State Aided Institutions (SAI) Program


The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) provides annual grants to qualified non-profit organizations that provide enriching, educational programs to Maryland students. Eligible programs provide learning experiences that align to the State’s curricular and educational priorities and cannot be replicated in the classroom. 

These educational opportunities emphasize experiential learning and one-on-one support services. This includes, but is not limited to, free or reduced admission, full-day and residential fieldtrips with hands-on activities, mentoring, and tutoring. Pre- and post- visit activities for teachers can be used to connect the experiences to the classroom curriculum. In addition, professional development opportunities for teachers that link the SAI programs to the classroom are also funded.

When will the application be open?

Thursday, April 20, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Tuesday, June 20, 2023. no later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold several customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will review what applicants need to get started, the program requirements, as well as a walk-through of the application. To attend a session, click on a date below:

Customer Service Support Session I: fiscal year 2025 application

Thursday, April 20, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
View the recording from the April 20th, 2023 Customer Service Support Session

Customer Service Support Session II: fiscal year 2025 application

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
View the recording from the May 2nd, 2023 Customer Service Support Session

Customer Service Support Session III: fiscal year 2024 performance

Thursday, June 22, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
>View the recording from the June 22nd, 2023 Customer Service Support Session


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact:

Nicole Obregon
Special Fiscal Programs Administrator
Phone: (410) 767-2939

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions.

Grant Application Timeline

April 20, 2023
Grant application period opens.

April 27, 2023 
MSDE will begin reviewing submitted application on a rolling basis.

June 20, 2023 
The grant application period closes

April 2024
The budget bill for fiscal year 2025 will be passed.


Currently for fiscal year 2024, fifty-eight programs are funded across the State. The list below constitutes the SAIs that are currently being monitored:

State Aided Institutions (SAI) Program


Roslyn Coleman
State Aided Institutions (SAI) Program Manager
Office of Grant Administration and Compliance
Office: (410) 767-3309

Nicole Obregon
Special Fiscal Programs Administration
Office of Grant Administration and Compliance
Office: (410) 767-2939
Cell: (443) 952-1373