Welcome to the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office (GGO). We are 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 lots of information and training materials at this site about grants and the life cycle of grants management. You can search for an available state grant or foundation grant at this site and click on links to take you to sites where federal grants are posted. Please note that generally, grants are not made to individuals, with the exception sometimes for artists, scientists and researchers.
At this site you also will find extensive data and resources about grants and procurement monies flowing into Maryland. We also have included lots of 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: 2012 Highlights
GGO works with a statewide grants team that includes primary grants contacts in each state agency (see under "Contacts" tab above). In addition, the 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 2011 Maryland state agencies received $9.9 billion in federal grant dollars as 508 separate grant programs.
Federal grant dollars to Maryland: Total federal grant dollars that flowed into Maryland in FY 2011, including to local governments, universities and non profits, was $11.6 billion.
Audit Findings: GGO has helped Maryland agencies, including local governments and higher education insitutition in reducing their federal grants audit findings. We are pleased to report the total number of federal audit findings for FY11 was reduced to 11, down from 18 findings in FY 10. (This includes any Recovery Act funding findings.)
Training: In 2011 the Governor's Grants Office participated in 47 training sessions, for approximately 4,100 people.
The Maryland Governor’s Grants Conference drew 700+ people to the 2011 conference and 250 people to its higher education grants conference in May 2012.
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.
Trainings are conducted each year for Maryland Association of Counties, Maryland Municipal League, and Maryland Nonprofits, along with specific training and technical assistance requests from individual local governments and non-profit organizations.
There are 6,000+ contacts on the GGO listserv; these are 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 grants.gov site).
In recent years, we have added the following to our duties:
Coordinate/track health care reform grant application notices and deadlines in a work group affiliated with the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council. As of the end of 2011, approximately 14 federal grant awards have been secured for Maryland state agencies.
Community College Grants Coordinators, an affinity group which holds regular meetings, was founded by GGO last year 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 Cooperating Collection of grants resources (which is usually based in a public library supported by 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; GGO has conducted multiple trainings for NGA. In 2011 and 2012, more than a dozen states requested information, briefing or a meeting about creating a similar Grants Office for their states.
The Deputy Director of the Governor’s Grants Office has served for two years as the President of the National Grants Management Association (until April 2012) and is regularly consulted by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Grants Management staff, the Government Accountability Office (GOA), and the Association of Government Accountants, (AGA), while also participating in the recent OMB work group tasked with reducing improper payments.