What We Do

What We Do2019-05-19T14:23:37-04:00

We work to revitalize Dundalk. Every day.

Dundalk Renaissance is a non-profit 501 (c)3 community development organization dedicated to revitalizing greater Dundalk. Our mission is to mobilize people to invest in greater Dundalk’s neighborhoods, economy, and quality of life. We were formed in 2001 by a steering committee of volunteers leading a broad-based, community planning process and are a certified Maryland Main Street community and a Community Housing Development Organization. Our work is supported by government and private grants, sponsorships, individual donations and bequests, and many, many partnerships and volunteer hours.

Dundalk’s time is now – the community is growing and changing!

Tradepoint Atlantic is creating a multi-use logistics and manufacturing hub and renewing the economic importance of Sparrows Point. They have created 5,000 new jobs so far, and undertaken 337 acres of development activity in 2018 alone. State and County investment is building new schools and improved parks. New and renovated housing and commercial properties, and new retail, shopping and restaurant options are all signs of a stronger Dundalk and optimism on all fronts.

How do we at Dundalk Renaissance make a difference? Focused persistence.

Our approach builds on our community’s strengths, including 43 miles of waterfront, affordable home ownership opportunities, a walkable National Register Historic District, and close proximity to Baltimore City, major highways, and employers. We capitalize on current trends and seek to influence investment decisions made by business, developers, government, and individuals.

To maximize our impact, since 2017, we have sought to target as many of our resources as possible along the Dundalk Avenue corridor. Within this corridor, for 2019-20, our funding and staff are dedicated to implementing programs in five Focus Neighborhoods: Graceland Park (City and County sides), St. Helena (City and County sides), Old Dundalk, Dun-Logan, and Turner Station. We also work to grow new businesses at The Forge and strengthen the Historic Dundalk Town Center commercial area adjacent to these neighborhoods. We limit the geography of our projects to make visible, concrete changes with limited resources.

We believe in partnerships and collaboration, and recognize that we can accomplish far more by working together. No one entity can do it all, and we welcome opportunities to partner and support others’ endeavors to make Dundalk the best it can be.

Housing and Neighborhood Stabilization 

Strategy: increase the supply of renovations for sale, home sale prices, and homeowner confidence; build wealth; strengthen neighborhoods

Contact: Tasha Gresham-James, [email protected]

Market Boost Partnership – By partnering with small developers, we create more quality renovations for sale to new home buyers in our Focus Neighborhoods. Gap funds via a grant from the State also ensure an incentive for the buyer at settlement. The result? Substantial increases in appraised value that help build wealth among adjacent home owners and support the economic feasibility of more renovations.

Neighborhood Spruce-Up Grants fund meaningful, long-lasting, neighborhood-driven public space improvements in our Focus Neighborhoods (in both City and County, for Graceland Park and St. Helena). These projects raise the quality of life, facilitate grassroots engagement and ownership of neighborhood spaces, improve personal safety and streetscape appeal, and/or enhance the quality of the environment around schools.

Vibrant Neighborhoods 2.0 Renovation Loans – These 0% interest, deferred payment loans funded by the State help owners improve the appearance, livability, and value of their homes. We target these funds to specific gateway blocks selected in coordination with neighborhood leaders. Façade grants support further improvements. The result? Increased curb appeal, community pride, connections among neighbors, and stronger property values.

Senior Home Repair – Grants to low-income older adult home owners in our Focus Neighborhoods support a safer, more comfortable living environment thanks to State funds. The result? Homes where our seniors can age in place and enhance neighborhood stability.

Marketing to the Next Generation  

Strategy: boost home sale prices and median income by increasing demand from middle income buyers

Contact: Tasha Gresham-James, [email protected]

Home Purchase Incentives – we have now assisted 100 home purchases in Dundalk with these State-funded grants. We target middle income home buyers, unlike other purchase assistance. The result? Residents with higher median incomes who can to support more vibrant retail.

Financial Education – this new event series provides practical money skills workshops to area residents of all backgrounds including renters, future home buyers, and older adults/their caregivers.

Historic Dundalk Town Center Economic Development

Strategy: grow new businesses and sales; improve commercial properties and public areas; connect residents to Historic Dundalk Town Center

Contact: Chris Pineda, [email protected]

Commercial Improvement Grants – These grants from the State support façade improvements to retail businesses in the Historic Dundalk Town Center. The result? Greater visibility for current businesses, renovated buildings, and a more attractive town center.

The Forge – Dundalk’s first business incubator and co-working space grows new retail and other businesses with below-market rents, training and mentoring, and marketing support. Workshops and event space grow new opportunities for residents and neighborhood organizations.

Community-Building Events

Makers Markets, Food Trucks, Family Fall Festival, and Holiday Hoopla draw thousands to the Historic Dundalk Town Center to make memories. The result? A more connected community that supports a safer, more vibrant retail district.

Stakeholders, partners, funders, local elected officials, neighborhood leaders, volunteers, residents, board members – we couldn’t succeed without you.

Our Strategic Plan

For more detail on why we do what we do, please see our latest Strategic Plan and our Action Plan for Market Enhancement and Target Neighborhoods, which guide our work and describes the process of community engagement we used to develop our plan.

Strategic Plan

Action Plan for Market Enhancement and Target Neighborhoods

Financial Information

We strive for transparency in our work and are pleased to share our most recent financial information:

IRS 990 filings (Tax Returns): 2017, 2016, 2015

Financial Audits: 2017, 2016, 2015