APPLICATION

SMALL BUSINESSES

Please describe your organization’s expertise in its work. (max 500 words)

Only small businesses located in and serving Baltimore City are eligible to apply for funding. What Baltimore City neighborhood is your business located in and what neighborhoods do you serve?

​You do not need to be certified as a small business to apply. However, you must meet the small business standards as outlined by the State of Maryland. Please upload documents that prove the following:

 

 

  • Business Size: Annual revenues must not exceed the SBA Size Standard with an overall cap of $23.98 million, averaged over three years (for Professional Services, it is half of the SBA Size Standard, averaged over three years).

  • Time in Business: You must have actively been in business for six months.

  • Personal Net Worth: 51% of your company ownership must be under the Personal Net Worth standard of less than $1.32 million (this amount excludes a primary residence and ownership interest in the company).

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If your small business meets the minority- and/or women-owned business (MWB/E) standards as outlined by the State of Maryland, please upload documentation that proves the following:

 

  • At least 51% of the company ownership are members of economically and socially disadvantaged groups (Women, Hispanic, Asian, Black, Native American).

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If you are applying in partnership with another organization(s), please list them below:

NARRATIVE QUESTIONS

Please describe the work of your organization or proposed project and how it contributes to the city’s goal to reduce commercial food waste in Baltimore by 50 percent by 2030 (an action in the 2019 Sustainability Plan), and/or to reduce residential food waste by 80 percent by 2040 (as laid out in Baltimore City’s Food Waste and Recovery Strategy). Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Starting or expanding food waste prevention efforts, including food waste awareness and education.

  • Maintaining, expanding, or improving food rescue operations or capacity. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Expanding donation of nutritious foods;

    • Making rescued foods more accessible in the most underserved neighborhoods and/or to people with disabilities.

  • Expanding or improving existing composting operations to increase or improve their capacity to process food scraps.

  • Establishing a community composting location to increase access to composting services.

  • Developing or creating a composting training program for city residents.

  • Using food waste prevention, food rescue, or food scrap recycling to invest in your community, create jobs, or otherwise address root causes around food insecurity issues.

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Please describe how your organization defines impact and how your work is tied to achieving that impact. (max 500 words)

Please describe how your funding request will close operational funding gaps or address project-funding needs. (max 500 words)

Please describe how your work actively addresses racial and economic inequity in Baltimore City. (max 500 words)

Please describe how client and community voices and perspectives are involved in operating and refining the work of your organization. (max 500 words)

If applicable, please describe how your organization measures your performance metrics related to food waste prevention/food rescue/food scrap recycling. Please note that your current ability or efforts to track and collect data will not impact your chance of receiving funds.  (max 500 words)

Please describe how you will define success for this scope of work and what key performance indicators (KPIs) you will use to track your progress.

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Upload a proposed budget for this scope of work. A scope of work budget is a line-item budget detailing how funds will be spent to achieve your proposed contract deliverables.

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