support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations by awarding allocations of State tax credits for use as incentives to attract contributions from individuals and businesses to benefit local projects and services.


Pyramid Atlantic Workshop
Pyramid Atlantic used tax credits to raise matching
funds for a National Endowment for the Arts grant
to support visiting artists working with Maryland
high school students and teachers.

Community Investment Tax Credits complement other State funding programs which offer resources to assist communities with revitalization efforts.  As part of an annual, competitive application process, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations apply to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for tax credit allocations. The Community Investment Tax Credit program has leveraged nearly $27 million in charitable contributions to approximately 700 projects across the State.

Nonprofit organizations utilize the tax credits as incentives for individuals and businesses to donate money, goods or real property to support operational and programmatic costs associated with specific, approved projects delivering services to communities across Maryland.

Businesses and individuals that donate to qualified organization’s approved project(s) can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the money, goods or real property contribution. These tax credits are in addition to the deductions on both Federal and State taxes as a result of the charitable contribution. Visit GIVE Maryland for information on specific projects and donate now to nonprofits that have available tax credits.

Individuals and businesses must use the tax credits against taxes owed for the year in which the contribution was made and may not be used retroactively for taxes from a prior year. Any individual or business contemplating making a donation is encouraged to consult with their accountant or tax professional for information about their specific tax benefits.

Nonprofit organizations, designated a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service, are eligible to apply for Community Investment Tax Credits to support a project or activity that is either located in or serving a community in a Priority Funding Area. Nonprofits must maintain their charitable organization status with the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT), as well as, provide an official Certificate of Status from SDAT.

Once awarded tax credits, nonprofit organizations are required to submit a Semi-Annual Report in January and July providing information on:

  • Project activity/status
  • Use of tax credits/contributions received
  • How the organization is marketing their project and the availability of tax credits

After the initial tax credit award has been made, an organization may make a request for an additional allocation of tax credits no more than twice during the time period of their award agreement. The CITC program reviews requests for additional allocations in February and August of each calendar year. Current awardees seeking additional tax credits must complete the CITC Request for Additional Allocation Form. For February consideration requests must be received by February 28 and for August consideration by August 31.

Projects must be located in or serve residents of a Priority Funding Area and typically involve activities such as:
  • Education and Youth Services
  • Housing and Community Development  
  • Job and Self-Sufficiency Training
  • Enhancing Neighborhoods and Business Districts  
  • Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation
  • Economic Development and Tourism Promotion
  • Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
  • Services for At-Risk Populations

Visit GIVE Maryland for information on specific projects in your community funded by CITC and how you can donate to nonprofits that have available tax credits.

Sandtown Habitat
Sandtown Habitat’s tax credits are raising contributions to
construct homes for purchase by low and very low-income
families in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of
Baltimore City.


Contributions of money, goods or real property worth $500 or more are eligible for tax credits. Contributions of services or labor are not eligible. Individuals and businesses may claim a maximum of $250,000 in tax credits per year, representing $500,000 in contributions.

Individuals and businesses making donations are required to complete a simple two-page form and submit it to the nonprofit organization receiving the contribution, along with documentation of the value of the contribution. Individuals or businesses that wish to donate real property must contact the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Investment Tax Credit Program for approval prior to making the donation.

GIVE Maryland provides an opportunity for individual donors to connect directly with nonprofits that have available tax credits. Search by county for a nonprofit organization working in your community and GIVE Now!


Businesses: Any entity that conducts a trade or business in the State and is subject to: the State income tax on individuals or corporations; the public service company franchise tax or the insurance premiums tax.  These types of entities generally include corporations, public utility companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, S corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships and limited liability corporations.

Individuals: An individual is a resident of Maryland if the individual is domiciled in Maryland on the last day of the taxable year or if the individual maintains a place of abode in Maryland for more than six months of the taxable year and is physically present in the State for 183 days or more during the taxable year.

Individuals and businesses that make charitable contributions benefit by:

  • Reducing their Maryland tax liability
  • Helping a local nonprofit organization achieve an essential community goal
  • Making a targeted community impact
  • Improving community relations and increasing their visibility


The following information may be useful to both individuals and businesses making contributions, as well as nonprofit participants in the Community Investment Tax Credit program. This information is for reference only and any individual or business contemplating making a contribution, that has questions about their specific tax advantages, is encouraged to consult with their accountant or tax professional.

Estelle Lykes
Project Manager

Joe's Movement
World Arts Focus used tax credits to raise contributions for a capital campaign to renovate an under-utilized warehouse and create Joe's Movement Emporium - a new community performing arts center and anchor for the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District.

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