Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative

The Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI), a program of the MD Department of Housing and Community Development, supports communities in Baltimore City and County through strategic investment in local housing and small businesses.


The program attempts to focus on areas where modest investment and a coordinated strategy will have an appreciable neighborhood revitalization impact. Learn more about BRNI at: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/BRNI.aspx 

NWBP has brought nearly $2 million in capital investment to northwest Baltimore neighborhoods over the past three years through the BRNI program. NWBP succeeded in securing funding in 2021 for the following projects:


  • @ The House, Inc. Social Settlement House 

  • Belvedere Place

  • CHAI/Sinai HUBS

  • Cold Spring Lane

  • East Wabash Metro LaneScape Project 

  • Pimlico Market Café

Each Spring, Northwest Baltimore Partnership (NWBP) invites nonprofits in NW Baltimore to submit proposals for capital funding to support community development projects through the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI).


NWBP facilitates this process covering communities located between Park Circle in Baltimore City and Pikesville in Baltimore County (see NWBP map) for funding consideration by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development as part of their yearly funding cycle. 

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI) serves as the fiscal sponsor for BRNI grant applications submitted under the Northwest Baltimore Partnership. CHAI manages the application process, provides support for applicants, and administers awarded grants.


Awards range from $25,000 to $500,000. Note, however, that DHCD has a limited pool of funds each year, and partnerships are encouraged to set a cap on the aggregate request.

Past BRNI Awards

For information about applying for BRNI funding click:

NWBP Invitation for FY22 BRNI Project Summaries

Nonprofit organizations should e-mail the following form to lschugam@chaibaltimore.org by March 31, 2021:

Information about NWBP

NWBP Map

NWBP Strategic Revitalization Plan

General BRNI Information: BRNI Webpage