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.  

Grant Guidelines and Restrictions


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), and
  • Be in compliance with all Federal, State and local housing and human rights laws.
Availability of Funding:

Funding for CSP grants is made available through the County budgeting process and is dependent upon the resources available each budget year. All application should be aware that CSP grant amounts are subject to change from one grant year to another. CSP Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the County.

Grant Types:

Within these general guidelines, we consider the following funding request types

  • 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 project expenses such as equipment replacement, technology upgrades, or vehicle replacement. 
  • Human Service Transportation Grant may be used to fund transportation services for adults with disabilities, to access  employment, health care, and social services
  • 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. 


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

CSP Redesign

The CSP 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 the redesigned CSP grant program in FY22 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. At this stage in the process, we are curating and culling data from existing needs assessments to create a clearer overall picture of resources and gaps in human services throughout Howard County. Throughout the redesign process, CSP will remain 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 . Still have questions? Contact Megan Godfrey Jackson .

The redesign process will take place during FY20. With proposed changes to be implimented in FY22. 


FY21 CSP Application Process

FY21 CSP Grants Opportunities 

CSP applications are now closed. Below is information about the application process. 


Applications were completed and submitted online via the Howard County FluidReview Portal

Pre-Application Session:

All prospective applicants for the above funding opportunities were welcomed and encouraged to attend the Pre-Application Information Sessions. They receive technical guidance on the application process at these sessions. 

  • One-Time Grant Pre-Application Information Session was held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia in Room 337/338 on Tuesday, December 3rd from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Human Service Transportation Grant Pre-Application Information Session was held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia in Room 337 on Wednesday, December 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Operating Grant Pre-Application Information Session was held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia in Room 347 on Monday, December 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
If you would like to receive email notifications, please email to be added to the CSP mailing list.

Funding History

FY20 CSP Human Servce 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

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, CSP Manager at 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.

Report Submission Guide

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

Report Submission Guide - please use this form as a guide to complete all required reporting. CSP grant reporting is now submitted through the FluidReview portal. 

DocuSign - will be used, starting the FY20 grant season, for electronically signing Grant Agreements. Awardees 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 you need to modify an agencie's document, should reach out to Megan Godfrey Jackson, do not reply through the DocuSign system. 

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CSP Redesign

CSP is embarking on a redesign process.
Click here to learn more.