name: Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network at the Maryland Institute College of Art
Applicant: Maryland Institute College of Art
Description: MICA’s Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) supports artists, designers, creatives, and cultural entrepreneurs as they develop the businesses that fuel Maryland’s creative economy – a sector that added over $10 billion in economic impacts in our state in 2020 and sustained nearly 70,000 jobs. Funds will be used to expand BCAN’s Scale your Passion, Creative Coaching, and mobile programming to provide mentorship, technical assistance, incubation space, and coaching to entrepreneurs seeking to launch new ventures. Since the program’s creation in 2017, BCAN alumni have opened retail establishments, secured partnerships with national retailers, and even been featured in Oprah’s Holiday Gift Guide.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

Project Name: The HAVEN
Applicant: L.A.M.B., Inc., CDC
Description of Proposal: The HAVEN project will provide healthy food alternatives for residents living in a food desert, office space for conducting job training and internship opportunities, job training opportunities, and food pantry space for our continued food distributions. Funds will be used to erect a four-story food eatery and office space project that will serve more than 500 community residences, local businesses, and the District Court House, located in the North Avenue area of East Baltimore City.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $250,000

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Project Name: Druid House Transitional Housing Program
Applicant: Druid Heights CDC
Description of Proposal: The Druid House Transitional Housing Program assists single parents experiencing homelessness in developing more independent living skills and stability, as they move toward a more permanent living situation. Residents receive services, including counseling and assistance in finding employment, as well as a monthly food pantry and transportation. These funds will be used for the rehabilitation of 13 apartment units located within the Druid Heights urban renewal community.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $750,000

Project Name: JCS Community Living Group Home Renovations
Applicant: Jewish Community Services (JCS)
Description of Proposal: JCS provides a lifetime commitment of care, support, and guidance for people with disabilities in Maryland through 24-hour supervision, staffing, nursing, and other supportive services to 29 low and moderate income, developmentally disabled residents who live in one of nine Alternative Living units (ALU) in the Baltimore area. These federal funds will allow JCS to complete necessary renovations and accessibility modifications that will allow the residents to continue to live safely and remove barriers to mobility within the homes.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $760,000

Project Name: McElderry Park Affordable Homeownership Project
Applicant: Southeast Community Development Corporation
Description of Proposal: Since 2000, homeownership has declined in McElderry Park by almost 40% as landlords bought up properties for rentals. The pandemic subsequently sparked a home buying boom, making it more difficult for low-income buyers to compete for affordable homes. The Southeast CDC will use these federal funds to acquire vacant and distressed homes, then rehab and resell them at affordable prices to low-to-moderate-income homebuyers. Homebuyers will also have access to financial counseling and affordable loan products.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $600,000

Project Name: Rosa's House
Applicant: L.A.M.B., Inc., CDC
Description of Proposal: This project will serve as a safe sanctuary for families, women, and children who have survived domestic violence and abuse. Funds will be used to build an emergency housing facility for 50-70 families, including 100 beds, playrooms for the children, community space, and a kitchen and dining area. Rosa’s House will also assist residents in finding permanent housing and other services and will provide individual and family counseling and healthcare services.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $250,000

Project Name: Southern Views Multi-Family Workforce Housing Project
Applicant: Mary Harvin Community Development Corporation
Description of Proposal: The Workforce Housing Project is part of the East Baltimore Revitalization Project, which aims to transform the neighborhood and encourage residents to stay long-term. Federal funds will be used to support construction of housing units for the Mary Harvin Transformation Center trainees, recent graduates, and their families, giving them a safe and stable home as they develop their skills and find new careers.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $3,259,000

HEALTH CARE

Project Name: B’more for Healthy Babies Expansion
Applicant: City of Baltimore
Description: B’more for Healthy Babies has created a national model to eliminate the Black-white racial disparity in infant mortality through a combination of intensive community outreach, linkage of mothers to community services, group-based programming to empower mothers and provide social support, and coordination across service providers to streamline referrals and access to services. Local sites hire people from the community to be Resource Moms and provide training and opportunities for mothers to become peer leaders. Since 2009, when B’more for Healthy Babies launched, the infant mortality rate in the City has decreased by 35%. Federal funds would allow the program to expand these vital services to eight additional neighborhoods: Allendale/Irvington/S. Hilton; Cherry Hill; Clifton-Berea; Greater Rosemont; Greenmount East; Orangeville/East Highlandtown; Pimlico/Arlington/Hilltop; and Southern Park Heights.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $425,000

Project Name: Baltimore Residential Crisis Services Center
Applicant: Sheppard Pratt Health System, Inc.
Description: An in-depth needs assessment by Sheppard Pratt and Greater Baltimore Medical Center has found that over a three-month period, 165 emergency room patients could have been better served in a Residential Crisis Service facility for mental health treatment if one had been available. 96 of those patients were admitted to the hospital because there was no other treatment option. To address this lack of appropriate care, Sheppard Pratt, GBMC, and the Maryland Department of Health are partnering to set up a Residential Crisis Services Center for Baltimore. GBMC has donated a site on North Eutaw Street, and federal funds will be used to complete renovations and make the program operational to serve the community.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,300,000

Project Name: Dee's Place Wellness and Recovery Services
Applicant: Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition
Description: Every day individuals reach out to Dee's Place for recovery support from addiction, which receives more than 5,000 calls a month. This number includes those who attend NA/AA/AIM support groups, receive support services such as referrals to treatment and housing, and those seeking one-on-one meetings with Certified Peer Recovery Specialists. Dee's Place is committed to working with state agencies, the Baltimore City Health Department, numerous health institutions, community-based organizations, and other recovery centers to combat the opioid epidemic in Baltimore City. Federal funds will allow Dee’s Place to expand their services to increase the number of people participating in meetings and group sessions, peer-to-peer meetings, referrals to treatment and other supportive services; and expand hours of operation.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $600,000

Project Name: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing CAPABLE Baltimore City
Applicant: Johns Hopkins University
Description: CAPABLE is a person-directed, home-based program that empowers seniors to age in place. The program ranges four to five-months, integrating services from an occupational therapist (OT), a registered nurse (RN), and a handy worker who work together with an older adult to set goals and direct action plans that improve health, independence, and safety. Participants learn new skills, exercises, and how to work with additional tools/equipment/home modifications to make their daily routines more functional as they age. CAPABLE focuses on prevention and problem-solving, building skills that participants can use in the future. Federal funds would allow the Johns Hopkins HealthCare program to reach an additional 100 households within Baltimore City, yielding an estimated $5,000,000 in health care savings driven by reductions in both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $473,000

Project Name: Pediatric Long-Covid Clinic
Applicant: Kennedy Krieger Institute
Description: Reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children's Hospital Association state that, as of March 24, 2022, there have been nearly 13 million pediatric cases of COVID-19, representing approximately 19% of the cases in the United States. In Maryland, the AAP estimates that as of March 24, 2022 there have been over 200,000 pediatric cases of COVID-19. Based on research estimates, it is expected that there are already 10,000-20,000 pediatric patients in Maryland who have had or will continue to have long-COVID. Evidence suggests that patients with long-COVID benefit from a multidisciplinary treatment approach. The Kennedy Krieger Institute has a long-standing history and proven excellence in multi- and interdisciplinary care models for children and adolescents. As a result, the Institute established the Pediatric Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Clinic in June 2020 to treat young people with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and symptoms lasting for more than a month. Federal funds will help support clinical operations and treatments, including for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

