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Community Mediation Performance-Based Grant

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and
Agencies for Services to Resolve Disputes

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Maryland Judiciary - Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)

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03/09/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support services that help resolve disputes within the community. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to develop new programs in areas not currently served by existing programs. The purpose of the grant is to make mediation and conflict resolution services accessible and affordable to citizens in the state.

MACRO’s Community Mediation Performance Grant Program provides funding to nonprofit organizations and government entities in Maryland that provide community mediation services that meet MACRO’s Ten-Point Model of Community Mediation. Funding is based on how well centers are meeting the ten-point model, on the number of conflict resolution intakes and sessions that a center provides, and on the amount of fundraising a center has completed.

The Ten Point Model of Community Mediation in Maryland:

  1. Train community members - who reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, income and education - to serve as volunteer mediators. 
  2. Provide mediation and conflict resolution services at no cost or on a sliding scale. 
  3. Hold mediation in neighborhoods/communities where disputes occur. 
  4. Schedule mediation at a time and place convenient to the participants. 
  5. Encourage early use of mediation to prevent violence or to reduce the need for court intervention, as well as provide mediation at any stage in a dispute. 
  6. Mediate community-based disputes that come from diverse referral sources, such as community organizations, police, faith-based institutions, courts, community members, government agencies, and the center’s outreach activities. 
  7. Educate community members about mediation and conflict resolution. 
  8. Maintain high quality mediators by providing intensive, skills-based training, apprenticeships, continuing education and ongoing evaluation of volunteer mediators. 
  9. Work with the community in governing community mediation programs in a manner that is based on collaborative problem solving among staff, volunteers and community members. 
  10. Provide conflict resolution services to community members who reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, income education, and geographic location.

To be a successful community mediation program, centers must be strongly tied to the community they serve.  For information about Community Interconnections, see Pages 5 - 10 of the application in Supporting Documents, below.

The success and strength of a community mediation center depends not only on strong community interconnections, but also on the provision of high quality services.  Centers need to have highly skilled mediators, facilitators and other ADR practitioners for the community served to receive a reliable, high quality service.  For additional information, see Pages 11 - 15 of the application in Supporting Documents, below.

Equally important to running a strong community mediation center is the ability to build and maintain a solid operational base that includes qualified staff, a board of directors that responsibly manages the center, established operating policies and practices, a physical location, and adequate financial resources to be able to provide continuous services to the public. For information about Organizational Capacity, see Pages 16 - 18 of the application in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140358

Term of Contract:

The funding cycle is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MACRO’s Community Mediation Performance Grants provide funding to non-profit organizations and government entities in Maryland that provide community mediation services in accordance with MACRO’s Ten-Point Community Mediation Model.

Funding in this category is open by invitation-only. Applicants must contact MACRO first.

Grantees may not use funds for religious, political, or lobbying

Pre-proposal Conference:

Centers may participate in the following online session to ask questions and learn more about the application:

January 22, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

RSVP to obtain meeting link.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Monday, March 9, 2020.

Funding in this category is open by invitation-only. Applicants must contact MACRO first.

Applicants who are awarded funding will receive notice in early June of 2020.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications and RSVP for the technical meeting to:
Subject Line: “NOFA #, Applicant Name, Grant Program”

Alecia Parker, Budget & Grants Director

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NOFA #: N21-0007-25G

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