State Aided Educational Institutions Program (SAI) Grant Recipients

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The Maryland State Department of Education provides annual grants to non-profit organizations to provide enriching educational programs that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Collectively, these programs are known as the State Aided Educational Institutions Program (SAI). The organizations provide engaging, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that support the State's curricular and educational goals and priorities.

Presently, forty-two programs are funded across the State. Grant recipients include:

Alice Ferguson Foundation, Inc.
Alliance of Southern Prince George's Communities, Inc.
American Visionary Art Museum
B&O Railroad Museum
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Best Buddies
Calvert Marine Museum
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
CollegeBound Foundation
Dyslexia Tutoring Program
Echo Hill Outdoor School
Fire Museum of Maryland
Historic Sotterley, Inc.
Imagination Stage, Inc.
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
Living Classrooms Foundation
Maryland Academy of Sciences - Maryland Science Center
Maryland Historical Society
Maryland Humanities
Maryland Leadership Workshops,, Inc.
JHU APL Maryland Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement
Maryland Youth & the Law (MYLAW)
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Museum of Ceramic Art
National Aquarium in Baltimore
National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
Olney Theatre Center for the Arts
Parks & People Foundation
Port Discovery Children's Museum
Salisbury Zoo Commission
South Baltimore Learning Center
Sultana Education Foundation
Village Learning Place
Walters Art Museum
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Y of Central Maryland/State Mentoring Center
Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.


These institutions provide opportunities that emphasize experiential learning and one-on-one support services. Services include, but are not limited to, free or reduced admission, full-day and residential field-trips with hands-on activities, mentoring, and tutoring. In many cases, pre- and post- visit activities for teachers are used to connect the experiences to the classroom curriculum. Programs also provide continued follow-up to experiential activities through internet activities. Professional development opportunities for teachers that link the SAI programs with the classroom are also available.

Monitoring of the SAI programs includes on-site visits by MSDE staff, a mid-year progress report, a final program report that verifies services provided, and a telephone/email audit of end users.

Michial A. Gill, Ph.D.