Maryland Courts

Grant Programs

MACRO Grants Program
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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.

Conflict Resolution Project Grants

MACRO’s Conflict Resolution Projects Grant Program provides funding for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs or projects which support and further its mission to develop, improve, and expand high quality alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in Maryland’s courts, communities, criminal and juvenile justice programs, state and local government agencies, as well as schools and universities for the benefit of the general public.

Grant Purpose
Grants are offered to benefit the courts and citizens of Maryland with the goal of increasing efficiency in the courts, expanding access to justice and preventing conflicts from escalating into violence or litigation.

Categories for funding consideration:

  • Starting or Expanding an ADR Program
  • Mediator/ADR Practitioner Quality
  • Public Conflict Resolution Education
  • Conflict Resolution Services
  • ADR-related Research

Community Mediation Performance Grants

MACRO’s Community Mediation Performance Grant Program provides funding to non-profit organizations and 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 fundraising a center has completed.

Grant Purpose
Community mediation is an important resource for the court, providing vital conflict resolution services to the District and Circuit Courts at the neighborhood level, preventing violence and addressing the underlying causes of conflict in a manner that cannot be achieved in a courtroom.  MACRO’s goal in funding community mediation is to make mediation and conflict resolution services accessible and affordable to everyone in Maryland.