Friday May 29, Saturday May 30, Sunday May 31

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 74 and a low around 54. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Some storms could be severe. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 66 and a low around 44. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 60 and a low around 39.


The Maryland Governor has approved outdoor dining as of 5pm today. Restaurants must:

  • Ensure patrons are appropriately distanced with no more than six people seated at a table, with the exception of members of the same household.
  • Ensure patrons are seated at least six feet away from each other, except for households seated together.
  • Use single-use disposable paper menus or sanitize reusable menus between each seating.
  • Sanitize outdoor tables and chairs between each customer seating.
  • Train staff in the current CDC COVID-19 health and workplace guidelines.
  • Begin screening procedures including daily temperature checks of all staff.
  • Ensure staff wear masks or face coverings when interacting with other employees or patrons.

We have added the outdoor dining to our COVID-19 restaurant resource guide and here are the spots able to offer outdoor dining right away:

  • Black Bear Tavern
  • Deep Creek Funzone (formerly Smiley’s)
  • Dutch’s at Silver Tree
  • Greene Turtle
  • The Honi-Honi
  • Mountain State Brewing Company
  • Pine Lodge Steakhouse
  • UNOs

Please be patient with all of our eateries this weekend: the Governor’s rules are new and may take some major adjustments and growing pains.

We wanted to note that Pine Lodge Steakhouse is a new advertiser with a recently remodeled dining room! You won’t be able to enjoy the new features just yet but PLS is one of the hot spots at the lake able to offer outdoor dining on their patio! They serve only the finest cuts of beef, fresh seafood like jumbo lump crab cakes and Pacific Rim Ahi Tuna, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, and more… also, we can’t forget to mention the local favorite, creamy crab soup!

The Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation has published its current & future projects pertaining to Deep Creek Lake & the surrounding watershed.

“Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles today announced the filing of a suit in federal court against the owners of the Luke Paper Mill for seepages into the North Branch Potomac River that threaten public health and the environment.”

License-free fishing days are this summer on June 6, June 13, and July 4 — you don’t need a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration.

After receiving and reviewing public input, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has selected the state’s 2020-2021 migratory game bird hunting seasons. These selections are now awaiting final approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

What a dramatic sunset captured by Betsy Potts! WOW:

Betsy Potts Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Thursday May 28

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers; thunderstorms are also possible after 1pm. A high near 77 and a low around 64. Southeast wind 13 to 16 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

The Maryland Governor has announced additional openings as part of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery Stage One — all of the below activities with specific restrictions and precautions:

  • Outdoor Dining Permitted
  • Outdoor Youth Sports and Outdoor Activities at Day Camps
  • Outdoor Pools
  • Drive-In Movie Theaters

MD Department of Health Reopening Info

The state tourism office has put together fun Maryland-centered activities for when you’re at home. Download Maryland Mad-Libs, Old Line Bingo, Free State Scavenger Hunt, Maryland Statue Challenge, This or That, Maryland Style, Maryland virtual backgrounds, choose “Only Three”, Maryland Bucket List, Choose Your Maryland Quarantine House or virtual Maryland Jigsaw Puzzle here.

The state office also has free travel brochures to view or you can request a hardcopy. Deep Creek is in our hearts but this is good material for planning other family vacations.

Several grant awards, totaling over $1.7 million, were approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works. This funding will be used to expand local broadband infrastructure to over 1,300 local addresses.

There are a total of 10 COVID-19 cases in Garrett County; no new cases thus far this week.

“Anglers are enjoying some very good fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass in Deep Creek Lake.” – May 27 Maryland Fishing Report.

l’aurait shared this sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD with us. WOW!

l’aurait Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday May 22, Saturday May 23, Sunday May 24

The weather today will be showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm; a high near 65 and a low around 53. Saturday and Sunday look to be good: partly sunny, with isolated showers; highs around 70 and lows around 55.

Many of us are looking forward to kicking-off the Deep Creek summer in a traditional way but please remember while many restaurants are open, it is for carryout only. You must cover your face when inside any retail or personal service establishment and group gatherings are limited to 10. Vacation rentals are open, and visitors are welcome here (there’s no longer a 14-day quarantine request), but the county and rental companies request that renters attempt to be as self-sufficient as possible.

We wanted to also note, the Deep Creek staple, the Honi-Honi Bar is not open per the governor’s orders. Their lawn is not open and docks are not in the water.

There are a lot of new guidelines for everyone to deal with but the lake is open. You can definitely still have a good time in Deep Creek it just may look a little different this year. And, let’s all be kind.

