MSDE Special Fiscal Programs

State Aided Institutions (SAI) Program

Authorized by Senate Bill 794, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) provides annual grants to qualified non-profit organizations that provide enriching, educational programs to Maryland students. These programs provide learning experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom. In addition, they provide professional development and resources to support Maryland teachers. Collectively, these programs are known as the State Aided Educational Institutions (SAI). Currently there are 56 organizations in the SAI program. In FY 2021 approximately 340,000 Maryland students and teachers were served through this program. 

For more information, visit the SAI webpage.

Nonpublic Textbook Program

The Governor’s Annual Budget Bill provides funds for the purchase of textbooks or computer hardware and software and other electronically delivered learning materials for loan to students in eligible nonpublic schools. 

For more information, visit the Nonpublic Textbook program webpage.

Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) program provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price school meals program (FARMS) to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first. 

For more information, visit the BOOST program webpage.

Operating Grants

Authorized under Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Bill (House Bill 200, Section 19), these grants are intended to support the operating costs associated with the educational programming offered by the non-profit organization specified under the “eligibility” section of each respective Grant Information Guide below. 

Operating Grant to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation

Operating Grant to First Generation College Bound

Operating Grant to Junior Achievement of Maryland

Operating Grant to Living Classrooms Foundation

Operating Grant to the Maryland Science Center

Operating Grant to Northbay Education