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Charles County
Cara Fogarty
cfogarty@csmd.edu
301-659-3182

Michelle Sullivan
msullivan1@csmd.edu
240-988-3096

St. Mary's County
Harriet Yaffe
hyaffe@csmd.edu
240-725-5432

Grants

FY 2018 MAERDAF Call for Proposals: The Rural Maryland Council is proud to announce for Fiscal Year 2018 the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) Call for Proposals is now open! Please visit rural.maryland.gov/maerdaf_rmpif/ to access instructions, guidelines, and the Call for Proposals form. Deadline for Call for Proposals is June 9, 2017, 11:59pm.

Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Maryland Volunteers:  The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor's Service Awards. In its 34th year, the Governor's Service Awards honor individuals and groups for exemplary service and contributions to Maryland's communities. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017. To submit a nomination or to learn more, visit gosv.maryland.gov/governors-service-awards.

Weinberg Foundation Maryland Small Grants Program: Nonprofits in Southern Maryland are eligible to apply. Since its inception in 2007, the Small Grants Program has awarded hundreds of grants totaling more than $24 million to hundreds of Maryland and Northeastern Pennsylvania nonprofits. Funding is available for up to four years. Organizations are required to take a year off between every two years of funding. There is no deadline for grant requests and a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is not required.

Governor's Grants Office: Welcome to the Governor’s Grants Office, a Governor’s Coordinating Office that was created in 2004. The Grants Office helps state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations find, win, and manage grants. You will find a host of information and training materials about grants and the life cycle of grants management on this site. You can search for an available state grant or foundation grant and click on links to take you to sites where federal grants are posted. Please note that generally, grants are not made to individuals or small businesses. Sometimes there are exceptions, primarily for artists, scientists, and researchers. 


Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Maryland Volunteers

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor's Service Awards. In its 34th year, the Governor's Service Awards honor individuals and groups for exemplary service and contributions to Maryland's communities


Local Resources

Consultants: Need advice or guidance on strategic planning, financial management, board development or marketing? The Nonprofit Institute can help! We have partnered with consultants who will offer their services to nonprofits on a pro bono basis or for a reduced rate. In St. Mary's County, contact Harriet Yaffe and in Charles County, contact Cara Fogarty.

Foundation Information Network: Southern Maryland Libraries host the Foundation Information Network, a funding information database from the Foundation Center. Please note - you must be in the library to access the database.

  • The Nonprofit Resource Center at the Charles County Public Library hosts the Foundation Information Network, a funding information database. Free events for nonprofits are offered regularly. Contact Shannon Bland, Funding Information Network Librarian, at sbland@ccplonline.org.
  • Grant seekers in St. Mary’s County can visit the Lexington Park Branch to access the Foundation Information Network. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. Contact Jen Cavanaugh, Funding Information Network Supervisor, at jcavanaugh@stmalib.org.
  • Calvert Library Prince Frederick Branch houses the Foundation Information Network. The library has a current print collection of materials on grantmakers and guides to proposal writing, as well as free in-house access to three Foundation Center databases. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. Contact Jen Seidel, Funding Information Network Librarian, at jseidel@somd.lib.md.us.

Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland (HRASM) is a membership-based organization that provides networking, educational, advisory, and training opportunities to HR professionals in Southern Maryland.  Members are offered activities and programs for professional growth and improvement while meeting and networking with other locally based professionals.

Southern Maryland SCORE is a not-for-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as business mentors. SCORE is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE offers mentoring services and workshops.

Download the SCORE Guide to Starting a Nonprofit

Download the SCORE publication - Business Planning Tools for Nonprofit Organizations


State Resources

Enoch Pratt Free Library has a Grants Collection; these materials can be sent to your local library for free. Online resources include how-to and subject guides, including How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland.

Maryland Nonprofits LogoMaryland Nonprofits: Maryland Nonprofits is a membership-based organization that offers professional development opportunities and special events. Some resources are free, but most are available to paid members.

Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV): This is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. GOSV funds AmeriCorps State programs and recognizes volunteer service. They are also an advocate for effective volunteer program management on behalf of the Governor of Maryland.

The Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services (MCDVS): Volunteer administration organization that offers resource and leadership development for volunteer services professionals. Membership based, with some scholarships available for trainings.


National Resources

GrantSpace is a free service of the Foundation Center that provides training, tools, and many other resources for nonprofits.

National Council of Nonprofits: This site contains useful tools & resources. The Council is a central coordinator, identifying emerging trends and sharing proven practices. Free reports are available on the site. Sign up for two free e-newletters.

Blackbaud: A leading provider of nonprofit services and software, Blackbaud’s industry surveys are based on primary and secondary research. You can access them for free on the site.

National Center for Charitable Statistics features high quality data on nonprofit and their relationships to other sectors.

BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions.


Federal Resources

Start a Nonprofit using federal guidelines.

Grants.gov is a portal where organizations and individuals can electronically find and apply for grants from the federal government.

Grants.gov Community Blog features content and resources to assist with applying for federal grants.

BusinessUSA.gov provides information on grants and financial assistance for nonprofits.