Small Grants

The Council uses Small Grant funding to support:

  • Projects
  • Trainings in Maryland
  • Conferences in other states

Small Grants must be related to the Council’s mission. They must help the Council make progress on the priorities described in our State Plan.

The Council accepts Small Grant applications at any time. Contact Shawan Pearson to learn when the committee that reviews grants meets next.

Types of Small Grants

Projects

Funding:

The amount requested must be $5,000 or less.

Who can apply:

Any person, group, or organization.

How to apply:

Examples of activities the Council will consider supporting include:

  • Advocating for change that improves the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families to improve policies, programs, and services.
  • Making the community a better place for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Developing new ways of supporting people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work, and play alongside people without disabilities.
  • Helping families, schools, employers, and community members better understand what people with developmental disabilities are capable of. Raising expectations.
  • Focusing the activities listed above on people from underserved groups. This includes people who mainly speak a language other than English.
  • Other activities related to the Council’s mission and State Plan.

The project must:

  • Take place in Maryland
  • Be related to the Council’s mission
  • Benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Make a difference that continues after the grant ends

Trainings in Maryland

Funding:

The amount requested must be $3,000 or less.

Who can apply:

Organizations and groups can request funding to support trainings and conferences they will host. These can be one-time-only trainings or a series of trainings.

How to apply:

The trainings must be for:

  • People with developmental disabilities in Maryland,
  • Family members of people with developmental disabilities in Maryland, and/or
  • Professionals in Maryland that work with people developmental disabilities.

The Council does not provide funding to individuals to attend trainings in Maryland. The funding goes to the organization or group that is hosting the training.

Conferences in other States

Funding:

The amount requested must be $1,000 or less. Funding helps cover the cost of attending a conference outside of Maryland. Small grants help cover costs like registration fees, travel, and hotels.

Who can apply:

Adults with developmental disabilities and family members of people with developmental disabilities who live in Maryland. They must be willing to use what they learn to help others, not just themselves and their family.

How to apply:

The conference must be:

  • Related to developmental disabilities,
  • Help people increase their knowledge and/or skills, and
  • Take place in states other than Maryland.

Learn More

Read the Small Grant Policy to learn more about:

  • What the Council funds
  • What information you must include in your application and budget
  • How to apply.

Small Grant policy

Small Grant Policy – Easy Read Version