There are several types of funding opportunities available through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Small Grants
The Council sets aside funds each year to invest in small, one-time-only projects or activities of a limited duration. The Council accepts unsolicited Small Grant proposals throughout the year.  Small grant awards are $5,000 or less.

Education and Training Event Sponsorships
The Council will provide grants to organizations to support the participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members at the organization’s conference, workshops or other trainings.

Conference Participation Fund for Attendance at Out-of-State Conferences

Due to restrictions on travel because of COVID-19, the Council cannot fund conference participation requests right now. 

Each year, the Council sets aside funds to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and family members of individuals with developmental disabilities with the cost of attending conferences.

Requests for Proposals
The vast majority of projects that the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council invests in are funded through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Match Requirement

All Council grantees must provide 25% of total grant funds (match), so 25% of the total project costs come from the grantee and 75% from the Council.

If the applicant is located in Baltimore City or Somerset County, the match required is 10%.
Matching funds may include in-kind supports or other non-federal sources of funds. Any in-kind support used as match must have a value directly related to the grant.

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