Project Name: Sinai Hospital Emergency Department Modernization
Applicant: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Description: Sinai Emergency Department (ED) is one of only four Level II Trauma Centers in the state and was initially designed to accommodate about 50,000 visits each year, far less capacity than is currently needed. Federal funds for the Sinai Hospital Emergency Department Modernization project will address the increasing rates of trauma patients by increasing the size and scope of all ED trauma bays and improve care for behavioral health patients by allowing separate and immediate access to the ED for these patients, affording them privacy and expedited entry into the facility. Additionally, this project will allow for the renovation of behavioral health rooms to provide for more comfortable settings for unavoidable long-term stays.
Project Location: Owings Mills, MD
Amount Included: $2,500,000

Project Name: Strengthen Community-Based Services for Older Adults in Baltimore City
Applicant: City of Baltimore
Description: National data has shown that social isolation is a prime risk factor for older adults. Many City residents are on waiting lists for in-home services. Federal funding will support a team of service coordinators in Baltimore City’s 13 senior centers who will reach out to older adults in senior housing buildings, private homes, and homeless shelters to connect them with services, resources, and community support systems. It will also pay for comprehensive assessments and case management for homebound City residents 65 and over who are not eligible for Medicaid, providing adult day care, chore service, personal care, medical supplies, home-delivered meals, and medical transportation.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,400,000

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: AFRO-American Newspapers’ Digitization Preparation Fellowship
Applicant: Afro Charities, Inc.
Description: The AFRO-American Newspapers is the oldest Black-owned business in Maryland and has an archive of approximately three million photographs, several thousand letters, back issues of the paper, and personal audio recordings of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Funds will be used to prepare the physical materials in the AFRO archives collection for future digitization so they can be available to the public. Afro Charities will recruit community members as Fellows to prepare the archive and digitize the collection.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $257,000

Project Name: B-360 STEM Programming and Educational Campus
Applicant: I am Mentality, Inc.
Description: Since 2017, B-360 has served over 7,000 students by turning Baltimore’s youth and young adults’ interest in dirt biking into an opportunity to educate them about the engineering design process and provide safe spaces to apply engineering and rider safety. They serve youth ages 5-15 with workshops on engineering, mechanics, robotics, coding, 3D printing, CAD, laser engraving, electricity, soldering, welding, team building, presentation, and entrepreneurship. Participants over the age of 16 learn similar training and programming but are also hired to work with younger students. Federal funds would be used to expand staffing and provide equipment for educational amenities like a 3D printing lab, auto body shop, and computer labs.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $2,000,000

Project Name: Center for Equitable Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Applicant: Morgan State University
Description: Funds will be used to support the new Center for Equitable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) at Morgan State University. The Center will address complex data projects related to the development, deployment, and verification of socially responsible and equitable AI that recognizes diverse needs and users.
Project Location: Baltimore, MD
Amount Included: $2,000,000

Project Name: Coppin State University Nursing Certification Support
Applicant: Coppin State University
Description: The COVID Pandemic proves just how critically important the need for qualified health care workers to serve the community, especially the City of Baltimore, which is home to some of our most vulnerable populations. Coppin State University’s nursing program provides significant personnel support to this community with highly qualified nurses. Federal funds will enable nursing students to participate in preparatory courses and register for needed certification exams.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $53,000

Project Name: Coppin State University Teaching Certification Support
Applicant: Coppin State University
Description: The State of Maryland continues to experience a shortage of highly-qualified teachers. In order to be certified, prospective teachers need to take and pass the Praxis Core and Praxis II tests. Federal funds will be used by Coppin State to provide students with prep courses for the exams at no or minimal costs and assist students in paying the exam fees so more are able to successfully reach certification.
Project Location: Baltimore, MD
Amount Included: $87,000

Project Name: Earth and Space Institute Upgrades
Applicant: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Description: The Earth and Space Institute at UMBC supports multidisciplinary research and education in earth and space sciences and engineering. Funds will be used to upgrade laboratories to meet critical NASA certifications and enable the Institute to expand its capacity to undertake NASA and private missions while training students and young engineers.
Project Location: Baltimore, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

Project Name: Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Excel Center
Applicant: Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Description: Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake is working to open the Excel Center, an innovative school model that provides adults with a high school experience, the opportunity to access postsecondary credentials and skill-building experiences, and wraparound support services. Upon completion students will receive a state-recognized high school diploma. Each student is supported by a dedicated coach to provide guidance as they seek their diploma and credentials, and the site offers free childcare and transportation assistance. All students are encouraged to earn career certifications and/or college credit along with their high school diploma to emerge prepared to fill openings for good jobs- ones that offer complex, purposeful work alongside living wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement. Funds will be used to support program operations.
Project Location: Baltimore, MD
Amount Included: $1,400,000

Project Name: Living Classrooms’ Job Training for Returning Citizens/Environmental Equity Tree Planting Project
Applicant: Living Classrooms Foundation
Description: The Living Classrooms’ Job Training for Returning Citizens/Environmental Equity Tree Planting Project will work to annually train up to 24 apprentices who are returning citizens to Baltimore with skills in planting and care of trees that will be planted in disinvested communities in East Baltimore. Together, this will allow returning citizens to have a pathway to employment post-incarceration while providing community beautification and revitalization work.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $750,000

Project Name: Morgan State University Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Applicant: Morgan State University
Description: The need for African Americans in the medical profession is well documented, with black men representing less than 3% of all medical students nationally, a figure that has not changed in the five decades. Morgan State University seeks to address this through the creation of the first Osteopathic College of Medicine at an HBCU. In order to prepare students for admission into this program, the University will first establish a Master's Level program in Biomedical Sciences. These federal funds will be used to support establishment of this new Master’s Level program, including equipping labs and classrooms, developing coursework, and recruiting faculty and staff.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,995,000

Project Name: Notre Dame University of Maryland Growing Primary Care and Health Professionals through Higher Education
Applicant: Notre Dame of Maryland University
Description: Since the founding of its School of Nursing in 1979, Notre Dame University of Maryland (NDUM) has provided high quality healthcare education. Its programming now includes a School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapist, and Family Nurse Practitioner training. Federal funding will expand the Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapist, and Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum and purchase equipment and technology to ensure students are able to learn on the same tools they will use in practical settings.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $963,000

Project Name: STEMcx Workforce Development and College Readiness Program
Applicant: Transforming Lives Community Organization/STEMcx
Description: The Transforming Lives Community Development Corporation’s workforce pipeline program provides underserved students with STEM workforce experiences. Federal funds will help scale up the program to place 50 students in 8-week paid summer experiences working directly with local STEM companies and organizations, along with college readiness preparation programming, including mentoring from current college students taking STEM courses.
Project Location: Baltimore, MD
Amount Included: $195,000

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HISTORICAL, AND CULTURAL INITIATIVES

Project Name: B-360 Educational Campus
Applicant: I Am Mentality Inc.
Description of Proposal: This project will establish a safe, permanent location for B-360’s education programming and allow youth and young adults to ride their dirt bikes in a safe place while learning about science, education, and math. With this new site, B-360 will solidify their impact in Baltimore with a multi-use facility and regional hub that provides transferable skills and culturally relevant education. The site will serve an estimated 3000+ youth and young adults in the space annually with educational programming and divert nonviolent offenders into job and career training programs.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $2,000,000

