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Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

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Harriet Yaffe


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.


Grant: American History and Civics Education Academy Program Grants

  • Purpose: To support the establishment of Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history, civics, and government education; and Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students opportunities to enrich their understanding of these subjects
  • Funder: U.S. Department of Education
  • Eligibility: An institution of higher education, or nonprofit educational organization, museum, library, or research center with demonstrated expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history and civics; or a consortium of these entities
  • Deadline: July 24
  • Amount: 6 awards from total funding of $1,815,000
  • Contact:

Grant: Teacher Supply Boxes

  • Purpose: To provide essential school supplies to pre-K-12 teachers of children in need
  • Funder: Kids in Need Foundation
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a certified pre-K-12 teacher in the United States and work for a school in which 70% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches.
  • Deadline: August 14
  • Amount: Two large boxes containing a predetermined assortment of essential items, including pencils, scissors, paper, and notebooks
  • Contact:

Grant: Advancing Informal STEM Learning

  • Purpose: To advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5)Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Eligibility: Unrestricted
  • Deadline: November 6
  • Amount: 85 awards of $150,000 - $3,000,000
  • Contact:

Grant: Education Grants

  • Purpose: To prioritize programs that support education from elementary to college, with a focus on engineering, science, mathematics, and technology. The foundation also supports programs for the disabled and those that provide basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter), disaster relief, and health.
  • Funder: OMRON Foundation
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Deadline: All applicants must first submit the online application form
  • Amount: Funding awards can range from $250 to $100,000 or higher; funding is approved for one year only
  • Contact:

Youth Well-Being

Grant: Grief Reach Program

  • Purpose: To award grants to local child bereavement organizations for programs that bring grief support services to youth from ethnically diverse or low-income communities not served by existing bereavement programs
  • Funder: National Alliance for Grieving Children
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations; 50% of the children served must be from low-income families, or 50% of the children must be from minority communities
  • Deadline: August 7
  • Amount: Up to $100,000
  • Contact:

Grant: Kids Run for the Nation Fund

  • Purpose: To award grants to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs. Program goals must include motivating kids to run regularly (at least once a week for multiple weeks) as opposed to participating in a single event. Funds may be used to purchase marketing materials; host a program website; offset fees for permits or usage fees for a local park or running track; purchase hydration supplies; purchase participation awards (ribbons, shirts, patches, etc.); and/or purchase mileage logs or other written materials.
  • Funder: Road Runners Club of America
  • Eligibility: Running clubs, running event sponsors, and other organizations with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide an organized afterschool running programs also are eligible.
  • Deadline: The grant application period will open August 1 and close October 1.
  • Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Contact:

Grant: Child/Youth Health, Education, Development, Job Training, Family Support and Community Development Grants


Grant: Accessible Golf

  • Purpose: National Alliance for Accessible Golf
  • Funder: To support golf programs for individuals with disabilities
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies such as a public school or municipality
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Amount: Grants rarely exceed $20,000
  • Contact:

Grant: Public Humanities Projects

  • Purpose: To support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. Projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming are encouraged. The grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement: Community Conversations (supports one to two-year-long series of community-wide public discussions that bring together a diverse group of residents to address important topics relevant to their town or city, guided by the perspectives of the humanities); Exhibitions (permanent exhibitions that will be on view for at least three years, or travelling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States); Historic Places (the interpretation of historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions, which might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs).
  • Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, special district governments, city or township governments, county governments, state governments, Native American tribal governments
  • Deadline: August 9
  • Amount: Up to $1 million
  • Contact:

Grant: Housing For Everyone Grants

  • Purpose: To support projects/programs that fall within the theme of Affordable Housing for Single Parent Families. Applications must highlight the ways in which funding will create new or preserve existing units of safe, clean, physically accessible affordable rental housing for families headed by a single individual (parent, grandparent, or guardian). Applications need to include details on access to medical and health services; proximity to schools, employment opportunities, day care centers, shopping, community and transportation services; and adaptability to the changing needs of today's modern families.
  • Funder: TD Charitable Foundation
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations with a mission/focus that promotes affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals.
  • Deadline: September 1; notifications of awards will be made by mid November 2017
  • Amount: Twenty-five grants of $125,000 will be awarded to the best grant competition applications received companywide.
  • Contact:

