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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 on April 26, 2021


     Important Dates:

  • Grant Process Opening: Monday, April 26, 2021
  • Call for Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Full Application Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021
  • Awards announced the week of August 23, 2021


Register here to attend a virtual information session to review grant program guidelines and criteria:

  • Information Session: Tuesday, April 27, 2021-12:00pm to 2:00pm Register to attend here.
  • Information Session: Wednesday, May 5, 2021-12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Register to attend here.

New Workshop: MAERDAF & RMPIF Grant Writing Workshop

Attend the Rural Maryland Council’s MAERDAF & RMPIF Grant Writing Workshops to learn how to communicate your ideas in writing effectively. The first workshop will cover the Letter of Intent stage (Phase 1) – defining your project, using a logic model to design your program, goals, and outcomes. The second workshop is focused on Phase 2, the full application. This workshop will help you build a concise narrative with a clear scope of work, deliverables, and budget.

  • Phase 1 Grant Writing Workshop, Friday, April 30, 2021-11:00 am to 12:00 pm Register to attend here.
  • Phase 2 Grant Writing Workshop, Date Coming Soon


Grant Opportunities

The Council will conduct two virtual information sessions to review program guidelines and criteria as well as offer a grant writing workshop. Grant information sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The grant writing workshop will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please register for these sessions and the workshop at  Individual appointments will also be available during the week of May 10, 2021. Please contact the RMC office at to schedule an appointment.

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 $40,000 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 (LOI) format. A Grant Review Board will review these LOIs and determine whether an applicant may move forward into Phase 2. Phase 2 is invitation only. Grant awardees will be announced in August. It is important to review the Guidelines and Criteria for the grant program you are applying for before you start Phase 1. The FY2022 Guidelines and Criteria will be posted on April 26, 2021, and will be found below under Grant Learning Materials.

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 above on the RMC logo, 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
  • 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. If at any time you forget your password, simply click ‘Forgot Password’ and you can easily generate a new one.

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 set up your account or have any technical problems, please contact Megan D’Arcy at or by phone at 667-458-9101.

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)