Our local community response to COVID-19 has been nothing short of amazing. Here’s the volunteer coordinator, Courtney, sharing more:

In case you didn’t see it yet, this month’s cover story is on that same volunteer program.

Here’s the photo guide to the Common Maryland Snakes

WFWM Radio is playing all of the DelFest favorites this weekend (since the annual festival was canceled)

The 25th Walk For Hospice is still on for June 21, 2020 but will be a virtual event to honor those they have served. They will be taking sponsorships for placement on the shirts until June 12th, 2020 if you would like to have your business or memorial included starting at $100.00 each. Please contact Donna with ANY questions at or 301.616.3593.

Our Deep Creek Lake temperature gauge is a good place to get a general idea of the Lake’s surface temperature. This morning, the water’s surface and the air temperature are close.. who’s going for a swim?!

Deep Creek Lake Air and Water Temperature

We hope you have an opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day and honor our fallen service members. Take care!

Thursday May 21

The weather today will be cloudy, with a high near 56 and a low around 51. Rain likely, mainly after 2pm. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

We enjoyed a spectacular sunset last night — Gena Sweeney captured it for us!

SO, food is on my mind: is 9am too early to be thinking about lunch?

The Manor is offering a takeout special this week and for Memorial Day. Tonight is spinach and parmesan stuffed chicken. NY Strip, Petit Filet with Crab and Cream Sauce, and more. See the details on their website.

Alpine Lake Resort’s Lakers Lounge has also reopened to offer curbside pickup. See the full limited menu and hours here. Um, one word to say here: RIBS.

Black Bear Tavern is back, too! Carryout today 12-8. They have one-price-fits-all Quarantine Cocktails for $7: The drinks you’ve been missing like a Black Bear Lemonade, José Margarita, Jack & Pepsi, and Bloody Marys. 

Pine Lodge Steakhouse has some great news: their restaurant remodel is nearly complete and they will be reopening to the public tomorrow, May 22, at 4pm!

There was a reminder of the local order for employees and customers to wear a face covering when inside any business.

Jay Ferguson shares that the extremely limited availability of rental docks isn’t likely to change any time soon — consider a lot with an exclusive slip as the only 100% guarantee for a slip each year.

The May 20 Fishing Report from MD DNR: “Anglers at Deep Creek Lake report that the walleye are biting well in the evenings on a variety of lures, but jerkbaits tend to top the list. Retrieving and then pausing seems to get the most strikes. Smallmouth bass are starting to be found in the spawning areas close to shore and aggressive males are striking a variety of lures.”

Friday May 15, Saturday May 16, Sunday May 17

The weather today will be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72 and a low around 58. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 70 and a low around 56. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 68 and a low around 57. A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm.

Garrett County is moving into Stage One of the Roadmap to Recovery today at 5pm. Vacation rentals needed to be addressed in Garrett County (in addition to the Governor’s “low-risk” openings) and have been approved to open with additional safety measures in place.

As part of the Stage One reopening, Maryland residents are still urged to work from home if they can. A requirement that people wear masks in public areas indoors will remain in effect. Limits prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people will remain in place, with the exception of religious gatherings.

Here’s additional guidance that was shared with us: “What to Expect When you Attend Mass”.

Ruth Enlow Library is going to be opening as well. Here are all of the details.

There will be DUI Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Garrett County sometime between May 17 and May 23.

Garrett County Public Schools voted on a significant turf and athletic complex project for both Northern and Southern High Schools at their most recent meeting. The project is estimated to cost about $2.5 million in special funding.

Garrett County Public Schools has also announced that the 2020 graduation ceremonies for both Northern and Southern High Schools will be a mix of “virtual” and “in-person” accolades.

Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. – Aging and Nutrition is seeking a Supports Planner/Case Manager. Deadline for applications: 4 pm, Monday June 15th.

Hydrilla treatments will continue at Deep Creek Lake in 2020; the planned herbicide treatment dates are as follows:
June 8 – first hydrilla treatment
June 30 – second hydrilla treatment
July 21 –  third hydrilla treatment
August 18 – fourth hydrilla treatment

DUI Checkpoint

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Garrett County, sometime during the week of 5/17/20 – 5/23/20.  The goal of the checkpoint is to reduce the number of drunken and drugged drivers on Garrett County roadways and to educate the public on the dangers of drunken driving.

The Maryland State Police will be assisted by Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.

