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Base Realignment & Closure
Higher Education in Maryland

September 2008


For immediate release: September 2, 2008    

Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511

BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund Request for Applications to be released

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 2, 2008) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission is releasing a Request for Applications (RFAs) for initiatives to address the State’s higher education needs related to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund, administered by MHEC, will fund various programmatic initiatives directly related to BRAC educational needs.

“This initiative was one of the O’Malley-Brown administration’s top priorities during the 2008 General Assembly Session,” Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr., said. A total of $3 million was provided by Governor O’Malley in the fiscal year 2009 budget through the Higher Education Investment Fund.

The award range for grants will be between $50,000 to $250,000 depending on the scope of the project. The grant period will run from December 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009. Applications may be submitted for one funding cycle only.

Eligible grant applicants include:

  • Maryland two- and four-year public or independent institutions of higher education;
  • Maryland research institutions;
  • Maryland Regional Higher Education Centers; and
  • Maryland private career schools approved by MHEC.

    Grant applicants may include additional partners in the application, such as other higher education institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations, or any other entity that can and is willing to add value to the project.

    The Request for Applications can be found on MHEC’s website at: www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/index.asp

    The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 326,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.

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