Project Name: Baltimore Pumphouse
Applicant: American Communities Trust, Inc.
Description of Proposal: Built 125 years ago, the Baltimore Pumphouse was the water pumping station for East Baltimore. Today it is a multi-phased project to bring retail and restaurants back to a distressed area for the first time in 50 years. The project includes five historical buildings. These federal funds will be used to complete renovation of the Historic Garage, Stables and Historic Machine Shop, which will house a manufacturing facility, catering business, and restaurant, as well as opportunities for job training and classes.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $3,200,000

Project Name: Catholic Charities Intergenerational Center
Applicant: Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Description of Proposal: Funds will be used to rehabilitate a building in Greater Rosemont to serve as an Intergenerational Center and support multiple generations of a family through Head Start classes and other community programming. While federal funds will primarily contribute to renovations to the section of the building that will house a Head Start program serving 120 children, the full project will include a community health clinic, behavioral health services for teens and adults, workforce development services, afterschool tutoring and summer programs, meeting rooms and community spaces, computer labs, a playground and open spaces for families, and two basketball courts.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $1,750,000

Project Name: Forest Park Renaissance
Applicant: WBC Community Development Corporation
Description of Proposal: Federal Funds will be used to acquire and revitalize the former fire station in Forest Park. The building will become the headquarters for the neighborhood associations and WBC CDC, meeting space for the delivery of housing and small business counseling and coaching services, and flex space with meeting rooms, technology lab, copy room, and business incubator suites to support the business district. The plans include the first and second floors with a third floor addition creating a mixed use property that is self-sufficient and serves the community.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $3,000,000

Project Name: Greenmount Park in Johnston Square
Applicant: Rebuild Metro, Inc.
Description of Proposal: The Johnston Square is an underserved neighborhood that is currently the site of the Johnston Square Gateway Project, an effort to build over 200 mixed-income homes and a series of new commercial spaces over the next five years. These federal funds will convert four acres of vacant and dilapidated land into a modernized and sustainable greenspace that will offer high-quality amenities like play spaces, fitness stations, and shade trees to the Johnston Square community and provide a high-quality lit practice field for St. Frances Academy's football team. The park will be designed to serve as a place for Johnston Square families to play and exercise and as a locus of community gatherings, events, and other social activities like farmers markets and festivals for local residents. The project will also serve to connect the neighborhood to the Jones Falls Trail and East Coast Greenway, allowing greater access to Penn Station, Druid Hill Park, and other city amenities.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

Project Name: Liberty Community Development Corporation Food Pantry
Applicant: Liberty Community Development Corporation
Description of Proposal: The Liberty Community Development Corporation operates a food pantry that serves individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in the Randallstown, Gwynn Oak and Windsor Mill areas of Baltimore County. These funds will be used for the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation and reconstruction of the existing food pantry to expand and improve its services.
Project Location: Windsor Mill, MD
Amount Included: $400,000

Project Name: New Shiloh Cultural Arts and Recreation Center
Applicant: New Shiloh Community Development Corporation
Description of Proposal: Funds will be used to support the construction of the New Shiloh Cultural Arts and Recreation Center, which is the 8th and final project in the development plan for New Shiloh Village. The Center will service the Village and Greater Mondawmin area with basketball camps, track and field training, weight and exercise rooms, tutoring programs, and mentoring for local youth. It will also house existing programs, including the Carter Children Center for tutoring, the Mentoring Male Youth Program, Senior Exercise Programs, the YMCA Head Start Program, and health screening provided by Bon Secours Health Care.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $2,000,000

Project Name: Project Liberty Ship, S.S. John W. Brown for Drydock
Applicant: Project Liberty Ship, S.S. John W. Brown
Description: The S.S. John W. Brown, berthed in Baltimore, educates visitors about the vital role of the wartime American merchant marine, Naval Armed Guard, and shipbuilders – three largely unheralded groups that were instrumental in the Allied victory in World War II. Visitors can participate in training classes and experience living history aboard the authentically restored and sailing S.S. John W. Brown. Federal funding would support drydocking the ship to allow its hull and fixtures to be inspected, preserved, and kept in good operational condition. It will also give U.S. Coast Guard personnel the opportunity to inspect those parts of the ship that are not available when it is waterborne in order to continue safe operations.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

Project Name: Renovation of Arena Players Incorporated
Applicant: Arena Players Incorporated
Description of Proposal: Located in West Baltimore, Arena Players Incorporated is the oldest continually operating African American Community theatre in the United States. API’s current location is deteriorating and these federal funds will be used for comprehensive upgrades to the main performance space, a complete re-envisioning of the auxiliary spaces on the second and third floors, and immediate attention to the exterior, including ADA accessibility.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $4,000,000

CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 

Project Name: Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy Chesapeake Program
Applicant: The Nature Conservancy
Description: Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy Chesapeake is an urban forestry health assessment that will increase forest conservation in Baltimore, work closely with the community to identify high-impact planting sites, and offer STEM-based workforce trainings for green jobs. Federal funds will be used for community outreach, science-based workforce development training, data collection and climate model integration, and science communication.
Project Location: Baltimore City, MD
Amount Included: $700,000

Project Name: Solar Panel Installation at Goucher College
Applicant: Goucher College
Description: Funds will be used to support the installation of three acres of photovoltaic solar panels (PVP) across campus grounds and rooftops, which will allow the college to significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels and reduce its electricity costs by $2 million a year.
Project Location: Baltimore County, MD
Amount Included: $750,000

 

Eastern Shore

INFRASTRUCTURE

Project Name: Hoopers Island Causeway Breakwater and Bulkhead
Applicant: Army Corps of Engineers (Civil)
Description: Funds will be used to design and construct jetties along the Hoopers Island causeway on Chesapeake Bay side to protect the shoreline and prevent roadway and structure damage.
Project Location: Dorchester County, MD
Amount Included: $100,000

Project Name: Leslie Water Treatment Plant
Applicant: Town of North East
Description: When water is pumped from the Leslie Raw Water Pump Station to the raw water pond in the water treatment process, sediment is passed from the creek to the pond. When left to accumulate, the sediment in the raw water pond reduces the volume of water available for treatment and can lead to algae blooms and changes in the water’s pH level in warm summer months. Federal funds will allow the Town to dredge the sediment and inspect the pond structure to ensure future integrity.
Project Location: North East, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

Project Name: Sewer Extension Project and Royal Oak Pump Station Replacement
Applicant: Talbot County
Description: The Royal Oak Pump Station was constructed in 1992 and needs to be replaced to avoid a serious environmental impact near Oak Creek. The Talbot Sanitary District secured land to construct a new pump station in 2020. Federal funds will support the new pump station and connect hundreds of residences that currently use septic tanks to the sewer system.
Project Location: Royal Oak, MD
Amount Included: $911,000

Project Name: Smith Island Clean Water Project
Applicant: Somerset County, Maryland
Description: The existing Tylerton Wastewater Treatment Plant, which serves Ewell, Rhodes Point, and Tylerton, is out of environmental compliance and under a consent order. The steel tanks at the existing Ewell Wastewater Treatment Plant are badly corroded and the Smith Island sewer system is vulnerable to flooding. Federal funds would support upgrades to the Ewell Wastewater Treatment Plant, the decommissioning of the Tylerton Wastewater Treatment Plant, the construction of a new subaqueous force main to connect Tylerton to wastewater collection, environmental mitigation, and upgrades of the three wastewater pumping stations in the project area. The project will help protect water quality and estuarine ecosystems around Smith Island that support rockfish, crab, and oyster populations.
Project Location: Ewell, MD
Amount Included: $2,250,000

