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Fax: 301-934-7704

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

Professional Services Hub

LSM logoLeadership Southern Maryland and the Nonprofit Institute at CSM introduce the Professional Services Hub, offering basic legal, accounting/financial, and insurance-related counsel from LSM alumni at no initial charge.

To find out how your organization may benefit from this new service, please contact:

Harriet Yaffe, NPI Coordinator, St. Mary’s County, hyaffe@csmd.edu
Michelle Sullivan, NPI Program Specialist, msullivan1@csmd.edu
Cara Fogarty, NPI Coordinator, Charles County, cfogarty@csmd.edu


Grants & Opportunities

SMHAC Seed Grant Program: The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium is accepting applications for its Seed Grants (formerly known as mini-grants).

Funding up to $5,000 is available. Nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the borders of the Certified Southern Maryland Heritage Area (comprised of significant portions of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties) are eligible to apply. It is preferred that grant applicants reach out to the SMHAC office before applying, so that they may verify eligibility and provide assistance with the grant application process.

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For more information, contact Lucille Walker: 301-343-2771 / lwalker@tccsmd.org

Deadline: Sept. 14, 2018


Charles County Arts Alliance Grants: Nonprofit organizations and schools in Charles County are invited to apply for grants to enhance their planned programs, projects, events, and activities. Two types of arts grants are awarded each year:

  • Community Arts Development Grants (CAD) – Awarded to nonprofit organizations
  • Arts In Education Grants (AIE) – Awarded to schools

For more information, contact: 301-392-5900 info@charlescountyarts.org

Deadlines: CAD applications due Oct. 1; AIE applications due Oct. 31


Nonprofits Needed to Host Senior Training Opportunities: Nonprofit organizations are needed to host the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties.  Community residents age 55 and older who need training in order to re-enter the workforce are placed with a nonprofit, receive a state stipend, and help fill an organization’s needs. 

Nonprofits partnering with SCSEP are able to grow with their support, fulfilling various on-site needs, for example, reception area/registration, entry-level booking, inventory assistance, customer service, etc.

For more information, contact:
Jody Cabi, Employment Specialist
301-374-1162 or josephine.cabi@maryland.gov


Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program: The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart stores in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.

Deadlines: Accepted on a rolling basis until December 31.



Featured Resources

New Federal Tax Law - What Now for Nonprofit Board & Staff?

Overview, checklist, and links to more resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.

Taproot Foundation + The Nonprofit Institute at CSM

Connect with 40,000+ skilled professionals looking to donate their time and talents for nonprofits like yours on the cost-free, online platform, Taproot+. A program of the Taproot Foundation, an internationally recognized leader in nonprofit capacity building, Taproot+ matches social good organizations with experts in marketing, strategy, technology, fundraising, and more for short term, pro bono projects.

Discover what is possible with the help of skilled volunteers by browsing Taproot+’s Common Pro Bono Projects Catalog.

Listen to a workshop-style webinar - "Taproot+ Live: Craft a project ask to find the right skilled volunteer." This webinar covers all the tools you need to get started on Taproot+, the cost-free online platform that connects nonprofits with skilled volunteers for short-term pro bono projects in marketing, technology, strategic planning and more.

Register on Taproot+ to post unlimited projects, completely free of charge, and strengthen your organization through pro bono service.


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. Apply for this program.



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. The Nonprofit Institute, in partnership with Leadership Southern Maryland, created the  Professional Services Hub, offering basic legal, accounting/financial, and insurance-related counsel from LSM alumni at no initial charge.

To find out how your organization may benefit from these pro bono new services, please contact:

Harriet Yaffe, NPI Coordinator, St. Mary’s County, hyaffe@csmd.edu
Michelle Sullivan, NPI Program Specialist, msullivan1@csmd.edu
Cara Fogarty, NPI Coordinator, Charles County, cfogarty@csmd.edu


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.

  • 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) and 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

Governor's Grants Office: The Governor’s 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.

Enoch Pratt Free Library: Based in Baltimore, this 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: 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 nonprofits and their relationships to other sectors.

BoardSource: A 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.