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Helping Downtown Businesses

Grant Programs

Through grants focused on technology and retail investment in the Downtown Management Authority (DMA), we support site selection and provide brokerage help for businesses looking to invest and expand in Downtown. Scroll down to learn more about Downtown Partnerships current grant programs.

Helping Your Business Succeed

Grants for Downtown Businesses

The list below represents a variety of grant programs available for Baltimore-based businesses. Some of these grant programs are internal and managed by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Some of them are external, and our goal in including them is to help businesses get connected to as many viable funding opportunities as possible. The internal vs. external distinction is noted below.

DPOB Grant Program

Facade Improvement Program

DPOB administers a Facade Improvement Grant that aims to encourage and and assist property and business owners to restore existing storefronts in Downtown Baltimore. The Facade Program covers 50% of eligible costs up to $10,000 on properties within the Downtown Management Authority.

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DPOB Grant Program

TechConnect

Downtown Partnership’s TechConnect initiative offers grants of up to $10,000 to technology companies leasing commercial space within the Downtown Management Authority boundaries. See if your company qualifies and apply today.

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DPOB Grant Program

Operation Storefront

Up to $10K in grant support for small businesses in need of assistance who are also located within the Downtown Management Authority boundaries.

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DPOB Grant Program

Downtown BOOST Program

Presented by Fearless, this program provides up to $50K in grant and business development support to Black-owned businesses looking to expand in or move to Downtown Baltimore.

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External Grant Program

BGE's Energizing Small Business Grant

In 2021, BGE awarded 176 small business with $20,000 grants through its Energizing Small Business Grants program. This grant program is part of BGE’s $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery and is a multi-year commitment expected to run through at least 2023. Applications are now open for Round 1 of the grant program for 2022. Applicants must be an existing BGE electric and/or gas customer with positive BGE credit history and other requirements can be found by clicking the link below.

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External Grant Program

The Baltimore BASE Network's Economic Recovery Fund

The Baltimore BASE (Business Assistance and Support for Equity) Network is a partnership between the Baltimore Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development that is committed to helping Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) owned small businesses located in Baltimore City access pandemic-related recovery assistance. The Network's Economic Recovery Fund will provide grants and technical assistance to small businesses with the goals of helping businesses recover, stabilize, and grow.

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External Grant Program

Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant (ARG)

Applications are now open for the Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant Award (ARG), administered by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) on behalf of the city, to support Individual Artists impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Something For Everyone

Small businesses, including restaurants and retail establishments, are encouraged to apply for DPOB's grant programs.

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Community Development Grant Programs

Click the link below to learn more about how Downtown Partnership utilizes Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development grant programs to address blight and better serve the Downtown community.

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