Maryland Works

Maryland Works is a highly competitive Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) grant opportunity that will leverage remaining one-time American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Relief Funds (ESSER III) to make a substantial investment in establishing an industry-aligned apprenticeship infrastructure for all Maryland’s schools and business sectors. These programs reflect the national call to use one-time pandemic resources to ensure Pre-K-12 has direct pipelines to our most needed professions. Reimagining college and career pathways for Maryland’s students requires transformational change to the systems that undergird the bridge between Pre-K-12 and beyond. To that end, grants will be awarded for work focused on the following high-leverage strategies:

    • Designing and Developing an Infrastructure to Expand the Quality and Proliferation of Apprenticeship Programs
    • Launching an Innovative Apprenticeship Intermediary for LEAs and Industry at Regional and Statewide Levels

Each of these high-leverage strategies is further defined with specific requirements. Applicants must choose at least one of the strategies and provide a description of how planned activities align with the strategy, what products and/or services will be delivered, and the expected impact of the work on Maryland’s youth apprenticeship programs. Applicants must commit to supporting the development and implementation of systems to accelerate and sustain youth apprenticeship opportunities. Applicants must also define an obtainable, measurable impact on the number of students participating in apprenticeship programs; and/or the number of available, registered apprenticeship programs in the state that are geographically- and industry-aligned. Further, applicants must also identify those goals disaggregated by all student subgroups, particularly historically underserved groups to ensure that proposed plans address existing and persistent disparities in accessing apprenticeship programs.

To learn more about registered youth apprenticeship programs in Maryland, visit the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program - Youth Apprenticeship website.

Grant Program Guidance and Grant Program Application Information

Complete applications, including all appendices, should be submitted by the deadline via email to Use the button below to access grant program guidance and application information. 

Customer Service Support Sessions

The Maryland State Department of Education seeks to support any potential applicant in submitting the strongest application possible. Strong program designs are essential to ensuring Maryland Works delivers upon the goals of the initiative. Customer service and support for Maryland Works consists of information sessions as well as individual appointments, upon request. The session dates are below.

Information Sessions

Prior to completing and submitting the application, it is required that applicants attend at least one information session. These sessions provide an overview of the Maryland Works grant program, requirements, and how to apply. To register for a session, click on the associated link. See the dates and times below:

Program Contact


Grant Application Timeline

​Program Milestone

​December 12, 2022

​Maryland Works Grant Information Guide and application are released

​January 17, 2023

​Information session

​January 26, 2023

​Information session

​February 2, 2023

​Information session

​April 1, 2023

​Application window closes

​April - May, 2023

​The Review Committee evaluates applications

​May 2023

​MSDE announces grant awards

​May 2023 - September 2024

​Grant period