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Community Service Partnerships


Howard County, through its Department of Citizen Services, offers grants to nonprofit organizations providing critical human services in the county. To be eligible for funding, an agency must:

  • Be a 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) nonprofit,
  • Serve the residents of Howard County (if the agency serves a larger geographic area, funding may only be requested for those services that are offered within Howard County), and
  • Make their services available to eligible residents in conformance with federal, state, and local housing and human rights law.



Request for Applications:    

On December 1, 2015, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services (DCS) will release the Request for Applications (RFA)  for FY17 Community Service Partnership (CSP) Operating and One-time Grants.

Application Forms:    

FY17 Application forms will be available here on December 7, 2015.

Application Due Date:     

FY17 CSP Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on January 29, 2016. 

Pre-Application Information Sessions:

All applicants MUST attend one of the following Pre-Application Information Sessions in Room 401 of the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046:

  • Wednesday, December 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

For More Information: 

Contact Megan Godfrey Jackson, CSP Grant Manager at 410-313-5996 (voice/relay) or email mgodfrey@howardcountymd.gov with questions, or to request this information in an alternate format.   





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The Department of Citizen Services (DCS) is the lead agency responsible for planning and coordinating homeless services in Howard County. DCS administers the Federal and State grants which fund services to end and prevent homelessness. A continuum of services is available, including:

  • Outreach, assessment, and prevention
  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing
  • Permanent housing with supportive services
  • Permanent housing
  • Supportive services

FFY2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Application & Project Applications

On September 17, 2015 HUD released the FY2015 Continuum of Care Application. On Tuesday September 22, 2015, an email was released to the Continuum of Care, calling for applications for this competition.  FFY2015 Email Release for CoC App - 9.2015
There are two main components of this application; both are due in the federal reporting site, e-snaps on November 20, 2015, 7:59 PM. The first component is the FFY2015 Collaborative Application (previously named Exhibit 1). This includes questions about the CoC’s governance, structure, community and client engagement, documented partnerships, local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and overall ability to commit to ending homelessness in line with the federal plan, Opening Doors.
The second component is the FFY2015 Project Applications (previously named Exhibit 2’s). The local Howard County internal deadline for all Renewal Project Applications is 5 p.m. on October 20, 2015 to the Department of Citizen Services. All Applications (renewals and bonus) must be submitted in e-snaps.  If your agency is interested in applying for any available Bonus Project Applications for Permanent Supportive Housing or Rapid Rehousing, please contact Michelle Hippert, at information listed below. 

HUD has released a variety of guides and instruction manuals to assist agencies submitting Project Applications – both new and Renewals.  Those guides and manuals can be found here, under the “CoC Program Competition – Project Applicants”: https://www.hudexchange.info/e-snaps/guides/coc-program-competition-resources/  

The Evaluation and Resource Allocation (ERA) Committee of the Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency will review and rank the FFY2015 Project Applications, in accordance with the FFY2015 NOFA, and all agencies submitting Renewal Project Applications, and any Bonus Project Applications will be notified no later than 15 days prior to HUD’s submission deadline of November 20, 2015 7:59 PM.  To review the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the guiding regulations for the program, please see the following resources:

If you require immediate assistance, please contact Grassroots Crisis Intervention 24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: 410-531-6677 (voice/relay).