The Community Enhancement Grant Application Process has been updated as of March 2021. Applications can now be submitted electronically.

To apply for a Transportation Community Enhancement Grant please use the Maryland OneStop Portal website at as the preferred method of application. The latest electronic grants application and details on the application process can be found by clicking on this link: MAA Community Enhancement Grant Form. Detailed program information and application instructions can be found in the Community Enhancement Grant Guidelines. Please read these guidelines before submitting a grant application.

NOTE: If this is your first time using the MD OneStop Portal you will need to register to create an account. Please contact Karen Harrell at 410-859-7550 or or email to with questions on the Community Enhancement Grant program or application process.

History of the Program

After the 2001 legislative session, Senate Bill 276 entitled Department of Transportation – Citizens Committee for the Enhancement of Communities Surrounding Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was signed into law. This bill was introduced by Senator James DeGrange, Sr. with the support of Delegates Mary Ann Love, Theodore Sophocleus and James E. Rzepkowski. It is codified in Maryland Transportation Code Annotated Section 5-414.

Senate Bill 276 established the Citizens Committee for the Enhancement of Communities Surrounding Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). This Committee consists of eleven members appointed by the Secretary of the Maryland Department Transportation (MDOT) after recommendation by the members of the legislative delegation from legislative districts 12, 13 and 32. These appointees serve a three-year term, and the terms are staggered.

The intent of this legislation is to provide benefit to those citizens living in the communities impacted by the daily operations of BWI Airport, by allowing them the opportunity to apply for grants for transportation related projects. Typical projects include, speed humps, streetscapes, bus shelters, sidewalk repairs etc. These communities must be located within the 1998 certified Airport Noise Zone or within two miles of the outermost noise contour.

The Community Enhancement Committee (Committee) reviews and evaluates the grant applications from eligible communities to ensure that all grant requirements are met. The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) and MDOT Legal Office represent the Department on the committee. Representatives from State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) also provide comments and recommendations on projects associated with their agencies, as well as local government before the recommendations are then forwarded to the Secretary of MDOT for approval.

The funding for this program comes from the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund and is budgeted through the Office of the Secretary. The yearly funding formula is equal to one dollar for every aircraft take-off and landing at BWI Airport for the most recently available calendar year.

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