Maryland was fortunate enough to be one of nine states to receive a grant in late 2017 from the federal government’s Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Grant to State Entities Program. Maryland was awarded $17.2 million over five years to expand and create new charter schools. Maryland’s Department of Education wasted no time putting this grant money to use. MDE has already started to award $900,000 subgrants to approved nonprofit organizations operating or opening charter schools in the state. This money is to be used for training staff, purchasing supplies, equipment and technology, recruiting students, and, most importantly, making repairs to facilities.