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College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Fax: 301-934-7704

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County
Harriet Yaffe


Charles County Government Grants: The Charles County Board of Commissioners awards grants to nonprofit organizations in Charles County. Applications are open to 501(c)(3) organizations without regard to field of interest or mission, age, or size. The Charles County Charitable Trust serves as the administrator of grant program funds. Information for FY18 is available at

Zonta Club of Charles County: Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Charles County is seeking requests for assistance from organizations who meet our criteria to receive financial assistance of up to $10,000 and who will provide hands-on service opportunities for our 35 members.

Qualified organizations are those who implement service programs to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and/or professional status of Charles County women. Applications must be received no later than April 15, 2017.

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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

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. is a portal where organizations and individuals can electronically find and apply for grants from the federal government. provides information on grants and financial assistance for nonprofits.