Project Name: Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Renovation and Upgrade
Applicant: Town of Centreville
Description: The Town of Centreville plans to upgrade their outdated wastewater treatment plant, which would increase environmental efficiency and expand capacity. The facility will also include a water reuse system to allow for use of treated water for on-site and potential future off-site uses. Federal funds will support the renovation.
Project Location: Centreville, MD
Amount Included: $2,155,000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Project Name: UMES Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Applicant: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Description: Funds will be used to convert underutilized facilities into a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMES, which will provide entrepreneurial resources, business incubator spaces, a Maker's Space, and educational facilities. Services will be free to the public, with the ultimate purpose of bringing economic development to the region and supporting minority-owned small businesses.
Project Location: Princess Anne, MD
Amount Included: $1,500,000

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Project Name: Worcester County Housing Rehabilitation Program
Applicant: Worcester County
Description of Proposal: Worcester County’s Housing Rehabilitation Program currently assists local homeowners by paying for housing rehabilitation costs. These federal funds will continue that effort to assist single family homeowners and rental properties with necessary rehabilitation projects to bring properties up to applicable building codes and standards, including roof replacements, lead abatement, accessibility features, energy efficient windows, and plumbing upgrades.
Project Location: Snow Hill, MD
Amount Included: $100,000

HEALTH CARE

Project Name: Lower Shore Clinic, Inc. Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Facility
Applicant: Lower Shore Clinic, Inc.
Description of Proposal: The Lower Shore Clinic, Inc. Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Facility provides wraparound care and services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders, who frequently have complex health needs. Funds will be used for 21 housing units among at least 7 houses throughout the tri-county area of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. These additional units will support the expansion of psychiatric rehabilitation services and the integration of Co-Occurring Outpatient Substance Use Treatment services.
Project Location: Salisbury, MD
Amount Included: $645,000

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: Chesapeake College Workforce Training
Applicant: Chesapeake College
Description: Chesapeake College is an essential economic engine that provides vital training to students to improve employment prospects, drives local business, and fuels growth within the five-county service region of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The college offers a large selection of credit and continuing education classes designed to help students prepare for transfer to upper-level institutions, immediate entry into a career, or enhancement of work-related skills. Federal funds will support expansion of the welding program – a highly in-demand skill – with a Mobile Welding Training Lab designed to reach students where they live and work. Funds will also be used for the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing Program that will provide training in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma, Computer Numerical Control Router, 3D Printing, Universal Laser Systems and Robotics.
Project Location: Wye Mills, MD
Amount Included: $1,200,000 

Project Name: Developing Aviation Tools and Training to Mitigate Geographic Health Disparities
Applicant: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Description: Rural populations in the United States are often disconnected from necessary health resources, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have the potential to fill infrastructure gaps and connect these isolated communities. The UMES Developing Aviation Tools and Training to Mitigate Geographic Health Disparities project will use the capabilities of their existing Aviation Sciences program to pilot an effort to use UAS and associated technology to deliver essential medications and supplies to rural populations without full access to medical services. Federal funds would support this research, including training and curriculum for students.
Project Location: Princess Anne, MD
Amount Included: $510,000

Project Name: Oyster Research to Enhance Resiliency
Applicant: University of MD Center for Environmental Science
Description: Funds will be used to support research into oyster restoration and to enhance UMCES’ production of oyster larvae and spat for research and restoration activities. Improving these practices will support the long-term health of oysters in the Bay and Maryland’s seafood industry.
Project Location: Cambridge, MD
Amount Included: $960,000

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HISTORICAL, AND CULTURAL INITIATIVES

Project Name: BAAM Academic Center
Applicant: Building African American Minds, Inc. (BAAM)
Description of Proposal: BAAM provides student academic and social activities for Black students in Talbot County, as well as career and workforce development for youth and adults. Funds will be used to support the new BAAM Academic Center, adjacent to the BAAM Athletic Center, to house its academic and workforce services and allow it to expand its student and adult participation. The BAAM Academic Center will include a library, 12 classrooms, a computer lab, a multipurpose/dining room with a commercial kitchen, a student lounge, a wellness and counseling center, and administrative offices.
Project Location: Easton, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

Project Name: Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers Preschool Site Air Quality Improvement Project
Applicant: Critchlow Adkins Children's Centers
Description: The Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers Preschool Site provides year-round, full-day education and care for children ages 2-4, and 74% of the families served are low-income. Funds will be used to help replace four HV/AC units and make related repairs, improving air circulation and quality at the preschool.
Project Location: Easton, MD
Amount Included: $21,000

Project Name: One Mission Cambridge Mission Center
Applicant: One Mission Cambridge
Description: Many of the churches in Cambridge currently operate their own food pantries that occur throughout the month at different times, days, and locations. This inconsistent manner in which food pantries currently operate is confusing for many people and causes frustration for those seeking assistance. Federal funds will support One Mission Cambridge, which will consolidate the services into a single food pantry location with regular hours, community dinners, community navigation to access additional services, and counseling to serve those experiencing food security.
Project Location: Cambridge, MD
Amount Included: $60,000

Project Name: Pathway to Equity for People with Disabilities Begins in Rural Maryland
Applicant: The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
Description of Proposal: The Arc Central Chesapeake Region serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Eastern Shore. Funds will be used to support development of The Arc at Port Street facility, which will provide counseling, day services, and a community gathering space for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc at Port Street is being developed alongside The Residences at Port Street, which will provide quality affordable housing. This project will allow The Arc to grow its Eastern Shore programs by at least 60%, serving a minimum of 150 people by 2025, so that people with disabilities can live, work, and connect within their community.
Project Location: Easton, MD
Amount Included: $750,000

Project Name: St. Michaels Community Center Capital Project
Applicant: St. Michaels Community Center
Description of Proposal: The current St. Michaels Community Center is in a World War II era former lumber warehouse that has no windows, limited accessibility, no insulation, and only partial HVAC. These federal funds will allow for the renovation of the building to allow the Community Center to expand their services, including a commercial kitchen with a new Culinary Arts Workforce Development Program to enroll unemployed individuals and those with barriers to employment to learn food preparation skills while expanding the Community Food Distribution Program. The Center will also include equipped classrooms for after-school programs, summer camp, and adult education, along with a Technology Center to provide online classes from Chesapeake College and serve as a home for a retail entrepreneurship training program.
Project Location: St. Michaels, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

AGRICULTURE

Project Name: Eastern Shore Farm to Freezer Project
Applicant: Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC)
Description: Funds will help with build out, equipment, and initial operational support and working capital for the pilot-scale phase of the Farm to Freezer Project. This project will help small and medium-sized farms freeze their produce for wider markets and provide food for the Maryland Food Bank.
Project Location: Denton, MD
Amount Included: $985,000

ENVIRONMENT

Project Name: Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery
Applicant: Army Corps of Engineers (Civil)
Description: Funds will be used to continue oyster restoration projects in Maryland and Virginia, including constructing and rehabilitating reefs and planting oysters. Federal restoration funding has led to significant improvements in oyster population in the Bay.
Project Location: Talbot County, MD
Amount Included: $4,000,000

Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: The Equity Incubator at the Universities at Shady Grove
Applicant: The Universities at Shady Grove
Description: Operated by the Universities at Shady Grove’s Lab for Entrepreneurship and Transformative Leadership, the Equity Incubator provides guidance and support to groups of entrepreneurs and includes an 8-week long intensive program with weekly workshops and mentor meetings, and a venture pitch to a panel of judges. Funds will be used to expand the Equity Incubator program to meet demand.
Project Location: Rockville, MD
Amount Included: $956,000

