Calvert County Connected Devices Grant Program

In partnership with Calvert Library and University of Maryland Extension, Calvert County Government is distributing 2,500 Chromebooks to households with incomes at or below the national poverty level. On Oct. 30, 2023, the Office of Statewide Broadband awarded Calvert County its full request for devices, valued at $496,875, plus a stipend of $15,000 to support device distribution. The award will significantly enhance the county’s efforts to bridge the digital divide and advance equal access to technology to our residents.

Households must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in any of the following programs to automatically qualify:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
  • Medicaid
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

Eligible households are limited to one device per qualifying address and must show proof of residency/home address and verification of income eligibility or participation in one of the above programs. 

Maryland’s Connected Devices grant program is designed to assist in digital equity and inclusion efforts in Maryland. The program aims to address the deficit of broadband connectivity resources available to low-income populations and provide for the delivery of internet-enabled devices to those most in need.

View more information about device investments to improve internet access for underserved households across Maryland.

Distribution Events:

Registration is available through the library website

Saturday, Feb. 1010 a.m. to 4 p.m.Calvert Library - Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way. Prince Frederick
Wednesday, Feb. 21Noon to 5 p.m.Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach
Saturday, March 210 a.m. to 4 p.m.Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
Wednesday, March 2011 a.m. to 5 p.m.Calvert Library Fairview Branch, 8120 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Owings
Saturday, April 610 a.m. to 4 p.m.Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach
Wednesday, April 171-6 p.m.Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
Saturday, May 410 a.m. to 4 p.m.Calvert Library - Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick
Wednesday, May 152-7 p.m.Calvert Library - New Twin Beaches Branch, 9101 Bay Ave., North Beach
Saturday, June 110 a.m. to 4 p.m.Mount Hope Community Center, 104 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland

Other options:

If you don’t receive a Chromebook based on availability or do not qualify based on the criteria above, library customers can borrow a Wi-Fi-enabled Chromebook, a mobile hotspot or both for a normal borrowing period of 21 days with a library card.