$5M Census Grant Program from MDP – Apply Today!

The Maryland Department of Planning has begun the 2020 Census Grant Program. The program will support in maintaining accuracy in the counting of the state and its local jurisdictions for the 2020 Census.

The panel was established by Senate Bill 855 (Chapter 18 of the Acts of 2018).

The panel:

  • Chairman Steven Jost, Senior Vice President for Content Strategy at Subject Matter and former top official at the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Victor Valentine, Director of Engagement and Policy for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
  • Michelle Mendez, Managing Attorney for the Catholic Legal Immigration
    Network, Inc.
  • Tony Baysmore, Director, Governmental Relations and Constituent Service for Baltimore County Public Schools

The Grant Panel is seeking innovative outreach efforts from trusted local organizations that will encourage the least likely to respond to the 2020 Census to step up, be counted, and help their community,

– Grant Panel Chairman Steven Jost

Apply for the Grant

Apply on the MDP’s website by March 1 for a portion of the $5M in matching funds.


The Grant Panel shall make decisions on the award recipients by April 1 and funding will be allocated after July 1. Grant awards will range from a suggested minimum of $25,000 to a suggested maximum of $250,000.