Project Name: Maryland Economic Opportunity Center
Applicant: University of Maryland, College Park
Description: Funds will be used to support the Center's work as a hub helping to start, grow, and sustain small businesses from underserved communities across the state by connecting business owners with assistance in planning, financing, marketing, and other services and identifying and filling gaps in services available to the minority and women-owned small businesses. The Center also provides paid internships to UMD students to apply their academic lessons to the real world of helping underserved business owners to succeed.
Project Location: College Park, MD
Amount Included: $2,250,000

Project Name: National Veteran Institute for Procurement
Applicant: Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation
Description: Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) provides technical assistance on government and industry procurement processes, networking and connections to potential customers, and opportunities for veteran-owned companies to stay connected and support each other. Funds will be used to expand VIP training classes to accommodate increased demand and allow up to 450 service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the program. 
Project Location: Rockville, MD
Amount Included: $2,000,000

Project Name: TEDCO Open Institute for Black Women Entrepreneurs
Applicant: Maryland Technology Development Corporation
Description: Funds will be used to support TEDCO's new Open Institute for Black Women Entrepreneurs, a partnership with Maryland's four HBCUs to determine these entrepreneurs' needs at the intersection of research, tech transfer, and education.
Project Location: Columbia, MD
Amount Included: $418,000

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: Bowie State University STEM Diversity in Research Opportunities Collaboration
Applicant: Bowie State University
Description: Funds will be used to increase collaboration among STEM fields at Bowie State University, including life sciences, health care, cybersecurity, information systems, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. It will advance workforce and entrepreneurial opportunities for students and faculty to commercialize research that crosses critical sectors.
Project Location: Bowie, MD
Amount Included: $1,500,000

Project Name: Building Maryland's Nursing Workforce
Applicant: Prince George's Community College
Description: In Maryland, the pandemic resulted in a shortage of 2,600 nurses and an increase in the rate of nurses leaving the field per year from 17% pre-COVID to 33%. In February of 2022, the Maryland Hospital Association stated in a news release that the "staggering workforce shortage" is limiting hospitals' "capacity to meet the needs of all Maryland residents." Prince George's County Community College will help meet the region's critical nursing workforce needs by expanding their certified nursing assistant program to their Laurel campus with the addition of a full CNA lab and providing a new and updated nursing program lab and simulation equipment on the Largo campus. The new labs and simulation equipment will expand nursing and certified nursing assistant students’ practical and clinical experience opportunities.
Project Location: Largo, MD
Amount Included: $971,000

Project Name: Data Science and Analytics Center
Applicant: Bowie State University
Description: Bowie State University’s Center for Data Science and Data Analytics Center pulls on existing university resources for research, training, and industry partnerships. Federal funding will support a collaboration among the university, government, and industry partners in research and curriculum development to improve data analytics and train an underrepresented population in this fast-growing STEM field.
Project Location: Bowie, MD
Amount Included: $638,000

Project Name: Denney House Workforce Development Program
Applicant: The Denney House Inc.
Description: TDHWorks trains individuals from underserved communities to be successful in the workplace through development of essential soft and social skills necessary to gain and maintain employment; financial literacy; college and career exploration; trade certification; and job placement. Funds will be used to expand existing programming to provide training year round.
Project Location: Clinton, MD
Amount Included: $200,000

Project Name: Melwood Neurodivergent Workforce Initiative
Applicant: Melwood Horticultural Center
Description: Melwood is an employer, advocate, and provider of services to people with disabilities. It has a heavy focus on pre-employment training as a means of driving empowerment and inclusion and bringing down the unemployment rate for people with disabilities, which remains more than double that of those without disabilities. Federal funding would help Melwood expand abilIT, a neurodiverse workforce program that provides both technical and professional development training to help people with disabilities succeed in the job market, supporting up to 80 trainees with classes to earn industry-recognized certifications. In addition to working with job seekers, Melwood will work directly with hiring organizations to ensure ongoing success for placed candidates, including management and co-worker training so that retention and growth opportunities are included in organizational plans.
Project Location: Upper Marlboro, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HISTORICAL, AND CULTURAL INITIATIVES

Project Name: Allen Pond Park
Applicant: City of Bowie
Description of Proposal: Allen Pond Park is Bowie’s largest park with a playground, turf fields, and an amphitheater. The park is a hub for middle-income residents of all ages as it provides sport fields, an entertainment venue, cultural events, and exercise space. In a 2018 study, it was reported that out of the organized recreational sports groups in Bowie, 47.5% are Bowie residents participating in field sports and the remainder are regional users, displaying how the fields in the park serve both residents and those in the region. The investments in Allen Pond Park will allow for the space to continue to serve the middle-class residents and visitors of Bowie.
Project Location: Bowie, MD
Amount Included: $1,700,000

Project Name: Pleasant View Historic Site Preservation and Restoration
Applicant: Pleasant View Historical Association
Description of Proposal: The Pleasant View Historic Site was the center of an African American Community in Montgomery County for more than 100 years, and serves as an example of how free African American communities in Maryland and across the country came together and sustained themselves after the Civil War. These funds will be used to renovate and stabilize deteriorated buildings on the site so that they can be safe to reopen to the public for tours and meetings and allow the Pleasant View Historical Association to expand existing educational partnerships with Montgomery County Schools and the University of Shady Grove.
Project Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Amount Included: $943,000

Project Name: Preservation and Repair of Historic George Washington House
Applicant: Anacostia Watershed Society
Description: Built in 1752, the George Washington House is a Georgian vernacular-style building considered a prize historic structure for the state. It is one of a constellation of historic buildings and monuments marking Bladensburg’s history as a colonial seaport and War of 1812 battle site. Over centuries, the house has served as an inn, tavern, store, headquarters for an invading army, home to America’s first balloonist, and a birthplace of the populist labor movement. It is currently used as the Anacostia Watershed Society’s headquarters. Federal funding will refurbish the house and upgrade the electrical system to accommodate 21st century office and laboratory equipment. While serving as a working space for the Anacostia Watershed Society, the house will remain available for public tours.
Project Location: Bladensburg, MD
Amount Included: $250,000

Project Name: Prince George's County Mobile Food Delivery Truck
Applicant: Human Service Coalition of Prince George's County, Inc. dba Nonprofit Prince George's County
Description of Proposal: Many residents in Prince George’s County live in food deserts where they have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods and meals. These funds will allow Nonprofit Prince George’s County to purchase a mobile food delivery truck that will expand their service delivery of free foods to vulnerable residents and those in need.
Project Location: Bowie, MD
Amount Included: $513,000

Project Name: St. Ann's Center Pathways Out of Poverty
Applicant: St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families
Description: St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families was founded in 1860 to serve orphaned and abandoned children and single women in childbirth, with doors open to people of all races and religions. It remains one of a handful of residential programs for homeless mothers and their children in Maryland, and many of the young women they serve have a history of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or other trauma. Federal funds will support "Pathways Out of Poverty,” a pioneering and innovative program that will provide holistic and intensive programming, including shelter, education, employment, social services and child care, to eight young Maryland mothers and their children who are facing homelessness or housing insecurity. With these supports, young mothers will create and aim to achieve goals that move their families towards stability and self-sufficiency.
Project Location: Hyattsville, MD
Amount Included: $200,000

