Maryland Elevates


The Maryland Elevates Grant Program is designed to enhance and sharpen the State’s steadfast focus on narrowing gaps for infants and toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families in a comprehensive system of early intervention and special education services, birth through age 21. With heightened emphasis on high-leverage strategies and evidence-based practices necessary to transform early intervention and special education, Maryland Elevates targets disparities impacting children and families across a range of priority needs. Maryland Elevates is elevating outcomes with Focus Area and High-Leverage Strategies:

  • Access, Equity, Progress in Special Education

  • Early Childhood for Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

  • Families as Informed Partners in Special Education

  • Secondary Transition for Youth with Disabilities

  • Innovative Support for Youth with Sensory Impairments

Eligible applicants represent non-profit organizations, community-based partners, and Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) demonstrating a commitment to:

  • Equitable and accelerated outcomes in inclusive and rich learning environments in a birth through age 21 continuum of special education supports and services.

  • Implementation of processes grounded in evidence-based practices, equitable solutions, and data-driven outcomes, and

  • Out-of-the-box solutions for growing teacher capacity, instructional leadership, and professional expertise.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on Thursday, November 9, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Monday, December 11, 2023. No later than 5:00 pm EST.

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold three customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will review the program requirements and application.

Customer Session 1
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Customer Session 2
Friday, November 17, 2023
2:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
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Customer Session 3
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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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