Maryland Small Grants Program

The MSGP supports smaller Maryland nonprofits seeking general operating support, program support, or certain capital requests. The Foundation offers this reminder: "5/50/50," a streamlined 5-page proposal and, in most cases, only 50 days for up to $50,000.

Maryland grants, made easy


Since its inception, the Maryland Small Grants Program has awarded hundreds of grants totaling more than $12 million. All that is required is a simple proposal no longer than five pages. In most 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 grantmaking process. There is no deadline for grant requests within the Maryland Small Grants Program and a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is not required.

  • At the conclusion of two years of MSGP funding, the grantee may apply for a subsequent grant of up to two additional years of funding, pending an invitation from Foundation staff (via phone or email) and submittal of all previous requirements.
  • Grant requests in subsequent years may not exceed $50,000 per fiscal year.
  • An organization is eligible for four years of funding in any five year period. After four years of consecutive funding, a grantee must wait at least one fiscal year before reapplying to MSGP.

Grantees may choose to enter the full grant process, but must meet requirements for the given program area, including geography.

The Maryland Small Grants Program includes all Foundation grantmaking areas: Basic Human Needs & Health; Disabilities; Education, US; General Community Support; Older Adults; and Workforce Development. Organizations located in Northeastern Pennsylvania are also eligible to apply.

Who is eligible?

For consideration in the Maryland Small Grants Program, an applicant must:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, and in operation for a minimum of three years
  • Have a Maryland budget of less than $3 million (do not include in-kind or pro bono goods/services in this calculation) and complete an external financial review (preferably an audit)
  • Provide direct service to residents of the State of Maryland
  • Meet the Weinberg Foundation’s mission of providing direct services to poor and vulnerable populations
  • Request funds for general operating support, program support, or capital projects 
  • Submit requests that represent no more than 25% of an organization’s total annual operating budget

Maryland Small Grants Program does not have a letter of inquiry stage

In order to submit a Maryland Small Grants application, the applicant is required to speak with the Weinberg Foundation program director responsible for the grant making area to which the proposal refers before applying. 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 director responsible for your area of interest please refer to the list below. For organizations located in Northeastern Pennsylvania please contact Kate Sorestad.

Program Directors/Officers

  • Rachel Duden, Program Associate, US Education, and MSGP
    410-654-8500, ext. 229
    Email: rduden@hjweinberg.org
  • Stan Goldman, Program Director, Disabilities (US and Israel) / Education (Israel)
    410-654-8500, ext. 263
    Email: sgoldman@hjweinberg.org
  • Sheryl Goldstein, Managing Director, Programs & Grants / Program Director, Education (US)
    410-654-8500, ext. 217
    Email: sgoldstein@hjweinberg.org
  • Marci Hunn, Program Director, Workforce Development
    410-654-8500, ext. 261
    Email: mhunn@hjweinberg.org
  • Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs & Health
    410-654-8500, ext. 268
    Email: akleine@hjweinberg.org
  • Michael Marcus, Program Director, Older Adults
    410-654-8500, ext. 244
    Email: mmarcus@hjweinberg.org
  • Aaron Merki, Program Officer, Older Adults
    410-654-8500, ext. 276
    Email: amerki@hjweinberg.org
  • Kate Sorestad, Program Officer, General Community Support & Libraries
    410-654-8500, ext. 249
    Email: ksorestad@hjweinberg.org

To Apply for a Maryland Small Grant

Once you have spoken with the appropriate program director, 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.


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