Impact of the Trump Budget on Nonprofits in Maryland

March 24, 2017

We’ve read through the Trump Budget with an eye for programs that fund nonprofit organizations, and the list of cuts is pretty devastating. Members, please review and let us know in the Member Portal if your programs are funded through any of these sources, and what the impact of cuts would be. (If you’re not a member but would like to contribute a story, please send us an email). We will continue to expand this blog and analysis and share it with elected officials, using your stories to help build public support for critical investments in our communities.



Opioid Treatment: $500m increase nationally to support prevention of opioid use and treatment and recovery services. This would likely lead to increased funding opportunities for substance use treatment providers.

Public Health: $500m increase in state block grant to “Increase state flexibility to address leading public health challenges.” This could lead to funding opportunities for nonprofit health providers.

Lead-abatement: $20m increase for lead-safe homes in low-income neighborhoods.


Community Services Block Grant Program eliminated (together with energy assistance, $4.2b cut): This program supports nonprofit Community Action Agencies and many other nonprofit programs designed to essen poverty in communities, address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly, and provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and health.

Community Development Block Grant eliminated ($3b): CDBG priorities are set at the county level in Maryland. A wide range of nonprofit programs are supported by CDBG such as housing rehabilitation, homeownership counseling and education, accessibility for people with disabilities and more.

Chesapeake Bay Program eliminated: Provides grants for water quality programs, affecting many clean water and watershed organizations across the state.

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation eliminated.

Capacity Building for Community Development: $35m eliminated.

National Heritage Areas funding eliminated: Nonprofits in Maryland rely on National Heritage Area funding for critical historical and recreational sites like the B&O Trail, Anacostia Heritage Area and more.

Senior Community Service Employment Program eliminated ($434m).

Community Development Financial Institutions eliminated ($210m) that extend credit and provide financial services to underserved communities.

National Endowment for Humanities eliminated: NEH funds educational programs, summer programs, media development, youth programs and more.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program eliminated: Nonprofits in Maryland receive grants to provide emergency funding to families in need and energy efficiency education.

National Endowment for Arts eliminated: NEA provides a wide range of grants to nonprofits in the arts.

21st Century Community Learning Centers eliminated: Taking away federal funds for after-school programs and summer programs. Combined with the elimination of the Food for Education Program which many summer and after-school programs rely on, these cuts could mean many children are left with idle, unsupervised time instead of safe, structured learning and social environments.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants program eliminated: Provides grants for coastal and marine management, research and education. This program benefits nonprofit programs that protect Maryland’s oceanfront and coastal bays.

National Institutes for Health reduced: Many nonprofit organizations receive programmatic and research support through NIH. Grants are likely to be the first area to cut so NIH can maintain its core services.