A Message from the Ruth Enlow Library

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County is happy to announce that due to loosened restrictions in Garrett County, we will be providing curbside service at all branches on Monday, May 18, with the following hours:

Main Library:  Monday-Friday 11:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Accident Branch:  Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Friendsville Branch:  Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Grantsville Branch:  Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Kitzmiller Branch:  Monday and Wednesday 4:00-6:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00-1:00

How does this work?

You can place holds on materials within the Ruth Enlow Library system at or by calling during our opening hours and we will contact you when they become available.  When you arrive at the pickup library, call the front desk for instructions.  At the Grantsville Library, the drive-thru window will be employed for this service – simply drive up to the side of the building during opening hours.

At this time, only employees will be allowed in the buildings.

What if I have books to return?

The book return slots are being reopened and we appreciate your returning all materials here.  Due to health concerns, we will not be able to accept materials returned by hand.

What if I have materials that are late?

Late fees remain suspended until the buildings are reopened to the public.  Until that point, if you feel uncomfortable returning them, you are welcome to hold on to them.

What if I have fines blocking my card?

We will not be accepting payment in person during this period, but you are welcome to mail checks made out to “The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County” to our Main Library at 6 N Second St., Oakland, MD 21550.

Can I request materials from Washington or Allegany County? 

At this time, our delivery service will only cover Garrett County.

What about interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan will unfortunately be unavailable for the immediate future.

When will you be opening the buildings to the public again?

When statewide restrictions have been loosened further, we will be reopening to the public with social distancing measures in place.  At this time, we do not have a date for this step, but we have been working to prepare our facilities to welcome you back.

When will you be holding events again?

That will depend on the guidelines set by the State and the County’s Health Department.  At this point, sadly, we do not anticipate holding any Library programs at our facilities through the summer, but will work to develop new and fun things to do online.

What if I have materials to donate? 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations at this time.

How do I know the books are safe?

All materials, once returned, will be quarantined for 72 hours to ensure that any potential for contamination is removed, following best practices recommended by the State Library Resource Center.

Thank you for your patience, everyone – we hope to see you soon!

Thursday May 14

The weather will be partly sunny with scattered showers with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm; a high near 67 and a low around 58. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Governor Hogan will be lifting the “Stay at. Home” order and will be implementing a “Safer at Home” order as of tomorrow at 5pm with local jurisdictions having the flexibility to move to Phase 1 of his recovery plan. The Garrett County Commissioners will be holding a meeting today at 1pm to direct the specifics of the local orders; it will be streamed on Facebook @Garrett County Government.

Mountain Laurel Medical Center has earned a Community Health Resources Commission grant in the amount of $195,000 over two years. The funding will go to the food security and diabetes management programs.

Tri-County Council of Western Maryland serves as a source for financing for small businesses seeking to locate or expand in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties. Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $500,000 for business acquisition, building improvements, equipment purchases, business start-up costs, working capital, and more.

A local economic recovery task force developed the “Garrett County Roadmap to Reopening: Best Practices for Businesses & Attractions.” You may utilize this document as a tool to help to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 as a customer or visitor to local store or service-based business.

A special thanks to Kelsey Brinegar for sharing her “Oriole in the Snow” photo with us:

Friday May 8, Saturday May 9, Sunday May 10

The weather today will be rain. High near 47 and low around 22. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Tonight rain and snow showers likely before 2am; little or no snow accumulation expected. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 37 and a low around 30. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 52 and a low around 36. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

“A new coat may be the perfect Mother’s Day gift this year as temperatures in several major cities across the United States will dip lower than those that were recorded on Christmas Day.”

I’d like to start by wishing the best mother in the universe a Happy Mother’s Day! I love you!

Jim Chason sent us this one! Very cool:

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed several significant bills that lawmakers passed during an abbreviated legislative session this year. Here’s a quick list of those bills that were vetoed: Kirwan Commission Reforms, HBCUs, New Taxes on Tobacco, Nicotine and Digital Ads, Adding Sales Tax on Digital Downloads, New Baltimore Crime Resources, New Checks on Long guns, Prescription Drug Review Board and Funding for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

A new secure drop box has been installed at the front entrance of the courthouse. The box will easily receive a legal-sized deed (8 ½ x 14) from the attorney/title company offices. Also, any payment or paperwork can be dropped in the box.

Many local voters have already received their ballots for the June 2 primary election (I received mine!). Here’s more info:

Governor Hogan has modified a few orders that are relevant to folks in the Deep Creek Lake area for boating, beaches, camping, and fishing. Thanks to the Friends of Deep Creek Lake for sharing the details

IMPORTANT—The Maryland stay-at-home order remains in effect.
If folks come to Garrett County from outside the state, they are expected to self-isolate for 14 days in order to prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus.

