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Program Open Space (POS)

Program Open Space (POS) is a nationally recognized program providing dedicated funds for Maryland’s state and local parks and conservation areas. Established under the Department of Natural Resources in 1969, POS symbolizes Maryland’s long term commitment to conserving our natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for our citizens.

Almost all of the land purchased by the DNR in Maryland in the last 37 years was funded at least in part through POS. Today there are more than 5,000 individual county and municipal parks and conservation areas that exist because of the program.

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States.The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

Community Legacy Program

The Community Legacy Program provides funding for local economic development activities that stimulate reinvestment and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Maryland. Community Legacy also provides local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

Funding, in the form of grants and loans, is available for projects located in Priority Funding Area and is meant to compliment and supplement other State funding programs. As part of a competitive application process, communities are required to have and/or develop a comprehensive revitalization plan that specifically identifies projects meant to revitalize blighted areas.

Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

EDI provides grants to local governments to enhance both the security of loans guaranteed through the Section 108 Loan Program and the feasibility of the economic development and revitalization projects they finance.

EDI has been the catalyst in the expanded use of loans through the Section 108 Program, one of the most potent public investment tools that HUD offers to local governments. Because Section 108 loans represent a potential risk to local governments’ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocations which governments pledge against potential repayment shortfalls, the EDI program offers communities a way to decrease the level of risk to their CDBG funds. HUD’s Economic Development Initiative helps local governments manage and reduce this risk in at least two different ways. A local government may use an EDI grant to provide additional security for the Section 108 loan (as a loan-loss reserve or debt-service, for example), thereby reducing the exposure of its CDBG funds in the event of a default in loans made locally with the 108 funds. Or it may use this flexible grant to simply make the project more feasible by paying some of the project costs with grant funds or by reducing the interest rate to be paid from a revolving loan fund. Increasing access to capital for entrepreneurs and small business has emerged as a key component of the job growth strategy powered by the EDI grant program.


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