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As Maryland's Department of Emergency Management, part of our ro​le is to help connect our state's communities, businesses, organizations, and agencies with funding to help them with the work of preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from crises.

What types of funding are available?

MDEM and its partners can connect Marylanders with funding from a variety of sources, depending on their specific situation, needs, and goals. The most common are:

Grants -This is money that does not have to be paid back.

Grant programs are typically designed to provide applicants with funding to perform some task (e.g., flood risk reduction, enhancing cybersecurity) that's important to the grantor. The money doesn't have to be repaid, but is in limited supply, so these programs are typically competitive - you'll likely need to submit a competitive application, and if you win, follow specific rules on how the money is used.

Loans -This is money that must eventually be paid back.

The loan programs MDEM works with tend to be similar to loans you might take out in your daily life: A sum of money is provided to help fund a project that would have been otherwise out of reach, and must be paid back in installments over time, often with interest. Many of our emergency management-related loan programs come with special benefits (e.g., government backing, lower-than-normal interest rates) to help make them accessible and afforable for communities who need help getting a project off the ground.

Emergency Assistance -This money is only available after a disaster of significant scale.

Certain programs, like FEMA's Public Asssistance and Individual Assistance, make their funds available only after a large-scale emergency has happened, enough damage has occurred, or a Presidential disaster declaration is issued. These tend to be focused on providing money and/or other resources to help disaster survivors get back on their feet, but who's eligible, what the benefits are, what the process to apply is, and other details are unique to each program. 



Lt. Governor Aruna Miller announces recipients of 2023 NSGP funding alongside a group of religious leaders and state officials.  

Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Provides grant funds to help enhance the security of nonprofit organizations at high risk of attack.  

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Resilient MD Revolving Loan Fund

Low-interest loans available to help communities fund projects that reduce the damage they'll take from a disaster.

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Use our Funding Source Sorting Tool (powered by Jotform) below to explore all the ways we can help your organization get the money it needs to stay one step ahead of disasters!

Available Funding Sources