EPA Region III (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and D.C.) has recently received funds to perform Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBAs), and they are currently seeking candidates.

Enjoy your weekend and say hi to your moms from me!  🙂

Thursday May 7

The weather today will be sunny, with a high near 54 and a low around 37. West wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Have you read the latest Cover Story? Our Garrett County community is amazing!

Governor Hogan yesterday announced that there were “Permitted Outdoor Activities” such as outdoor exercise activities (walking, hiking, running, biking, or individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities); outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing, hunting, shooting, and archery; recreational boating; horseback riding; and vi. visiting cemeteries.

These activities MUST BE DONE IN COMPLIANCE with the rest of his orders.

It looks like there will be a “new normal” developing here in Garrett County (and the rest of the world) and we will work hard to keep you updated with specifics.

The Town of Friendsville is holding a spring cleanup for all residents:

Friendsvilles CleanUp Flyer

BlackBear Tavern & Restaurant is holding their weekly photo contest —  winner of a $50 gift card will be chosen!

The Manor Steakhouse is kicking off their takeout specials tonight!
* Seafood Lasagna with Garlic Bread -$15.00
* Mini Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy – $12.00
* Grilled Chicken Dinner Salad – $13.00
* New York Strip Steak with Baked Potato & Vegetable Medley – $21.00
* Chicken Parmesan over Angel Hair Pasta – $16.00

Friday May 1, Saturday May 2, Sunday May 3

Welcome to May!

The weather today. will be cloudy with a high near 51 and a low around 39. Scattered showers, mainly after 10am. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 61 and a low around 52. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 64 and a low around 46. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Showers likely, mainly before 2am.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales has created a few zoom backgrounds for you to download. We are all wishing we were at the lake, that’s for sure! Also, Taylor-Made is giving away a Deep Creek Vacation! Nominate a first responder to win.

Locally, the Garrett County Health Department is reporting the Roadmap to Recovery Will Be Slow Process.

The Maryland Attorney General has issued an Advisory about stimulus payments — on April 29, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-04-29-03 prohibiting financial institutions from garnishing this financial assistance, except as related to child support.

St. Peter’s Church has shared with us that there will be a group prayer today, Friday May 1st, at 3pm (EDT).

There’s a free bear-proof container listed in our Online Marketplace. Contact John at 202-812-5393.

Check out the Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas for information on common invaders and how to properly remove them.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Keep in mind, locally, we have the portal at to organize donations and generosity of our community. I should also mention on a state-level, there is also the Maryland Unites portal.

The April Where Am I?! winner was Robert Clark. Congrats! Take your guess in the May contest.

The next public meeting will be held Monday, May 4, 2020 at 4pm and will be streamed on Facebook.

AccuWeather is making a prediction for Summer 2020 weather:


Roadmap to Recovery Will Be Slow Process

“The Governor’s plan isn’t designed to open everything at once,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “The recovery plan is a series of three stages, first allowing “Low Risk” activities to begin and moving into “High Risk” activities as benchmarks are achieved.  This safe, effective, and gradual approach to reopening the state is the only way we can reopen while still combating the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The governor noted that Four Building Blocks need to be firmly in place before the state can consider lifting restrictions. Those include expanding testing capability, increasing hospital surge capacity, acquiring more personal protective equipment, and a robust contact tracing operation.

Maryland is expected to continue to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, since the state is increasing the number of tests being completed. Because of this, the main gauge officials will use to determine when the first phase of recovery can begin is the statewide rate of hospitalizations and the number of patients admitted to ICU.

“I want to stress that each of these recovery stages will need to be instituted in a safe, gradual and effective manner,” Governor Hogan said. “If we try to rush this and if we don’t do it in a thoughtful and responsible way, it could cause a rebound of the virus which could deepen the economic crisis, prolong the fiscal problems and slow the economic recovery.”

Stage One: Low Risk activities would begin and the stay-at-home order would be lifted. It would enable some small shops and certain small businesses to open. Elective medical and dental procedures at ambulatory, outpatient and medical offices would be allowed, as would limited attendance at outdoor religious gatherings. Recreational boating, fishing, golf, hiking and hunting also would be permitted.

“As we begin to reopen, it will continue to be important for Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, to continue to stay home as much as they can,” said Governor Hogan. “All Marylanders should continue to avoid crowds and gatherings, and they should continue to practice physical distancing and to take precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their fellow Marylanders.”

