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Author:Hope Stewart

Jul 24 2020

A new low-interest loan program is available to small businesses throughout Maryland that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits are not eligible for these funds, but since many of our partners and supporters are for-profit enterprises, we wanted to make you aware of this opportunity. MSBDFA Program-COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund: Governor Larry Hogan has designated $5 million to Maryland Commerce’s MSBDFA – or the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority – which promotes the viability and expansion of businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. The new MSBDFA Program - COVID-19 Emergency Relief LoanFund...

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Jul 23 2020

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering up to $40 million of the Governor’s $50 million Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI). The remaining nonprofit funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. Of the $40 million being administered by DHCD, up to $30 million will be for nonprofits whose mission and work is focused on the economic development and economic recovery of Maryland communities as well as those nonprofits that focus on the health and human services and housing of underserved Maryland populations. Applicants from heritage organizations...

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Jul 22 2020

Did you know? The Paycheck Protection Program has resumed accepting applications. Most small businesses and nonprofits are eligible to apply. The new deadline for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Today! PPP Application Webinar Need help with your PPP application? Join the free PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Step-by-Step Live NFIB Webinar on Wednesday, July 22 at 12:00 pm. NFIB’s PPP experts will walk you through a live line-by-line demonstration on filling out the PPP loan forgiveness application followed by Q&A. The webinar will cover how to fill out Form 3508EZ, how...

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Jul 21 2020

For any of our partners still in need of funding for PPE or other equipment or services to help your organization pivot from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anne Arundel Small Business Customer and Employee Protection (CEP) Grant Program application deadline is this Friday, July 24. Nonprofits are eligible to apply. Since the program’s launch on June 3 through July 16, AAEDC has awarded about $4.4 million to 706 businesses. About the CEP Grant Program The Small Business Customer & Employee Protection Grant Program (CEP) aims to help Anne Arundel County small businesses...

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Jul 20 2020

With sites beginning to open again to the public, there are new opportunities for you to get to know our local heritage partners. Here are some taking place in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this week, both in-person and online.  Click the event title for links to each event's page. Virtual Workshop: Land Conservation 101 for Landowners Date: Thursday, July 23 Time: 2:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Scenic Rivers Land Trust Have you thought about conserving your land, but aren’t quite sure what that entails? Anne Arundel County landowners are invited to...

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Jul 17 2020

Some of our heritage sites are open again! Last week, we highlighted a few of our partners ready to welcome you. Below are some additional reopenings and events taking place in our area this weekend. Reopenings Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (26 West Street, Annapolis) has reopened. Area residents and visitors in search of information about Annapolis and Anne Arundel County can count on personalized service from trained volunteers once again. A maximum of eleven visitors will be allowed in the Visitors Center at one time. VAAAC plans to open the...

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Jul 16 2020

Did you know the Four River Heritage Area offers sponsorships? Every year we have a limited amount of funding available each fiscal year that may be used towards the sponsorship of events or collaborative initiatives planned by one or more stakeholders. We look for new ideas that foster creative collaborations among multiple heritage-related organizations to build partnerships for the benefit of our local community. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, for an event or initiative taking place within the geographic boundaries of our heritage area. Application If your program meets our criteria...

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Jul 15 2020

Governor Hogan is allocating $50 million to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) to assist nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and state-of-emergency. ​ The funding will be administered through four funding applications administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) or the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce). Applicants will choose ONE of the FOUR application pathways as outlined below. Click on each department's name for further information. Maryland Department of Commerce Up to $8 million will be administered via Commerce to nonprofits that have already...

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Jul 14 2020

The Hogan administration recently announced that 114 matching grants totaling $5.1 million were awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These FY21 funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland. Organizations receiving awards include museums, parks, educational organizations, and other entities that steward and celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources located within Maryland’s Heritage Areas. Grantees in the Four Rivers Heritage Area include: Capital Grant to Annapolis Maritime...

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Jul 13 2020

Maryland State Arts Council recently announced two grant opportunities as part of its Public Art Across Maryland Program. Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) grants are community grants awarded to Maryland organizations or local governments to support the planning and/or implementation of a public art project. PAAM continues to fund New Artworks and this year launches funding to support Conservation of public art. New Artworks New Artworks provides two types of support to Maryland independent artists, non-profit organizations, and or local government: The New Artworks Planning Grant awards of up to $5,000 to support the...

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