FY21 MCSS Grant Program Details

The mission of Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) is to promote and enhance safer school communities. 
This is done through various training, grant, and community outreach programs. 
 MCSS is announcing three different grants in Fiscal Year 2021. Local school systems within the State of Maryland, as well as non-public and private schools, and child care centers are all eligible to apply depending on the type of grant selected. 
Click on the tabs below for more information and related documents and materials.

Hate Crimes Grant (HCG)

This grant program is no longer accepting applications. The deadline has now passed. Please be on the lookout for future grant announcements from MCSS.


Hate Crimes Grant (HCG) is a competitive, state-funded reimbursement grant awarded to local school systems, private schools, and childcare centers determined to be at risk of hate crimes or attacks to provide security-related technology and security-related facility upgrades.​​ 

Categories Funded

  • ​Additional security training
  • ​Security personnel
  • ​Security cameras
  • Security related technology
  • ​Door hardening
  • Improved lighting
  • Other security-related facility upgrades

Eligible to Apply

  • Local School System​s
  • Non-public and Private Schools
  • Childcare Centers​​​​

Grant Documents​​ (Pre-award) Additional Forms (Post award)
- Link IconFY21 Hate Crimes Grant NOFA​ - Opens in new windowQuarterly Progress Report Form
​- Application Form​​ (Deadline Passed)
​- Opens in new windowFinal Project Report Form​
- Opens in excel spreadsheetItemized Budget Template ​- Opens in excel spreadsheetInvoice Template
- Opens in excel spreadsheetProject Timeline Template ​- Opens in new windowGrant Reallocation Request Form​


Frequently Asked Questions on MCSS Grants:​​

My organization qualifies for more than one grant. May I just submit one application for all grants?


No. A separate application is required for each grant.

Will my application be reviewed on a first come first serve basis?


No. Except for the non-competitive grants, all applications will be reviewed after the submission deadline.

What if I have more questions after reviewing the NOFA?


You may reach out to MCSS by sending an email to mcss.mcss@maryland.gov​​.

My organization is a local public school system. How do I know how much I am eligible to apply for in the Safe Schools Fund grant?


Because this is not a competitive grant, the allocation for each local school system is provided in the NOFA for the Safe Schools Fund Grant. Please refer to the “Allocation” section on the Safe Schools Fund Grant NOFA for the allocated amount for your institution.

How can I check the status of my application?


Except for the non-competitive grants, all applications received will be reviewed after the grant submission deadline has been reached. Generally, an entity can expect a notice of grant award approval/denial within thirty to sixty days after the grant submission deadline.

Please refer to the “Important Dates” section in your NOFA for more information. You may also reach out to MCSS directly via email at mcss.mcss@maryland.com.

How do I know if my organization is eligible for a particular grant?


Please refer to the “Eligibility Criteria” on the NOFA to confirm if your organization is eligible to apply.​

When should I expect my notice of approval or denial?


Generally, an entity can expect a notice of grant award approval/denial within thirty to sixty days after the submission deadline.

Can my organization still apply even though I may have received funding for this grant in the past?​


Yes. All applications will be considered.

Will I be able to amend my grant after it has already been approved?


Yes. In order to amend or realign grant funds, please download and fill out the Addendum & Grant Funds Realignment Request form. Send the completed form along with relevant support documentation to mcss.mcss@maryland.gov​

When can I submit invoices?


Invoices can be submitted on a quarterly basis, provided award is in compliance. Awards deemed not in compliance will result in invoices not getting paid. Proof of completion of work must be included with all submissions.

Is this a multi-year grant?


No. Funds allocated through this grant are only available for use in the fiscal year in which it is granted. Refer to NOFA for the specific grant performance period.​

Can I withdraw my application? What if I was already approved?

Yes. An application may be withdrawn. Please send an email to mcss.mcss@maryland.gov​ to withdraw your application.

You may also request to cancel an application that has already been approved for which a NOGA was not provided. Please send an email to mcss.mcss@maryland.gov​ with request.

An award which has already been approved with a NOGA issued, may be terminated by one or both parties with written notice.  If the award is terminated before the end of the funding period, an accounting of the year-to-date expenses must be provided within 30 calendar days after termination.

Who owns the equipment purchased with the grant funds?


The grantee owns the title to equipment purchased with grant funds; however, it is important to note that the equipment must only be used by the program or project for which it was acquired.