Maryland Special Education State Steering Committee Mini-Grant FY 2025


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is committed to supporting the work of the eight steering committees in Maryland. Existing statewide steering committees are made up of national advisors, state and local stakeholders, and service providers (representation from each local education agency (LEA)/public agency across steering committees which include Secondary Transition, Behavior, Vision, Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy, Adapted Physical Education, Speech/Language Pathology, and Assistive Technology). To support and sustain steering committee activities, a mini-grant of $4,000 per steering committee is available.

This mini-grant focuses on the following key areas:

  • Researching current national, state, and local evidence-based strategies that impact student outcomes and to address problems of practice for staff and their students with disabilities.

  • The development of accessible resources, training modules, and/or toolkits to be used statewide by teachers, service providers, and families to improve student outcomes.

  • Attending conferences, building leadership capacity, and/or holding conferences to build LEA capacity to meet the needs of specific student populations.

Under this grant program, MSDE is inviting existing Maryland State Steering Committees to apply for funding for initiatives that support steering committee initiatives and improve service delivery to special student populations.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide (GIG) was released on May 24, 2024.

Application Submission Date

Tuesday, June 25, 2024. No later than 5:00 pm EST.

Funding Amount Available

The total amount of funding available is $32,000. Awards in the amount of up to $4,000 per steering committee.

Estimated Number of Grants

MSDE anticipates awarding grants to eight (8) steering committees.

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold one customer service support session for interested applicants. During this session, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the application process. The session will be on:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Video Call Link

MSDE staff will also hold virtual open office hours on:

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Video Call Link

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Video Call Link

Please email Catherine Wagner at to request accommodations for these sessions.


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Manager:

Dr. Paige Bradford
Section Chief, Specialized Instruction
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Office: (410) 767-3186


Grant Information Guide and Application for Participation (Word)