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Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI)

BRNI FY25 Application Process

Northwest Baltimore Partnership (NWBP) is inviting nonprofits to submit project summaries for capital funding through the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI).  A completed Project Summary Form (see link below) must be sent to by March 4, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Links to the slide deck from the information session and the NWBP Strategic Neighborhood Revitalization Plan are also below.
If you are interested in applying and did not attend one of the mandatory information sessions, please contact Larry Schugam IMMEDIATELY at to discuss your project. 


BRNI Materials


As a reminder, in order to apply for FY25 BRNI funding your project must:

  • Be a community development project in the NWBP footprint, which includes communities located between Park Circle in Baltimore City and Pikesville in the County

  • 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 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

  • Have documented evidence of community support

Nonprofits that have a project that does not meet these the criteria are welcome to contact us to discuss applying next year.
For more information visit: or contact Larry Schugam at 

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 focuses on areas where modest investment and a coordinated strategy will have an appreciable neighborhood revitalization impact. Learn more about BRNI at: 

NWBP has brought over $4 million in capital investment to northwest Baltimore neighborhoods over the past six years through the BRNI program.

Each year, 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 typically 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.

NWBP Strategic Neghborhood Revitalization Plan

Community Development Organizations with an approved strategic neighborhood revitalization plan may apply for Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funding for projects located in Sustainable Community Areas in Baltimore City and inner beltway of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.

Download the NWBP Strategic Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

Past BRNI Awards

NWBP Catchment Area

NWBP serves a region of Northwest Baltimore from Park Circle to Pikesville.

View the NWBP Map

General BRNI Information: BRNI Webpage

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