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Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI)


CHAI will be holding three BRNI Information Sessions for FY24 BRNI capital funding (see dates below). These sessions are mandatory for nonprofit organizations that intend to apply for FY24 BRNI capital funding through the Northwest Baltimore Partnership. Please also note that if you are invited to apply, you must be able to attend a mandatory BRNI grant training session in May.

In order to apply for FY24 BRNI funding your project must:

  • Be shovel-ready (except for predevelopment funding requests)

  • Be requesting capital funding only

  • Have secured the majority of funding needed prior to applying

  • Have cash on hand to cover expenses (BRNI only reimburses expenses)

  • Be Aligned with the NWBP Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

  • Meet State Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD eligibility criteria

  • Have secured appropriate permits or permission to access the project location

  • Be able to spend down 50% of the funding in one year from the date of award and 100% in two years

  • Be open and accessible to the public, (Can it align with the revitalization plan if it’s not open and accessible?)

  • Have documented evidence of community support


Nonprofits that do not have a project that meets the criteria above but would like to learn about BRNI for future rounds of funding are welcome to attend.


Registration is required. Please email Larry Schugam at to register.

Information Session I (In-person and on Zoom)

Monday, February 20, 2023, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 941 0360 8961
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Information Session II (In-person and on Zoom)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Towanda Recreation Center, 4100 Towanda Ave.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 990 2057 8069
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Information Session III (In-person and on Zoom)

Friday, February 24, 2023, 9:00AM-10:30AM

CHAI, 5809 Park Heights Ave.

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Meeting ID: 972 1086 4254
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About BRNI

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: 

NWBP has brought nearly $2 million in capital investment to northwest Baltimore neighborhoods over the past three years through the BRNI program.

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

Information about NWBP


NWBP Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

General BRNI Information: BRNI Webpage

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