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State Clearinghouse

Clearinghouse Review Process

The clearinghouse review process provides “One stop” help to applicants for federal and/or state financial or nonfinancial assistance. It is the single point of contact (SPOC) for development projects in Maryland. It provides a forum for citizens to become informed and to comment on projects.

In this section is information about the Electronic Maryland Intergovernmental Review and Coordination (E-MIRC) process, which is coordinated by the clearinghouse. You will find, a blank federal 424-application form, deadlines, etc. However, if you have specific questions about a program they should be directed to the funding agency. The E-MIRC process helps to ensure projects are consistent with Maryland public policy.

You may find that intergovernmental review requirements may vary from state to state and visitors from other states should contact their own clearinghouse for information. Refer to the SPOC list provided by the U.S. Office of Budget and Management, (OMB) for clearinghouse contact information for other states.

Please note that the Clearinghouse Intergovernmental Review Center does not award grants or other financial assistance .

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Benefits of the Maryland Intergovernmental Review and Coordination Process (E-MIRC)

E-MIRC notifies and transmits the views of state, regional, and local officials in Maryland. It provides a sure and simple means for learning about and commenting on specific federal and state applications.

A network of designated review coordinators working in state agencies or departments, county, local or regional government agencies work closely with the clearinghouse staff to provide comments concerning projects submitted to the clearinghouse.

The review process:

  • Encourages state agencies and local governments to comment on state and federal activities;
  • Minimizes duplication of effort and conflicting actions;
  • Identifies and addresses potential inconsistencies between state, regional and local plans and objectives;
  • Facilitates the resolution of concerns and issues before project or plan implementation;
  • Strengthens communication and cooperation between various levels of government; and
  • Promotes the development of policies that are consistent with state policies, goals and objectives.

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New and Important Grant Application and Management News:

For the latest on compliance news for state and local governments receiving Federal Funds including ARRA money, see the federal OMB Website.

Obtaining a DUNS number

An application for a federal grant or contract is not complete unless it has a DUNS number. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of entities receiving federal funds. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, simple, one-time activity; however, obtaining a DUNS number can take some time. Obtain a DUNS number by calling 1-866-705-5711 or by applying online here. (

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