Maryland Town Manager Circuit Rider Grant

The Maryland Town Manager Circuit Rider Grant enhances the management capacity of small town governments by providing grants which allow them to hire public management professionals. A professional administrator "Rides Circuit" by serving on a part-time basis several towns in the same area and provides expertise in public administration, financial management, planning and community development.

Existing circuits se​rve 19 municipalities in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent and Queen Anne's Counties.

Eligible Applicants

Small municipalities, counties, and regional governmental organizations form a consortium to sponsor a circuit and hire a professional staff who will serve two or more towns.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is determined by the inability of participating municipalities to afford full-time, qualified professionals and their willingness and ability to contribute pro-rata shares of the matching requirements.

Funds Available and Terms

The annual funding allocation is determined by an appropriation of the General Assembly each year.

Local Government involvement

Each local government making a request for Circuit Rider funding must identify a work program and commit to its pro-rata share of the cost.

Technical Assistance

The following types of assistance are available to applicants:

  • Developing a work program for a Circuit Rider
  • Preparing the grant application and budget
  • Recruiting and interviewing candidates for the position of Circuit Rider

More Information

CONTACT: Cindy Stone
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 
Division of Neighborhood Revitalization 
7800 Harkins Road, 
Lanham, MD 20706 
E: cindy.stone@maryland.gov​
P: 301-429-7519, 1-800-756-0119
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