Project Name: Support for Black and Brown Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Applicant: The Arc Prince George's County
Description: The Arc Prince George's County is the oldest and largest provider of disability services in the County and is a "one stop shop" for services for individuals with I/DD and their families, delivering comprehensive, person-centered support that meets the needs of individuals throughout their lifespan. The Arc of Prince George’s County serves more than 550 individuals and families on a daily basis, and reaches an additional 2,500 community members annually. Federal funds will allow The Arc to expand its individualized, comprehensive services to address a tremendous backlog of evaluations, services and education resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic using a multi-pronged approach to filling gaps in service and help youth with I/DD prepare for life after school and support adults with developmental disabilities with immediate, basic needs.
Project Location: Prince George's County, MD
Amount Included: $539,000

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Project Name: College Park Community Preservation and Housing Trust
Applicant: College Park City-University Partnership
Description of Proposal: The College Park City-University Partnership is establishing a Housing Trust program to provide affordable workforce housing and to stabilize targeted College Park neighborhoods. Today, only 6 percent of UMD faculty and staff live in College Park; many of the neighborhoods nearest the University have expensive rental properties and many potential home buyers can't access homeownership, especially in neighborhoods where home prices have soared astronomically. Federal funds will be used to purchase homes and place them into a Shared Equity Homeownership Program to support owner-occupied homeownership.
Project Location: College Park, MD
Amount Included: $2,500,000

Project Name: Low Income Housing Electrification and Indoor Air Quality Improvements
Applicant: Montgomery County Maryland
Description: Funds will be used to support the Low to Moderate Income Housing Electrification pilot program, which will replace fossil-fuel fired appliances and HVAC with more cost-effective, energy-efficient, and comfortable technologies that will reduce costs for low to moderate income tenants and building owners.
Project Location: Montgomery County, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

HEALTH CARE

Project Name: Easterseals Behavioral Health Clinic in Prince George’s County
Applicant: Easterseals Serving DC, MD, VA Inc.
Description: Easterseals operates the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Silver Spring, treating more than 700 clients with PTSD, depression, or anxiety a year, using a variety of funding sources to ensure that they never turn away an at-risk military-connected family. They plan to use federal funds to expand their services with a new Behavioral Health Clinic adjacent to the University of Maryland Health Center in Largo. The new Prince George’s County clinic will initially focus on services for children and seniors, including comprehensive case management, individual, group, and family therapy, and other supportive services. In addition to in-person care, the clinic will provide telehealth services and its therapists will travel to Easterseals’ existing Medical Adult Day Centers and Head Start programs on a regular basis.
Project Location: Largo, MD
Amount Included: $900,000

Project Name: Roberta’s House Regional Expansion for Grief and Trauma Services
Applicant: Roberta's House, Inc.
Description: Roberta's House has been meeting a need for trauma-informed, culturally-responsive grief support in the greater Baltimore area and in Prince George’s County for 15 years, addressing community violence and crime, parental incarceration, family separation and deportation, entry into the foster care system, and poverty. Currently, their Prince George’s County services are operated through a satellite location in an office complex that lacks visibility and capacity. Federal funds will be used to establish a new, more accessible location that can accommodate peer support programs and new mental health counseling services and double the average number of individuals served.
Project Location: Prince George’s County, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

PUBLIC SAFETY

Project Name: Hoops for Peace Community Violence Intervention
Applicant: Community Kinship Coalition, Inc.
Description: For over three decades, Community Kinship Coalition, Inc.'s (CKC) Annual Hoops for Peace Anti-Violence Youth Summit and Three on Three Basketball Tournament has provided advocacy, mentoring, and resources to over 4,500 youth participants. CKC partners with local universities, school systems, government agencies, and local organizations to provide peer mediation, mentoring, and tutoring in afterschool enrichment programs for students in Prince George’s County. Federal funds will support a Community Violence Intervention League to grow the basketball tournament and build non-violence campaigns in schools and communities.
Project Location: Largo, MD
Amount Included: $150,000

Project Name: Prince George's County Office of the State's Attorney Digital Discovery Capability
Applicant: Office of the State's Attorney, Prince George's County
Description: Funds will be used to streamline and organize the State’s Attorney’s Office case management system, enhancing the ability to process evidence. The new system will integrate data and digital evidence held by county and municipal law enforcement agencies and make it more accessible throughout the discovery process of trial preparation.
Project Location: Upper Marlboro, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

INFRASTRUCTURE

Project Name: Restoration of Lower Beaverdam Creek
Applicant: Prince George's County
Description: Lower Beaverdam Creek is located in the Anacostia River Watershed, a highly urbanized watershed. The restoration effort will focus on flood control and the remediation of hazardous substances. It also seeks to increase resident access to the creek for underserved neighborhoods through an education and outreach program. Federal funds will support the planning and design phase of the project.
Project Location: Prince George's County, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

 

Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland

PUBLIC SAFETY

Project Name: Emergency Communications Center Expansion
Applicant: St. Mary's County
Description: Communications Dispatchers in the Emergency Communications Division receive emergency 9-1-1 calls and dispatch the appropriate departments or agencies. They are co-located in a facility with the Emergency Operations Center, which activates during natural and manmade disasters, extreme weather conditions, and other events that require coordination of emergency responders. Federal funds will be used to expand the Department of Emergency Services building to account for additional mission requirements and capacity needs.
Project Location: Leonardtown, MD
Amount Included: $1,537,000

Project Name: Fresh START Program
Applicant: Anne Arundel County
Description: Funds will be used to expand the Fresh START program, an Anne Arundel County Police initiative to connect youth impacted by trauma, mental health, and/or substance abuse to diversion services and reduce reliance on the criminal justice system. In its first year, the Fresh START program served more than double the expected number of young people and successfully diverted over 90% of its participants.
Project Location: Millersville, MD
Amount Included: $400,000

Project Name: Officer Mental Health, Wellness and Resiliency Program
Applicant: Charles County Sheriff's Office
Description: Funds will be used to support the Officer Mental Health, Wellness and Resiliency Program to address Critical Incident Stress Management, Peer Support, Crisis Intervention, and mental health and wellness services for all agency employees, family members, and retirees.
Project Location: La Plata, MD
Amount Included: $90,000

INFRASTRUCTURE

Project Name: Annapolis City Dock Resilience and Revitalization Project
Applicant: City of Annapolis
Description: City Dock is an economic and cultural hub in Annapolis, accommodating small businesses, restaurants, boaters, tourists, and residents. It is also subject to climate change-driven flooding that can prevent access to buildings and cause damage. Federal funds will be used to support the development, design and construction of flood mitigation and resiliency infrastructure including installation of flood barriers, reduction in non-pervious areas, storm-drain improvements, storm water pump-stations, and back-up power generators.
Project Location: Annapolis, MD
Amount Included: $1,125,000

Project Name: Sidewalk Retrofit
Applicant: St. Mary's County Government
Description of Proposal: Residents in Lexington Park need safe pedestrian access on Pegg Road, which serves medium to high density homes, senior living, and a recently constructed affordable housing development. The road also carries a high volume of NAS Pax River base traffic. This project would create a continuous, safe sidewalk system for the residents in the community.
Project Location: Lexington Park, MD
Amount Included: $300,000

