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 Governor's Grants Office (GGO)

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 (2013 highlights coming soon)

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 2012 Maryland state agencies received $9.1 billion in federal grant dollars as 473 separate grant programs.  

Audit Findings: GGO has helped Maryland agencies, including local governments and higher education insitutitions, 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. The GGO recently released a report on this subject.

Training: In 2012 the Governor's Grants Office participated in 47 training sessions, for approximately 4,100 people.  

The 2013 Maryland Governor’s Grants Conference drew 500 people in March and another 200 to its nonprofit workshop in May 2013. 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 each year for  the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland U.S. Congressional delegation, the 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.  In the fall of 2013, GGO will roll out six classroom-style workshops related to grants management in addition to more webinars on a variety of subjects relating to fundraising, grants, and grants management.  To learn about workshops and webinars through our listserv, you can sign up on the homepage (bottom right-hand side.)

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 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.  Among the many success stories from this past year is the securing of 18 separate grants, by 5 different
agencies, related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA/healthcare reform legislation) which will bring in $63.2 million in FY 13, increasing to $79.6 million in FY 13. This does not include ACA grant funds secured by organizations that are not part of state government.

Community College Grants Coordinators, an affinity group which holds regular meetings, was founded by GGO in 2011 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; The Governor's Grants Office, founded ten years ago, recently 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." 

In the past two years, more than fifteen states have requested information, briefings/meetings 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.

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. She recently assisted the government of Puerto Rico in setting up a grants office.