Community Service Partnership (CSP) Program

Howard County Government is committed to investing in the provision of critical human services by nonprofit organizations in Howard County, Maryland through the Community Service Partnership (CSP) Program. The Howard County Executive’s overarching goal is to partner with the nonprofit sector to create, enhance, and support the delivery of essential human services in the Howard County community. CSP grants provide funding to support the delivery of human services, specifically those services which meet basic needs and provide greater opportunities for individuals and families to be self-sufficient.  

For more information about eligibility, availability of funding, and grant types, please see the CSP Overview. 


  • Now Accepting - CSP Operating Grant Renewal Applications. See CSP Application Process tab below for more information.
  • CSP Redesign - CSP is continuing work on a redesign process. See CSP Redesign tab below for more information.


If you have questions about the CSP grant program, please contact Megan Godfrey Jackson by phone at , or Email
CSP Redesign

Data Summary

To inform the CSP Redesign process, a Data Summary was developed in early 2020 based on the analysis of quantitative data from 20+ sources and qualitative input gathered from surveys. Please click here to access the Data Summary.

CSP Redesign

The County is currently facilitating an inclusive redesign process to reimagine the CSP grant program in the context of today’s Howard County. Our goal is to launch a redesigned CSP grant program in late FY21 that will:

  • Align with the County Executive’s strategic priorities and data-driven performance objectives 
  • Identify and target areas of greatest need for Howard County residents
  • Partner with non-profit organizations to increase measurable impact on Howard County residents
  • Modernize structure to maximize efficiency and responsiveness

The end goal of this process is a new high-impact grant program that fully leverages the County's grant dollars in partnership with local nonprofits to drive measurable progress for the people of Howard County.  The first step in the process was curating and culling data from existing needs assessments to create a clearer overall picture of resources and gaps in human services throughout Howard County (click here to access the Data Summary).  After this initial work was conducted, the redesign process was paused due to COVID-19.  It was recently restarted and will be completed by Spring 2021.  Proposed changes will be implemented in FY22 for the FY23 grant year. 

Throughout the redesign process, CSP remains committed to addressing the barriers to stability and finding what strategies are needed to make Howard County a place of broadly shared prosperity and opportunity for all who live and work here.

To learn more, please review Frequently Asked Questions

CSP Application Process

FY22 CSP Grants Opportunities 

Currently accepting applications for: 

Check back in early 2021 for information regarding:

  • Human Service Transportation (HST) Grant 

  • Plan to End Homelessness (PEH) Grant

Applications should be completed and submitted online via the Howard County SM Apply (SMA) Portal

Operating Pre-Application Session:

The FY22 CSP Operating Grant Pre-Applicaiton session was held December 4, 2020 via WebEx. PDF of PowerPoint presentation.

For more information about the CSP Human Service Grants, please review: CSP Overview

If you would like to receive email notifications, please email [email protected] to be added to the CSP mailing list.

Grant Award History

FY21 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients:

  • Operating, One-Time, and PEH Grants

FY20 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients:

FY19 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients:

FY18 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients:

FY17 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients:

 FY16 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients:

FY15 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients

FY14 CSP Human Service Grant Recipients

CSP Funding History (1983 - 2017)
This document is intended as a broad overview - historical data may be inconsistent with actual awards.  If you are aware of any discrepancies in the figures provided, please call 410-313-5996.

Current Grantees

Current CSP Grant Recipients

Signing Your Grant Agreement

DocuSign – All CSP grant agreements will be signed electronically using DocuSign. Awarded agencies will receive their grant agreement directly from DocuSign. The email from DocuSign will be sent to the individual identified as the contract signatory on the Point of Contact form submitted with the respective grant application—please make us aware of any changes in this point of contact immediately. Linked below are directions on how to sign and return grant agreements. No witness is required as DocuSign serves as the witness.  Any questions regarding grant agreements or If there is an issue with the agreement received by your agency, please reach out directly to Megan Godfrey Jackson [email protected], do not reply through the DocuSign system. 

How do I sign? Click Here

How do I assign someone else? Click Here

Important Information 

  • Record Retention for CSP Grants is 3 years from the end of the grant year.
  • Grantee must maintain status as a nonprofit entity.
  • Grantees are responsible to submit 2 copies of an IRS Form 990, Annual Financial Review, OR an Annual Audit to Megan Godfrey Jackson. DUE March 1st.
  • Grantees must remain in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
  • Grantees are required to obtain and maintain general liability insurance during the life of their CSP Grant.

Grant Reporting

Operating Grant

Reporting Schedule: Operating Grant reporting is due either semi-annually or quarterly (see Section V. of your Grant Agreement to determine the reporting schedule for your organization's grant). Reports are due 15 days after the close of the reporting period. See chart below as a guide.

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All CSP Operating Grant recipients must submit a Narrative Report, Performance Measures Report, Expenditure Report, and Financial Report following the applicable schedule above. FY21 CSP Operating grant reports should be completed following the instruction guide below and using the applicable forms posted below. All reports should be submitted to [email protected] by the due date.

Report Forms:

One-Time Grant

Reporting Schedule: One-Time Grant reporting is due quarterly until such time as the project is fully completed (see Section V of your Grant Agreement for more details). Reports are due 15 days after the close of the reporting period. See chart below as a guide.

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Instructions: All CSP One-Time Grant recipients must submit a Narrative Report and Expenditure Report following the schedule above. FY21 CSP One-Time grant reports should be completed following the instruction guide below and using the forms posted below. All reports should be submitted to [email protected] by the due date.

Report Forms:

Important Forms:

  • CSP Point of Contact Form - if the information on the Point of Contact form submitted with your application changes, please submit an updated form to the Grant Manager
  • Budget Modification Request Form - please complete all 3 sections (2 tabs) and sign the form prior to submission.  Approval from the Grant Manager must be acquired prior to initiating any budget changes resulting in a modification of 10% or more of any line item
  • Request for Grant Funds Form - form can be signed digitally. Please do not select option "lock document after signing". DCRS will need to complete the "DCRS staff use only" section to process payment. 

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