BGE accepting applications from nonprofits for Emergency Response and Safety Grant program

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BGE is accepting grant applications from emergency response and public safety nonprofit organizations.

Now in its eight year, the Emergency Response and Safety Grants program provides grants of up to $10,000 to eligible 501c3 organizations in BGE’s service area.

This year’s round of grants is especially significant as Marylanders continue to feel the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, BGE officials said.

“The economic need for our community during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis continues to increase, making these grants more important than ever before,” officials said in a statement. “First responders are our customers and our neighbors, and they risk their lives every day, particularly during the current pandemic. BGE is grateful for their service and honored to support them in their selfless mission.”

BGE has provided nearly $2.8 million to 463 emergency response projects and programs to date, including more than $300,000 presented to last year’s 48 grant recipients.

In Baltimore City, the 2020 grantees and how they used the money included the American Red Cross of Central Maryland, which used its grant for disaster relief; the Maryland Sheriffs Institute, which used the money for Single Officer Response to an Active Threat (SORAT) Training; the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which used the money for smoke alarms as part of a Baltimore City Fire Department initiative; Shomrim of Baltimore Inc., which used its grant to fund Emergency Response Patrols; and William S. Baer School, which used the money for emergency support kits.

Of the 65 organizations who received grants in 2019, four were Baltimore City organizations. They included the Franciscan Center, which used the money for camera safety; Loyola University in Maryland, which used its grant for a radio sustainability program; Patterson Park Public Charter, which used the funds for an emergency preparedness security door; and the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, which used its grant for egress and fire escape stairs.

Organizations can apply to the grant program online through Jan. 15.

Grants range from $500 to $10,000, including up to $2,000 for small, local size organizations focused on one community or up to $10,000 for mid to large organizations working across multiple communities.

Grants may be awarded for new and existing programs in response to urgent community needs.

When applying, organizations must provide a project budget for how they will spend the grant. BGE will not accept applications to use grants for basic operating expenses.

Organizations that are awarded a grant must submit a brief report detailing what they spent the grant on within eight months of receiving the funds.

BGE will notify applicants about the status of their application in February, and checks will be processed in March.

Marcus Dieterle


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