Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Relief Fund

The Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Key Bridge Fund was created by the Baltimore Community Foundation with donations from local businesses, foundations, and individuals.  Eligible port workers may receive a one-time payment of $1,000.

Applications are no longer being accepted. All applications that were received by Friday June 14 will be reviewed and if accepted payment will be made. There is no cut off for payments to be made. 

What To Expect


  1. You will need to upload a picture of your photo ID and a picture of documentation proving your employment at the port. (see below for more details). To be eligible, you must have been employed at the port as of March 26, 2024
  2. After you submit your application you will hear from us by email OR text within 2 weeks. 
  3. Once you are approved, you will receive information on how to receive funds via direct deposit or virtual debit card. 
  4. Funds will be distributed within 2 weeks after approved. 

Required Documents

Document 1 – Photo ID *choose one* 

  • State ID
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Employer ID Card 
  • Unique Identity Document (DUI)
  • Cedula
  • Gov. ID from country of origin or consular ID

Document 2 – Proof of employment at the Port in March 2024  *choose one* 

  1. Copy of paystub(s)
  2. Evidence of direct deposit(s)
  3. Canceled check(s)
  4. Interchange ticket(s) for containers moved from the Port
  5. Proof of payment for 2024 Quarter 1 estimated taxes

Application Assistance or Questions?

Need help completing your application or have questions?

1) Anne Arundel Community Action Agency ** 613 Global Way Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday   **Assistance also in Spanish  

2) City of Refuge** 3501 7th Street Baltimore, MD 21225 Thursday, Monday Tuesday 9 – 3 pm

**Assistance also in Spanish 

3) Community Action Network 7900 E. Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21224 9:00 am- 3:30 pm  Monday – Friday

Payment Information

The Steady Impact team can assist with any issues associated with the payment process including enrollment and setting up your preferred payment method. Click the link below to see answers to frequent questions about payment or connect with the Steady Impact team.
There have been exciting announcements about the port reopening. This means that some port workers may be able to resume some or all of their work. For your awareness, the return to work does not disqualify anyone from being able to receive cash assistance. These funds are in addition to any unemployment or worker support funds your employees may be eligible for. Click below to learn more about other assistance programs.
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