Stage Two: Medium Risk activities would begin, enabling a large number of businesses and activities to come back online. Businesses that reopen during this period would need to comply with strict physical distancing and appropriate masking requirements. The stage includes numerous steps over many weeks toward recovery. It would include raising the cap on social gatherings and allowing indoor religious gatherings. Restaurants and bars could open with restrictions.

Stage Three: High Risk activities would beginHowever, the Governor’s plan notes that there is no realistic timeline yet for achieving this level. It would allow larger social gatherings and reopening high-capacity bars and restaurants, as well as loosening restrictions on visits to nursing homes and hospitals. It would also include reopening entertainment venues and allowing larger religious gatherings.

Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery lays out a plan to gradually and responsibly reopen Maryland’s economy while protecting the public’s health.

Thursday April 30

The weather today will be cloudy with a chance of showers. High near 57 and a low around 41.

We were asked to share: the project going on now at the intersection of Mosser Road and will U.S. 219 is primarily to widen the intersection. There will also be upgrades to the signal and resurfacing.

County. United Way and Wal-Mart will collect food items in Allegany County for the Western MD Food Bank on May. 5, 2020.

Garrett County Community Action is also collecting food here in Garrett County for individual distribution on several dates:

Friendsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Saturday, May 2nd 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department
Friday, May 1st 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Accident Volunteer Fire Department

Wednesday, May 6th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Southern Rescue Squad
Thursday, April 30th 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department
Tuesday, May 5th 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The MAERDAF fund has announced Fiscal 2021 application information. This grant is financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts.

Local resident Len Shindel is working on commemorating the Garrett County Road Worker’s Strike. That link is to the Baltimore Sun newspaper and it may not open but the victory was a to allow the workers to join the union.

Fentanyl contaminated drugs are becoming an increasing problem in Garrett County. The local health department has launched a campaign, Fentanyl Fast Facts, to help educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl.

Here’s a large home for sale just minutes from the lake. Listed by Jay Ferguson with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales:

Fentanyl Fast Facts Campaign Launches to Educate Public

By Diane Lee, Public Information Officer, Garrett County Health Department

Fentanyl contaminated drugs are becoming an increasing problem in Garrett County. The Garrett County Health Department has launched a campaign, Fentanyl Fast Facts, to help educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl along with treatments and harm reduction strategies that are offered for opioid addiction and overdoses.

Fentanyl is a very powerful synthetic opioid. It is over 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine and can even be pressed into counterfeit pills. Because of this, people are unaware they are even ingesting fentanyl. This is what makes fentanyl so dangerous, and often times, fatal.

The Behavioral Health division of the Garrett County Health Department is available to provide Medication Assisted Therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other resources to those who suffer from substance use disorder.

There is also an Overdose Response Program in place which provides free training and Narcan, a medication used to reverse a fentanyl overdose. If you are interested in attending a training and receiving Narcan, call the Overdose Response Program Coordinator at 301-334-7724. For behavioral health services, call 301-334-7670.

This campaign is funded by the Maryland Department of Health and SAMHSA.

Rural Maryland Council Opens Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Programs

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) is pleased to announce it is accepting letters of intent to apply for the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) for the Fiscal Year 2021 funding cycle.

Information about these grant opportunities and access to the online application can be found at Letters of Intent must be received by Friday May 29, 2020.

During the recent shortened Legislative Session, the legislature approved the State’s Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget which includes $6,327,575 in funding for MAERDAF and RMPIF. Awards are subject to funding availability.

“This important funding supports the states’ five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development and our rural health care organizations”, said RMC Executive Board Chair John Hartline. “The Rural Maryland Council would like to thank Governor Larry Hogan, Speaker Adrienne Jones of the Maryland House of Delegates and President Bill Ferguson of the Maryland Senate for their strong support in providing the necessary funds to improve the quality of life in rural communities.”

The Council will conduct two virtual information sessions to review program guidelines and criteria as well as answer questions from participants. Sessions will be held on Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 10:00 am and Friday May 8, 2020 at 10:00 am.

Log-in information can be found on the Council’s website, Individual appointments will also be available during the week of May 11, 2020. Please contact the RMC office at to schedule an appointment.

Important Dates for the FY2021 Grant Cycle:

  • Grant Process Opening: Monday, April 27, 2020
  • Call for Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Full Application Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020
  • Awards will be announced by Monday, August 17, 2020


The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) offers financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts. The Fund also provides targeted financial assistance to community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance offerings. The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund provides funding for targeted investment to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s traditionally disadvantaged and underserved rural communities.