Project Name: WSSC Waldorf Interconnection
Applicant: Charles County, Maryland
Description: As Charles County and its municipalities grow, it is seeking alternative surface water sources. To accomplish a connection to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) system, the county is making substantial upgrades to its water infrastructure. Federal funds will support planning and engineering costs related to connecting Waldorf to the WSSC system along US 301 in Brandywine.
Project Location: Charles County, MD
Amount Included: $250,000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: Inclusive Ventures Small Business Program
Applicant: Anne Arundel County
Description: Funds will be used to expand the Inclusive Ventures Program, which assists small businesses and minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs in Anne Arundel County with education, mentorship, and access to capital. The hands-on business training, legal and accounting support, and connections to financing opportunities will help sustain and grow new companies.
Project Location: Annapolis, MD
Amount Included: $1,650,000

HEALTH CARE

Project Name: Scaling Mental Health Access for People with Disabilities
Applicant: The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
Description: The Arc Central Chesapeake Region hears frequently from people with disabilities who are seeking mental health services and having trouble finding providers equipped to serve their unique needs. In 2020, the Arc created Behavioral Health to take a holistic approach to behavioral supports, focusing on the necessary mental health counseling and clinical supports that help manage specific behaviors. The Arc uses licensed clinicians who have experience providing mental health counseling to people with disabilities in both individual and group settings. Federal funds will help grow capacity to support 125 individuals by 2025, including children.
Project Location: Severn, MD
Amount Included: $250,000

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: PEARL Lab Student Research Enhancements
Applicant: Morgan State University
Description: The Morgan State University’s PEARL Lab Student Research Enhancements project will enhance coastal research opportunities provided at the Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL Lab). Funds will help pay for the salaries of appropriate personnel, student tuition and stipends for program participation, supplies, and on-site housing costs for students. In addition, funds will also allow the PEARL Lab to continue or initiate several research initiatives, including carbon cycling, blue crab abundance, and oyster aquaculture. This program will diversify the small number of Black and African-American scholars in the coastal and ocean sciences through increased exposure to the field and support the state’s only interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that focuses on coastal issues.
Project Location: Saint Leonard, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HISTORICAL, AND CULTURAL INITIATIVES

Project Name: End Hunger Community Economic Development Project
Applicant: End Hunger in Calvert County
Description of Proposal: The End Hunger Community Economic Development Project serves individuals in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Prince George’s, and southern Anne Arundel Counties, creating a centralized location for local organizations and nonprofits to create new opportunities for residence and address the root causes of poverty. Funds will be used to renovate facilities to support the receipt and distribution of food to food pantries, schools, and businesses serving low income families. It also includes a dedicated space for a Culinary Workforce Development Program for students with disabilities.
Project Location: Huntingtown, MD
Amount Included: $1,133,000

Project Name: Exploring Cultural Linkages between Black Marylanders and Civil Rights Movements Abroad
Applicant: Sister States of Maryland, Inc.
Description: This project will partner with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to highlight and exhibit Maryland’s rich history fighting injustice around the world. The project is based on UNESCO Slave Route Project Research that identified Middle Passage ports of entry, including five ports of entry in Maryland. From those days of the slave trade to today, Marylanders like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall, Decatur Dorsey, Pauli Murray and countless others, as well as organizations like Maryland’s HBCUs, churches, and civil groups have played key roles in civil rights both here in Maryland and abroad. Funds will be used for archival research and public education to highlight the role of Black Marylanders in the global struggle against discrimination and injustice.
Project Location: Annapolis, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

Project Name: Indian Head Community Redevelopment
Applicant: Town of Indian Head
Description of Proposal: Federal funds will be utilized for the redevelopment of three vacant properties and a vacant lot. The space will be transformed into a planting garden and a raingarden with parking spaces that will help the surrounding resources such as the Indian Head Rail Trail, Riverwalk, and other community events. The sustainable revitalization efforts will assist in attracting new economic opportunities to Indian Head.
Project Location: Indian Head, MD
Amount Included: $750,000

Project Name: The Brandywine Foundation Inc. for Whitehall Rehabilitation and Revitalization Plan
Applicant: The Brandywine Foundation, Inc.
Description: Whitehall is one of America’s finest examples of Georgian colonial architecture. Built in 1764 by Horatio Sharpe, the last royal governor of Maryland, and designed by William Horatio Anderson, the architect of the Maryland State House, Whitehall includes a grand home, landscaped gardens, waterfront views, and agricultural land. By ensuring that the character of Whitehall is preserved, the Brandywine Foundation will engage its community, visitors, and the public and undertake archeological study to gain a better sense of the property’s history, including the history of slavery and indentured servitude. Federal funds will assist with site repairs.
Project Location: Annapolis, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

ENVIRONMENT

Project Name: Oyster Restoration in the St. Mary's River Shellfish Sanctuary
Applicant: St. Mary's River Watershed Association
Description: Funds will be used to purchase a research vessel and to plan and design a scientific study to determine best practices for placing oyster populations in new sanctuaries. Improving these practices will support the long-term health of oysters in the Bay and Maryland’s seafood industry.
Project Location: Lexington Park, MD
Amount Included: $185,000

 

Western Maryland 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Project Name: Allegany County Emergency Operations Center Upgrade
Applicant: Allegany County
Description: The Allegany County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) coordinates local, state, and federal response to disasters and emergencies in a building that also houses the County’s Backup Public Safety Answering Point. Federal funds will be used to improve security for the EOC and upgrade its Wi-Fi system to meet cyber security and capacity demands during activation.
Project Location: Cumberland, MD
Amount Included: $41,000

Project Name: Frederick County Crisis Stabilization Center Equipment
Applicant: Frederick County
Description: Behavioral health issues currently account for 20% of the emergency department visits to Frederick Health Hospital, but emergency rooms are rarely the most appropriate place to manage a behavioral health crisis. The Frederick County Crisis Stabilization Center is a 23-hour program that will divert people who are in crisis or under the influence of a substance away from emergency departments and into supervised care and sustainable, community-based behavioral health care. It includes a Care Traffic Control Model to ensure that first responders are able to direct patients to available providers, set up routine and urgent outpatient appointments, and track data and outcomes. The Crisis Stabilization Center will make sure that individuals in crisis receive urgent care, but also are connected to appropriate services and providers to address their needs. Federal funds will be used for medical and other needed equipment to set up the Crisis Stabilization Center.
Project Location: Frederick, MD
Amount Included: $699,000

INFRASTRUCTURE

Project Name: Advanced Water Purification System
Applicant: City of Westminster
Description: The City of Westminster needs to update its water systems to ensure a consistent supply in times of drought. Currently, the City relies on the Cranberry and Hull Creeks and groundwater wells for its water supply, but those supplies are vulnerable to drought. To address water scarcity, the City is launching PUREWater Westminster, the first water reuse facility in the State. Federal funds will support a new advanced treatment facility, which will be able to purify additional water from the Westminster Water Reclamation Facility and direct the clean water to the Cranberry Reservoir, increasing the City’s surface water capacity by 50%.
Project Location: Westminster, MD
Amount Included: $2,945,000

Project Name: River Park at Canal Place Trails and Trail Connections
Applicant: Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority (CPPDA)
Description of Proposal: In 2018 the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority created River Park, which included completing the North Branch River Trail, whitewater features, access to the river for boating and fishing, and the creation of a variety of trails and trail connections as a destination for hikers and bikers, and for use by local residents. Federal funding for the trail section of the park consists of trail design, engineering, and construction of the on-grade trail system, the wetland trail boardwalk, an overlook on the trail, a small pedestrian bridge, railing, landscaping, interpretative and wayfinding signage, and a paved parking area. The trail will also provide safe passage into the newly designed downtown Cumberland Historic District.
Project Location: Cumberland, MD
Amount Included: $6,000,000

