Governor's Grants Office (GGO)

Welcome to the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office (GGO), a coordinating agency of the Governor’s Office. GGO helps state agencies, local governments, and non profit organizations, find, win and manage grants. You will find a host of information and training materials about grants and the life cycle of grants management on this site. You can search for an available state grant or foundation grant and click on links to take you to sites where federal grants are posted.  Please note that generally, grants are not made to individuals or small businesses, with the exception sometimes for artists, scientists and researchers. 

At this site you also will find extensive data and resources about federal funds flowing into Maryland. We also have included training materials, whether Powerpoints or webinars, on many grants related topics as well as guidance from the federal government for recipients and subrecipients on how to manage a federal grant.

Maryland Governor’s Grants Office: 2013 Highlights 

GGO works with a statewide grants team that includes primary grants contacts in each state agency (see under "Contacts" tab above).  In addition, GGO provides resources and technical assistance to State agencies, local governments, non profit organizations, businesses and universities on all aspects of federal grants and federal funds.  The Governor's Grants Office measures funds, identifies new funding opportunities and provides training in all aspects of grant writing and grants management.

Federal grant dollars to State Government: In FY 2013 Maryland state agencies received $9.1 billion in federal grant dollars and $9.4 in FY 2014 as 376 separate grant programs.  

Audit Findings: GGO has helped Maryland agencies, including local governments and higher education institutions, reduce their federal grants audit findings.  We are pleased to report that Maryland is among the top three states in best managing federal finds and we will continue our training with state agencies, their subrecipients and universities to remain so, or better.Read the report on this subject.  Also, view this infographic to illustrate Maryland's highly placed position in the nation for its capable management of federal funds.

Training: In 2013 the Governor's Grants Office trained approximately 6,500 people.  

The 2013 Maryland Governor’s Grants Conference drew 500 people and another 200 to its nonprofit workshop two months later. All past trainings and conference workshop presentations are posted to this website. Look under WEBINARS on the homepage and under the TRAINING LIBRARY tab above.

The GGO conducts trainings and assists the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland U.S. Congressional delegation, the Maryland Association of Counties, Maryland Municipal League, and Maryland Nonprofits, alon​g with specific training and technical assistance requests from individual local governments and non-profit organizations.  In the fall of 2013, GGO conducted six classroom-style workshops (free of charge) related to grants management in addition to more webinars on a variety of subjects relating to fundraising and grants.   

GGO's listserv contains contact information on abut 6,000 people who have participated in some way in past Grants Office activities or have subscribed online to our products, such as newsletters, invitations, and our state or private grant opportunities email notifications (similar to the federal government site).  Look at the bottom right-hand side of our homepage to subscribe.

In recent years, we have added the following to our duties:

Community College Grants Coordinators, an affinity group GGO founded in 2011 holds regular meetings in conjunction with the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

The Maryland Governor's Grants Office website lists the lead grants people in each county and works to increase local cooperation among these individuals.  (See list under "Contacts" tab above.) In most cases, a lead grants contact exists in each county government, along with large municipal governments.  Additional local grants contacts are located in each social services department, school district, community college, community foundation, and in various places, mostly libraries, that are part of the Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center, based in New York and Washington, D.C.

All Maryland based foundations can be researched through the Maryland Governor's Grants Office website, and are sorted by county. (See under left hand navigation, "How Do I Find...")

The National Governors Association (NGA) continues to recognize the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office as a national model; The Governor's Grants Office, founded ten years ago, received the Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS) 2013 "Great Idea" Award "for sharing best practices and providing technical assistance that have made the intergovernmental system work better. The Maryland Governor's Grants Office has developed a centralized model that has helped Maryland and many other states improve their ability to track and maximize federal grants. Their training sessions and webinars are available to anyone interested in federal grants, and their annual report is a model of excellence for states reporting on the flow of federal funds." 

And we do hear from other states all the time requesting information about creating a similar Grants Office for their states.  Rhode Island and New York recently set up a similar grants office under the direction of their Governor, and Puerto Rico and Virginia will soon follow.