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.
- Stan Goldman, Program Director, Disabilities
410-654-8500, ext. 263
- Sheryl Goldstein, Program Director, Education, US
410-654-8500, ext. 217
- Marci Hunn, Program Director, Workforce Development
410-654-8500, ext. 261
- Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs
410-654-8500, ext. 268
- Michael Marcus, Program Director, Older Adults
410-654-8500, ext. 244
- Kate Sorestad, Program Officer, General Community Support & Libraries
410-654-8500, ext. 249