Project Name: Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Plant Upgrades
Applicant: City of Brunswick
Description: The City of Brunswick needs to update its Wastewater and Water Treatment Plants to prevent nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended solid pollution into the Potomac River. Federal funds will cover planning and engineering to prepare the project.
Project Location: Brunswick, MD
Amount Included: $550,000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: Frederick Innovative Science Center
Applicant: Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc.
Description: The Frederick Innovative Technology Center is a non-profit business incubator and accelerator designed to cultivate entrepreneurship in Frederick and surrounding rural areas. Funds will be used to develop the Innovative Science Center, a hub for science and tech innovators with state-of-the-art lab, office, and community space customized for early-stage bioscience, agriculture technology, renewable energy, and other technology start-ups.
Project Location: Frederick, MD
Amount Included: $1,000,000

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Project Name: Asian American Center of Frederick Early Childhood Education Project
Applicant: Asian American Center of Frederick
Description: The Asian American Center of Frederick is partnering with Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer (LUNA) and Maryland Family Network to create a model Family Support Center in a historically-underserved area of Frederick. The Family Support Center will combine a parent support program with Early Head Start, offering a continuum of care from cradle to career for the families it serves. In addition to Early Head Start services, the Center will offer onsite access to mental health services and job training. Federal funds will support the Center and a training program for informal child care providers to become engaged in the formal early care and education sector, helping to expand our child care workforce.
Project Location: Frederick, MD
Amount Included: $375,000

Project Name: Establishing the Data-Driven Frederick Research Center at Hood College
Applicant: Hood College
Description: Hood College seeks to establish Data-Driven Frederick as an innovative research center in the George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business. Data-Driven Frederick will collect, aggregate, and publish regional socioeconomic indicators for the greater Frederick community and work with non-profits, governments, and businesses to analyze the data for grants, reports, or decision-making purposes. Students at Hood will serve as researchers and develop sought-after expertise in research methodology, data analytics, and project management. Federal funds will help launch the program and enable research teams of faculty and students to begin to assemble research analyses and data reports for local partners.
Project Location: Frederick, MD
Amount Included: $390,000

Project Name: Frostburg Childcare Center
Applicant: City of Frostburg
Description: Funds will be used to construct the Frostburg Childcare Center within the Frostburg Community Park area. This new space will allow for the city’s first childcare center serving children of all ages, supporting low-income families with children ages 0-3, and offering a Summer Day Camp.
Project Location: City of Frostburg and surrounding communities in Allegany County, MD
Amount Included: $444,000

Project Name: Frostburg State University Regional Science Education Center
Applicant: Frostburg State University
Description: Funds will be used to complete a Regional Science Education Center to provide hands-on space exploration simulations, robotics, and coding programs for primarily middle-school aged children in Allegany County and neighboring school systems. The Center will also display artifacts and personal photographs from space missions conducted by Ricky Arnold, a NASA astronaut and alumni of Frostburg State University. The Center will provide a unique opportunity for students to experience STEM learning and provide an early look at STEM careers.
Project Location: Frostburg, MD
Amount Included: $750,000

Project Name: Hood College Biomedical Research and Training Center
Applicant: Hood College
Description: Building on their strength and growth in the sciences, as well as their partnerships with regional industry, Hood College plans to establish a Biomedical Research and Training Center. In addition to providing STEM training opportunities for Hood College students across a variety of majors and disciplines, the Center will serve students from other regional schools as well as the employees of regional companies. Programming will include weekend or week-long workshops; bridge courses to prepare graduate students for advanced research; and programming focused on the development of specific high-demand skills defined by our industry partners. It will also foster apprenticeships and student internships with regional industry partners. Federal funds will be used to stand up the Center, including technology and supplies for office and lab spaces, curriculum development, research, student and faculty stipends, and training services.
Project Location: Frederick, MD
Amount Included: $610,000

Project Name: Teacher Residency Program
Applicant: Frostburg State University
Description: Frostburg State University’s Maryland Accelerates Program is a teacher-residency program that provides a living stipend for students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program and pairs them with mentor teachers at participating local schools so they can serve full time for a school year as a Teacher Resident and earn their Masters in Teaching on an accelerated schedule. This program allows future teachers to develop relationships in the community and encourages retention of teachers in the area, while also supporting staffing needs at the schools during their residency [?]. Since its launch in 2019, 23 students have been enrolled in two cohorts, and a third cohort expanded the program range to include Washington County Public Schools. Federal funds will expand the program for additional cohorts and allow Frostburg State University to engage with other school systems for Teacher Resident placement.
Project Location: Frederick, MD
Amount Included: $500,000

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HISTORICAL, AND CULTURAL INITIATIVES

Project Name: Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. for Historic Catoctin Furnace Ironworker House
Applicant: Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
Description: In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as many as 80 homes existed to house workers at the Catoctin Furnace, an industrial iron making complex that began operating in 1776 with a workforce composed primarily of enslaved Africans. Today, only 10 homes remain – 6 log and 4 stone, and in 1972, the structures were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Federal funds will support the restoration of one of these homes, Miller House, which retains much of its historic fabric beneath modern surfaces. The repair and restoration will include the “Heritage at Work” program at Catoctin Furnace, where students learn the craft of historic preservation and heritage trades. After the house is restored, the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society will house “Furnace Fellows,” an annual residential program providing training and mentoring in heritage tourism, museum management, and hands-on historic preservation. The project will include consultation and participation from descendants of European American workers who still live and work in some of the homes and the African American community whose history has been physically absent from the landscape for the last century.
Project Location: Thurmont, MD
Amount Included: $400,000

Project Name: Doleman Black Heritage Museum
Applicant: Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Inc.
Description of Proposal: Federal funds will support Phase 1 Pre-construction activities that will allow the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Inc. to renovate an existing building that has been vacant for nearly 30 years and will serve as its future home. Upon completion, the museum will better display the Museum's extensive collections and include a multimedia studio that will allow residents and students to gain exposure to media production.
Project Location: Hagerstown, MD
Amount Included: $563,000

Project Name: Great Allegheny Passage Spur: The Evergreen Trail
Applicant: Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation, Inc.
Description of Proposal: Federal funds will establish a 5 ½ mile Great Allegany Passage (GAP) spur that would enable hikers to explore the 131-acre Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) as the GAP crosses through the EHC. The Evergreen Trail project will establish a pre-defined 4 ½ mile hiking trail that will connect the GAP to the existing mile long Evergreen Coal Trail which historically transported coal from deep hillside mines to the railroad. The resulting 5 ½ mile natural surface Evergreen Trail will make it possible for hikers and local students to discover dozens of features and exhibits of historical and environmental interest, all accessible from both the GAP and adjacent Western Maryland Scenic Railway.
Project Location: Mount Savage, MD
Amount Included: $250,000

Project Name: Midland Maryland Town Hall
Applicant: Town of Midland
Description: Funds will be used to construct a new ADA compliant Town Hall to replace the current aging and outgrown structure that dates back to the town’s founding in 1900. The building will be equipped with broadband, Wi-Fi, and workstations, as well as a multipurpose room for community activities.
Project Location: Midland, MD
Amount Included: $375,000

FY23 COMMUNITY FUNDING PROJECT REQUESTS