Maryland Courts

Grant Programs

MACRO funds grants to develop and expand conflict resolution services and education and to promote excellence in mediation throughout Maryland. Two categories of funds are available: Conflict Resolution Grants and Community Mediation Performance-based Grants, as described below. MACRO particularly seeks projects that have a high likelihood of success, can be replicated by others, and have a high positive impact. Grant funds are not intended to supplant existing services nor to cover all operational costs for any given program. Please contact MACRO at 410-260-3540 before submitting an application.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office

Notice of Funding Availability for FY2015
(July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015)

The Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office has funding available to support conflict resolution programs and projects in Maryland. Projects must start on July 1, 2014 or later, and all grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2015. Grant application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the link below. If your organization is interested in applying for a MACRO Conflict Resolution Grant, and has never applied before, please call us at 410-260-3540 to discuss your proposed project prior to submitting your grant application.

FY2015 Conflict Resolution Grants Information and Question/Answer Sessions

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: MACRO, 903 Commerce Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 and virtually by web.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. CANCELED
Location: MACRO, 903 Commerce Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 and virtually by web.

To participate in person or by web, please RSVP to Alecia Parker at alecia.parker@mdcourts.gov

Conflict Resolution Grants:

MACRO’s Conflict Resolution Grant Program provides funding for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs or projects which support and further its mission. We are particularly interested in projects which will benefit the courts and citizens of Maryland, as well as projects which will expand access to justice and prevent conflicts from escalating into violence or litigation. MACRO funds are not intended to supplant existing services, nor are they intended to cover all operational costs for any given program.

Categories for funding consideration:

Starting or Expanding an ADR Program – including, but not limited to, case screening and referrals, hiring/recruiting new mediators, case management, creating a quality assurance program, program evaluation, and public awareness projects for ADR programs.

Mediator/ADR Practitioner Quality – including, but not limited to, trainings, workshops, conferences, and assessments.

Public Conflict Resolution Education – including, but not limited to, conflict resolution skills trainings and conflict prevention workshops for members of the public.

Conflict Resolution Services – including, but not limited to, providing and/or using mediation, community conferencing, large group facilitation, etc. to resolve disputes or complex, problematic issues.

Research- structured academic research on topics related to dispute resolution in Maryland.

Activities MACRO will not fund:
MACRO funds may not be used for religious, political or lobbying purposes.

Eligibility: Courts, non-profit organizations, and government agencies located within Maryland are eligible to apply.

Under the Conflict Resolution Grant program, MACRO accepts applications for up to $5,000 using its Short Application Form, and applications for over $5,000 using is Standard Application Form.

Deadline: All grant applications in this category must be received by MACRO no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 to be considered for FY2015 funding.

Please contact Alecia Parker, MACRO's Budget and Grants Director, at 410-260-3544 or at alecia.parker@mdcourts.gov if you have any questions.

Community Mediation Performance-based Grants:

Grants in this category are available to non-profit organizations or government entities in Maryland that provide community mediation services that meet MACRO’s Ten-Point Model of Community Mediation. Funding is based on how well centers are meeting the ten-point model, on the number of conflict resolution intakes and sessions that a center provides, and on the amount of matching funds raised.

Funding in this category is open by invitation-only: Applicants must contact MACRO first. Community mediation center start-up grants are available to help create new programs in areas not currently served by existing programs.

Deadline: Applications in this category must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 for FY2015 funding.

Download grant application, guidelines, and sample forms here: http://www.courts.state.md.us/macro/guidelinesforms.html