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Grant Opportunities

The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget includes full funding of the Rural Maryland Council and their grant programs, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF). THANK YOU to Governor Hogan, President Ferguson, Speaker Jones, Chairs McIntosh and Guzzone for your support.

FY2021 Grant Application Process Closed – Reopening in Spring 2021


Grant Opportunities

The Maryland Agriculture Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) grant funding provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. The cap for this grant program is $50,000 and while a match is not required, it is highly recommended. The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) supports the Rural Maryland Council’s operations and activities and it also supports the states’ five regional councils, rural entrepreneurship development rural health care organizations, and regional infrastructure projects. A match is required for RMPIF Funding and is set at 25% match for entrepreneurship, 50% match for health care, and 75% match for infrastructure.

Both MAERDAF and RMPIF have a two-phase online application process. Phase 1 consists of a Letter of Intent format that is due May 29th. A Grant Review Board will review these LOIs and determine whether an applicant may forward into Phase 2. Applicants will be notified on June 19th of this status. Applicants able to proceed to Phase 2 is by invitation only and will complete the full application and submit it by July 24th. Awardees will be announced August 19th. It is important to review the Guidelines and Criteria for the grant program you are applying before you start Phase 1. Please review this site to view these Guidelines and Criteria as well as answer any questions you might have about our grant opportunities. As well as, access the Grant Portal to submit an online application.

To start the Phase 1-Letter of Intent of the grant process, you will need to ensure you have an account in the RMC Grantee Portal. An applicant can access the portal by clicking on the RMC logo in the upper right corner of this site, which states “Click Here To Access Grant Portal”. Please have the following information on hand to create your organization’s account.

  • An email address that will act as your username
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization’s or fiscal sponsor’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
  • Your organization’s website URL
  • Your organization’s Executive Officer’s contact information

Please retain a record of your login information as you will need it in the future to access your in‐progress applications and your online application history.

New Tool Added to Grant Portal- ‘Collaborator’ Feature: The Collaborator feature allows applicants to work together on a single request. Once an applicant has started the grant process, they will see the Collaborate button at the top of the page. This can be used to invite other people to work on this request. Please see the tutorial in the online platform once the user creates an account.

If you are unable to access or setup your account or have any technical problems, please contact Megan D’Arcy at or by phone at 410.841.2744

Grant Learning Materials 

FY2021 MAERDAF/RMPIF Grant Information Webinar PowerPoint

FY2020 MAERDAF RMPIF Grant Info Session/Webinar

FY2020 MAERDAF RMPIF Grant Info Session Recording

FY2021 MAERDAF General Guidelines and Criteria

FY2021 RMPIF Regional Infrastructure Guidelines

FY2021 RMPIF Rural Entrepreneurship Guidelines

FY2021 RMPIF Rural Health Care Guidelines

FY2021 RMPIF Rural Regional Councils

Grant Form Examples (uploaded in the grant portal)