Mayor Young Announces Latest Round of COVID-19 AssistanceWith focus on meeting the needs of Baltimore’s families, city provides $4 Million package to help keep child care providers’ doors open; also provides $5 Million to support Baltimore City nonprofits
BALTIMORE, Md. – September 30, 2020 – Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced $4 million in assistance for Baltimore City child care providers and $5 million in support for city nonprofits today, as part of a larger, COVID-19 relief package.
Baltimore City historically has struggled to meet families’ child care needs. According to a November 2019 analysis by the city’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, only 48% of children under the age of 5 had access to regulated early care and only 12% of infants under the age of 2 had access to regulated care. The pandemic has exacerbated that struggle. According to a survey of child care providers by the Maryland Family Network in May, two months into the pandemic, 51% of the state’s providers faced permanent closure due to the COVID-19-driven decline in enrollment. This dedicated child care assistance package is designed to help keep the doors of Baltimore’s child care centers open.
“Child care centers hold an often overlooked but pivotal role in our local economy, and as we move to re-open the economy, support to ensure their operations is vital,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “With the absolute requirement for social distancing, child care center revenues have declined since they are tied to how many children are in their care, and in most instances, they already operated on thin profit margins.”
The city will provide that direct support through grants to licensed family- and center-based providers in Baltimore City: up to $20,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $5,000 for registered family child care homes to support costs including virtual learning expenses, personal protection equipment (PPE), payroll, supplies, rent, fixed debt payments and other business-critical cash operating costs. Our key partner in this work, Family League of Baltimore, will process grant applications. The application window is October 1, 2020, through November 12, 2020, and applicants will need to complete an online application and provide a copy of their Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) License and evidence of good standing. For details about the Child Care COVID-19 Stability Fund, visit familyleague.org/stabilizechildcare.
Baltimore City also reaffirmed its commitment to the many nonprofit organizations that support the communities and residents of this great city. Mayor Young announced the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund. This one-time $5 million fund aims to help nonprofits hardest hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be disbursed by the Baltimore Civic Fund using federal CARES Act dollars. The Baltimore Non-Profit Relief Fund will provide up to $75,000 per nonprofit for necessary expenses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19. Expenses may include technology and associated hardware/software to accommodate remote work, personal protective equipment, accommodations to meet social distance guidelines, and new programming stemming from COVID-19 impacts. Expenses must have been incurred between March 27, 2020, and December 30, 2020, and were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved by the organization. Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Funds cannot be spent on future expenses. Expenses may not include salaries, back pay, costs not incurred due to COVID–19, and costs originally budgeted for the organization before March 27, 2020.
“As we begin to focus on rebuilding our city and our economy we cannot forget about the many nonprofits in our city that do great worthwhile work in our communities,” Mayor Young said. “Nonprofits play a critical role in supporting our residents with direct services and we are committed to ensuring their resiliency and sustainability during these unprecedented times.”
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