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MAERDAF/RMPIF

MAERDAF Provides Grants to Rural Nonprofits

Overview

Established in 2000, the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) offers important financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts. The Fund also provides targeted financial assistance to community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance offerings.

Between FY 2001 and 2018, the MAERDAF program awarded more than $4.4 million in grants to over 115 rural-serving organizations. Many rural-serving organizations have been able to establish or continue programs and projects that have had a significant and positive impact on Rural Maryland because of the MAERDAF program. Moreover, the Fund has helped many nonprofits develop institutional capacity, improve grant-writing skills, and enhance the internal development of volunteer boards and staff.

The Rural Maryland Council administers MAERDAF in partnership with the Maryland Departments of Agriculture, Maryland Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Departments of Business and Economic Development, Maryland Departments of Housing and Community Development, and Maryland Departments of Natural Resources.

FY2020 MAERDAF RMPIF Grant Info Session/Webinar

FY2020 MAERDAF RMPIF Grant Info Session Recording

Important Dates for FY2020:

  • Friday, May 31, 2019 – Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted electronically by 5:00pm.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 – Notification of decision on all submissions sent via e-mail; Accepted applicants notified to submit a full application.
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 – Full application due to RMC by 5:00pm.
  • Monday, August 19, 2019 – MAERDAF Grant Recipients announced.

MAERDAF General Guidelines and Criteria FY2020

MAERDAF RMPIF Goals and Measurable Objectives

Proposed Operating Budget

Access the Application via the Grantee Portal 

To submit an LOI, you will need to ensure you have an account in the Grantee 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. Applications can be accessed only via the account in which they were started.

If you are unable to access or setup your account or have any technical problems, please contact our offices at 410.841.5772 or rmc.mda@maryland.gov.

Please Note: Please read guidelines, criteria, and application instructions prior to starting the application. 

Grant writing tips and resources can be found on the Governor’s Grants Office website here.

Additional Note: This form does not constitute as the full grant application. This form is intended as a letter of intent proposal, and is Phase 1 of the application process. Submitted forms will be notified of their acceptance and invitation to submit a full application. Proposals will only be accepted by electronic submission.

Prior year MAERDAF Annual Reports are available on our Publications tab at the bottom of the page.

Background

The MAERDAF program was born out of the frustration experienced by a number of rural-serving nonprofit organizations and community colleges who had difficulty obtaining adequate, much needed programmatic or special projects funding. Unlike their counterparts operating near or in the urban centers, nonprofits operating in rural communities typically lack access to public sector (county or municipal) or private sector (corporate and private foundation) philanthropic opportunities. Moreover, given the economic distress found in the rural regions of the State, many local governments do not have the financial wherewithal to address these important developmental needs. Consequently, a serious resource deficit existed where, in many instances, the need had been the greatest.

The General Assembly created MAERDAF in 2000 in order to increase the overall capacity of rural-serving, nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education. In addition, MAERDAF provides targeted funding to community colleges that provide training and technical assistance to ag businesses. Since it was created, the program has helped many rural-serving organizations establish or continue programs and projects that have had a significant and positive impact on Rural Maryland. In addition, the modest State investment in the MAERDAF program has helped the nonprofit sector leverage a substantial amount of private and federal financial support. (The MAERDAF Board is required to give preference to organizations that leverage non-state matching funds and many grantees have had matches exceeding 100 percent.) Moreover, MAERDAF has helped many of these nonprofit service providers develop institutional capacity, improve grant-writing skills, and enhance the internal development of volunteer boards and staff.

“MAERDAF has provided the LEAD Maryland Foundation with a vitally important source of funding to help prepare the next generation of agricultural and rural leaders. I think it is fair to say that without the substantial financial support we have received from MAERDAF, LEAD would not be the great educational program it is today.”

–Kenny Bounds, President
LEAD Maryland Foundation


RMPIF – Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund

On March 29, 2016, the Maryland Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2017 State Operating Budget which includes funds to support the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), a key step forward in addressing disparities in the State’s rural areas. The Rural Maryland Council would like to thank Governor Hogan for inclusion of funds to support RMPIF, the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate for their support and, in particular, the Senate Budget and Taxation and House Appropriations Committees.

For the first time since 2006, the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will receive $2 million in funding for targeted investment to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s traditionally disadvantaged and underserved rural communities. By sustaining efforts to promote rural regional cooperation, facilitating entrepreneurial activities and supporting key community colleges and nonprofit providers, the quality of life in rural Maryland can be advanced over the next several years.

The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will support the Rural Maryland Council’s activities and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) which provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. It will also support the states’ five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development, and rural health care organizations.

Access the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Report to Maryland General Assembly. The Legislative Session 2016 Joint Chairmen’s Report on page 64 requires the Maryland Department of Agriculture to submit a report on January 1, 2017 on the criteria and rationale for the allocation of the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) funding. Access the RMPIF Report here.

FY2020 MAERDAF RMPIF Grant Info Session/Webinar

FY2020 MAERDAF RMPIF Grant Info Session Recording

Letters of support are strongly encouraged.

Important Dates for FY2020:

  • Friday, May 31, 2019 – Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted electronically by 5:00pm.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 – Notification of decision on all submissions sent via e-mail; Accepted applicants notified to submit a full application.
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 – Full application due to RMC by 5:00pm.
  • Monday, August 19, 2019 – RMPIF Grant Recipients announced.

General Guidelines and Criteria for FY2020 RMPIF:

MAERDAF RMPIF Goals and Measurable Objectives

Proposed Operating Budget

Access the Application via the Grantee Portal 

To submit an LOI, you will need to ensure you have an account in the Grantee 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. Applications can be accessed only via the account in which they were started.

If you are unable to access or setup your account or have any technical problems, please contact our offices at 410.841.5772 or rmc.mda@maryland.gov.

Please Note: Please read guidelines, criteria, and application instructions prior to starting the application. 

Grant writing tips and resources can be found on the Governor’s Grants Office website here.

Additional Note: This form does not constitute as the full grant application. This form is intended as a letter of intent proposal, and is Phase 1 of the application process. Submitted forms will be notified of their acceptance and invitation to submit a full application. Proposals will only be accepted by electronic submission.

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