Nonprofit Relief Grant Program

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The Program 

Harford County will administer the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, which will provide grants to eligible Harford County nonprofit organizations to offset the adverse economic impacts resulting from COVID. The funds are provided by the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development through the Maryland Recovery Now program. The total grant award amount will be determined by the final number of program applicants.

Applicants should thoroughly review the eligibility and application process below and read the Frequently Asked Questions as applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority funding will be given to
eligible nonprofits who have not received financial support for expenses occurred between March 2020 and December 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Harford County is committed to timely review and processing to ensure award recipients can apply this resource to the successful continuation of operations. 

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Grant Terms  
Harford County will provide a grant award to an eligible Harford County nonprofit organization to offset adverse economic impacts. 

Use of Funds 

Funds are to be used for expenses related to COVID-19 between March 2020 and December 2021, as long as those expenses have not been supported by other COVID relief funding. For example:

  • Working capital, such as rent, payroll, and job training
  • Other operating costs used for the purpose of fulfilling the mission of the organization
Funds may NOT be used for:
  • Activities that promote a religious doctrine
  • Payment of debts or legal settlements
  • Political or partisan purposes
  • Funding to schools and/or public agencies that would supplant tax-supported mandated services

To qualify, a nonprofit: 

  • Must maintain a physical location/address in Harford County (PO Boxes are NOT acceptable); 
  • Must have suffered adverse economic impacts from COVID and maintain documentation to verify these impacts;
  • Must be in good standing with Harford County Government and the State of Maryland, and registered with the state; and
  • May not currently be in default on any loans from Harford County or delinquent on any taxes, fees, or other charges owed to Harford County. 

Required Supporting Documentation 
ALL FORMS ARE FILLABLE – Please download and type directly into the fillable fields before printing out for your legal INKED signature. Applicant must submit the documents provided – no substitutes allowed.

  • Fully-completed (typed) application (handwritten applications will not be accepted EXCEPT where a legal inked signature is required);
  • Form 990 from 2019 tax filing or other official documentation verifying IRS Nonprofit designation;
  • Completed W9 form;  
  • Completed Direct Deposit Form. The Direct Deposit Form is also known as the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Form.

Please note: The subject line of your email submission must contain your business name. 

To Apply
Submit COMPLETE AND ACCURATE application to with your organization name as the subject line. It is imperative that all applicants ensure the accuracy of their legal name and address when completing and signing their application, W9, and Direct Deposit/EFT forms.

Ways Your Application Can Fail

  • Failure to submit a complete and accurate application
  • Failure to submit application corrections before the deadline
  • Application is handwritten, i.e. not electronic and typed except where legal inked signatures are required
  • Application is attempted before April 28 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Application email does not have your organization name as its subject line

DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS MORE THAN ONCE – Applicants will receive an email confirming their submission. 

Applicants will receive email notifications confirming receipt of their application. If an incomplete application is received, the applicant will be notified of the issue and asked to resubmit. However, the applicant’s place in the queue will not be saved. 
If you need assistance with assessing your eligibility or compiling the needed documents for your application, we advise that you first consult with your financial or legal advisers. 


COVID Application