Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP)


All Maryland youth will become positive, productive citizens engaged in their community.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the LEAP initiative is to provide grants to eligible schools to:

  • provide extended academic programming that has a positive measurable impact on students; or
  • enriches the academic performance and overall well-being of students at risk of falling behind academic requirements.

The LEAP competition is open to:

  • Maryland Public schools in which at least 80% of the students qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program.

Eligible schools may:

  • coordinate and partner with other eligible county schools to jointly apply; or
  • partner with a non-profit organization.

County boards may apply on behalf of one or more eligible schools in the county.

An eligible school may apply for a grant only if the county superintendent endorses the school’s grant application.


Reginald Burke, M.S.
Director, Youth Development Branch
Office: (410) 767-0313

Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) (HB1415)

​Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) Grant FY23

Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) Eligible Entities
Following are the local school systems which have a school or schools in which at least 80 percent of public school students qualify for the free and reduced price meals program.

  • Allegany County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Cecil County
  • Dorchester County
  • Frederick County
  • Harford County
  • Kent County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Somerset County
  • Washington County
  • Wicomico County

List of Eligible LEAP Schools FY23
Revised October 2022