The Maryland Small Grants Program (MSGP) allows smaller Maryland and Northeastern Pennsylvania nonprofits to apply for a grant–operating, program, or capital–of up to $50,000 for two years ($100,000 total). This program includes all Foundation areas of giving.
Since its inception in 2007, the Maryland Small Grants Program has awarded hundreds of grants totaling more than $24 million to hundreds of Maryland and Northeastern Pennsylvania nonprofits. All that is required is a simple proposal no longer than five pages. In many cases, it takes only 50 days to go from “Our application is enclosed” to “Your check is in the mail.”
The Maryland Small Grants Program differs from the Foundation’s standard grant making process. There is no deadline for grant requests and a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is not required. Funding is available through MSGP for up to four years. Organizations are required to take a year off between every two years of funding.
To be considered for MSGP funding, an organization must meet several requirements:
- Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status and have operated for a minimum of three years.
- Maintain an annual organizational budget of $1 million or less within the State of Maryland or within Northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Provide direct services primarily to residents of the State of Maryland or Northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Meet the Foundation’s mission of providing direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
- Request funds for general operating support, program support, or capital projects.
- Submit requests that represent no more than 25% of the organization’s total annual operating budget.
The Foundation does not provide funds for the following:
|Individuals||Arts and culture||Post-secondary scholarships|
|Debt reduction||Colleges and universities||Think tanks|
|Endowments||Political action groups||Annual appeals (in most cases)|
|Publications||Academic or health research||Fundraising events|
Before You Apply
Before applying for a Maryland Small Grant, the applicant is required to speak with the program team member for the appropriate geographic area.
This conversation will ensure that the proposal is a fit with Foundation guidelines and goals. In advance of the conversation, you can also send an email identifying your fit with the program area’s goals and priorities listed on our website, and the applicant’s ability to meet the nonprofit budget and geographic requirements.
If you are unsure of the program team member responsible for your area of interest please refer to the list below.
To Apply for a Maryland Small Grant
Once you have spoken with the appropriate program team member, click the button below to apply for your Maryland Small Grant. Applications that do not include answers to each question will not be considered. Also, please number your responses so that they match the application page and ensure that your organization’s executive director and board chair have signed the final page of your application.