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.  The CSP Program currently offers three grant opportunities: Operating Grants, One-Time Grants, and Plan to End Homelessness Grants.

  • Operating Grants may be used to fund the following:
    • Operating expenses to support the on-going administrative functions of an agency
    • Project expenses to support the cost of a specific program or service
    • Direct consumer assistance
  • One-time Grants may be used to fund one-time expenses such as equipment replacement, technology upgrades, or vehicle replacement. One-time Grants must be used for something that will directly serve Howard County residents. 
  • Plan to End Homelessness (PEH) Grants may be used to fund priority services, as determined by the Howard County Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency, to continue the implementation of the Plan to End Homelessness. 

To receive CSP Grant funds, all applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt status,
  • Be seeking funding for services provided to the residents of Howard County, Maryland (if the agency serves a larger geographic area, funding may only be requested for those services that are offered within Howard County, Maryland),
  • Be in compliance with all Federal, State and local housing and human rights laws, and
  • (PEH Grants ONLY) Be currently playing a critical role in the implementation of Howard County’s Plan to End Homelessness.
Availability of Funding
Funding for the CSP grants is made available through the County budgeting process and is dependent upon the resources available each budget year. All applicants should be aware that CSP grant amounts are subject to change from one grant year to another.

Requirements for CSP Recipients
There are programmatic and financial grant report requirements upon acceptance of a CSP grant award and execution of the CSP Grant Agreement. The frequency of report submissions and disbursement of funds is dependent on the size of the award. All CSP Recipients will be subject to monitoring by the Department of Community Resources and Services which will include at least on scheduled on-site visit by DCS staff.


For more information regarding the CSP Grants Program, contact Megan Godfrey Jackson, CSP Manager at 410-313-5996 (voice/relay) or email


FY2018 CSP Operating & One-Time Grant Applications

List of FY18 CSP Operating & One-Time Grant Requests

Applications for CSP Operating and One-Time Grants are CLOSED as of January 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm. 

Online Applications

All FY 2018 applications were submitted online via the Howard County Government's Fluid Review site

Mandatory Pre-Application Information Session

All interested applicants were required to have attended one of the two mandatory Pre-Application Information Sessions for the FY18 CSP Grants process that were held at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 in Room 303 on:

November 8, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm 
November 9, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 am

You only needed to attend one of the sessions as the same information was covered on both days. 
This year’s applications must be completed and submitted online therefore attendance at this year’s mandatory pre-application sessions  was important for all applicants, new and returning.  


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.




FY2017 CSP Grant Recipients

Important Information 

  • ›Record Retention for CSP Grants is 3 years from the end of the grant year.
  • The County shall conduct a monitoring visit with each grantee over the course of the Grant Period.
  • 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, CSP Manager at DUE March 1st, 2017.
  • Grantees are required to obtain and maintain general liability insurance during the life of their CSP Grant.

FY2017 Report Submission Guide

FY2017 Current Grant Recipient Forms & Documents

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

FY2017 CSP Grantee Meeting - power point document from the CSP Grantee Meeting for all CSP Operating Grant Award Recipients.

CSP Operating Grant Reporting Forms

CSP One-Time Grant Reporting Forms