A Model ARPA Grant Program from Maryland Nonprofits

November 10, 2021

Nonprofit organizations can be ideal partners in helping local governments to achieve their goals in numerous policy areas.

Maryland Nonprofits’ “Model Grant Program” is designed to make it easy for governments to develop and manage a grant program – even if they do not have a lot of experience in this area. This model grant process is customizable; it allows for direct grantmaking or partnering with an intermediary, like a community foundation or charitable trust, to run the process.

By using our process guide and sample attachments, local jurisdictions can quickly stand up a grantmaking process or add a layer to their current grantmaking process to ensure that Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Relief Fund (CSLFRF) funding is efficiently and equitably distributed in their communities.

The Maryland Nonprofits Model Grant Program is available for use by local governments and nonprofits without charge, with attribution to Maryland Nonprofits.


Summary (5 pages) PDF Word
Guide (16 pages) PDF Word
Sample RFP PDF Word
Sample Eligibility Quiz PDF Word
Sample Grant Application – Under 250,000 PDF Word
Sample Grant Application – Over 250,000 PDF Word
Sample Criteria for Selection/Review Rubric PDF Word
Sample Grant Agreement PDF Word
Sample Quarterly/Annual Expenditure Report PDF Word
Sample Annual Report – Over 250,000 PDF Word

To explore Maryland Nonprofits’ additional COVID-19 resources for nonprofits and government agencies, click here.