Maryland Higher Education Outreach and College Access Program

The Maryland Higher Education Outreach and College Access Program (MD-HEOCAP) is a
state grant program that provides funds to eligible nonprofit organizations increasing college​ ​and career awareness and college completion for low-income Maryland high school students.
Through this grant, eligible nonprofit organizations receive funds to carry out statewide outreach ​efforts. ​These outreach efforts support and encourage low-income Maryland high school​ students to attend and complete college.

Purpose: The purpose of the Maryland Higher Education Outreach and College Access
Program (MD-HEOCAP) is to:
  • Encourage low-income Maryland high school students to attend and complete college.
  • ​Connect potential college and university students with nonprofit organizations that have a history of successful higher education outcomes for low-income high school students.
  • ​Create a matching fund for nonprofit organizations to increase outreach efforts for low-income students.
  • ​Provide funding for nonprofit organizations that are established in the community to provide targeted outreach to encourage low-income students to enroll in college.​
  • Increase the number of low-income students attending and succeeding in college.
Authorization: Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article, Subtitle 11. Maryland Higher
Education Outreach and College Access Program, §§ 11-1101 through 11-1107.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for five (5) or more
consecutive years that meet the following minimum criteria:
  • Located in Maryland.
  • ​Have established partnership(s) with a local school system or higher education institution.
  • ​Provide college access activities, communication, and services with a proven track record of success.
  • Offer services to enhance and increase college access and completion for low-income Maryland high school students.

Project Period: September 15, 2023 – September 30, 2024

Application Due Date: September 8, 2023 by 4:00 p.m.
FY 2024 Request For Proposals  - ​FY 2024 MD-HEOCAP RFP 

Appendix A (PDF)                                                                               Appendix A (Word)

Appendix B (PDF)                                                                               Appendix B (Word)

Appendix C (PDF)                                                                               Appendix C​  (Word)

​For additional information, please contact Kendall Cook at 

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