Grant: USArtists International Program

  • Purpose: To support performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S.-based organization; be international in scope with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival
  • Funder: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be professional dance, music, or theater ensembles or solo artists (including practitioners of folk and traditional forms), or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. If the applicant is an ensemble (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country), the majority of its members must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. If a solo performer, the applicant must be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Deadline: September 7
  • Amount: Up to $15,000
  • Contact:

Grant: Outdoor Music Concert Program

  • Purpose: To support organizations presenting a minimum of ten free outdoor concerts over ten consecutive weeks between May 1 and November 15, 2018
  • Funder: The Levitt Foundation
  • Eligibility: The proposed music series must take place within the United States in small to midsized towns and cities with a population of up to 400,000 people and within a metropolitan area with a population of no more than one million. For towns or cities located within a metro area with a population that exceeds one million, the town or city must be at least twenty-five miles from the anchor city of the metro area. In addition, applicants must display a successful track record of presenting professional quality concerts or community events, or apply with a partner organization or individual that has done so. Applicants must also demonstrate dollar-for-dollar matching funds from other sources such as foundations, municipalities, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, or businesses. The foundation will host an informational webinars on July 18 from 2 - 3 p.m. and August 23 from 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Deadline: October 2
  • Amount: Grants of up to $25,000 in matching funds will be awarded to a minimum of ten U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit.
  • Contact:

Grant: Domestic Violence Safe Housing

  • Purpose: To help victims of domestic violence and their animal companions stay together during times of crisis.
  • Funder: RedRover
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations with a primary mission of sheltering victims of domestic violence
  • Deadline: October 15
  • Amount: Up to eight grants of up to $6,000; the one-time grants are intended as start-up funding to initiate a project, and it is expected that the funds will enable the housing of at least one pet within a year of the project's completion.
  • Contact:

Grant: Performing Arts Touring and Collaborative Projects

  • Purpose: To help increase access to Japanese performing arts in the United States and Canada, especially outside major metropolitan areas; to foster an understanding of these arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances; and to support collaborative projects between Japanese and U.S./Canadian performing artists. Projects must present Japanese performing arts and/or conduct performing arts collaboration between Japanese and American/Canadian artists. In addition, the project must explicitly include educational and/or community outreach activities. All projects must commence between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.
  • Funder: Japan Foundation
  • Eligibility: Grants are awarded only to U.S. or Canada-based nonprofit organizations.
  • Deadline: October 31
  • Amount: The maximum grant amount awarded during the 2017-18 grant cycle was $29,750.
  • Contact:

Grant: Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

  • Purpose: To award Safety Grants (auto and roadway safety, teen driver education, home safety and fire prevention, disaster preparedness, and disaster recovery); Community Development (assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development), Community Development Grants (affordable housing, job training, neighborhood revitalization, small business development, financial literacy, first time homeownership), and Education Grants (teacher development, service-learning, education reform/systemic improvement)
  • Funder: State Farm Companies Foundation and State Farm
  • Eligibility: Educational institutions; programs conducted by municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with State Farm's charitable focus; 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations; 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies; 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce
  • Deadline: October 31
  • Amount: Amount requested must be $5,000 or more.
  • Contact:

Featured Resources

Free Resources From the Nonprofit Development Center

The Nonprofit Development Center is a unique program offering free resources to help you grow your nonprofit! To participate your organization must have its 501(c)3, 4 or 6, make less than $750,000 in annual revenue, and be less than 10 years old. Maryland Nonprofits Members who meet the eligibility requirements should apply! You'll receive over $1,000 in additional "Power Up" benefits including a free Annual Conference registration, free consulting time, and more. To apply for these funds go to:

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. Community Blog features content and resources to assist with applying for federal grants. provides information on grants and financial assistance for nonprofits.