Governor's Grants Office (GGO)

Welcome to the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office (GGO), a coordinating agency of the Governor’s Office that was created in 2004. 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. Sometimes there are exceptions, primarily 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.


Director Merril Oliver
Governor Larry Hogan appointed Merril Oliver as director of the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office.  She was the founding deputy director of the office in 2004, serving in that capacity for nine years.  Oliver returns to Maryland from Puerto Rico, where she developed a centralized federal funds management office for Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla during 2014. As a member of the Association of Government Accountants Intergovernmental Partnership since 2007, she served as co-chair of multiple grants related workgroups.  She was president of the National Grants Management Association from 2009-2012. Oliver also sat on the Board of Editorial Advisors for Thompson Publishing’s Federal Grants Management Handbook from 2004-2012 and is published in the Journal of Government Financial Management.  In 2011, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to the Presidential Executive Order Workgroup on Improper Payments. Oliver served as Grants manager and Management & Budget analyst for three years in Montgomery County government and previously spent 15 years in private sector business development.  She earned a B.S. from Towson University and she is a Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS).
Maryland Governor's Grants Office: 2014 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 2014, the State expended $9.8 billion of federal funds through 415 federal grant programs.  Look for an explanation of these programs by clicking the "Annual Report" tab.


In 2014 the Governor's Grants Office trained approximately 6,500 Marylanders through workshops, webinars and the annual training conference.


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."