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Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County

Robin Finnacom

Grants & Opportunities

Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's County Government Grants: County governments award grants to nonprofits serving residents of their respective counties. The grant proposal processes, application procedures, and due dates vary among the counties.

St. Mary's County >>   |   Charles County >>   |   Calvert County >>

Visit the Nonprofit Institute's COVID-19 Resource page for more grant opportunities and updates on local grants in progress.

Chaney Enterprises Foundation Fund: Grants support the work of nonprofit organizations serving the communities where the company does business and where the Chaney families and company employees live. Applications are open to all nonprofits in the Chaney Enterprises service area which includes Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties. Deadline: Applications accepted from July 1 through August 30

Maryland Humanities Mini Grants: The Mini Grants Program invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply for funding in support of public humanities projects, documentary film, and civic education initiatives. Deadline: Wednesday, July 1

Big Lots Foundation: Giving priorities include supporting programs or organizations in the areas of healthcare, housing, hunger, and education, especially those serving women and children. Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind. Significant partnership projects and capital requests are by invitation only. Deadline: Wednesday, July 1

Chesapeake Bay Trust: The Outreach and Restoration Grant Program encourages outreach and community engagement activities that increase stewardship ethic of natural resources and on-the-ground restoration activities that demonstrate restoration techniques and engage Maryland citizens in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Deadline: Tuesday, August 4, 4pm

The Maryland Historical Trust: FY 2021 Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant round is now open. Grants support a variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Letters of Intent are due July 17

Maryland Humanities Major Grants: The Major Grants Program supports innovative projects that use the humanities as the central resource to engage diverse groups and individuals through programming like exhibits, community dialogues, and documentary films, and include a wide variety of perspectives exploring critical issues. Deadline: For projects beginning on or after January 1 of the following year, Letters of Intent are due September 1

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): 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. Learn more >>

Contact: Jody Cabi

Local Resources

Consultants: Need advice or guidance on strategic planning, financial management, board development or marketing? The Nonprofit Institute can help. We can connect you with grant writers, attorneys, accountants and insurance professionals. Some will offer services to nonprofits on a pro bono basis or for a reduced rate.

Contact us for more information:

FDO logoFunding Information Network: Southern Maryland Libraries provides access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, funding information databases from Candid. Please note - you must be in the library to access the databases.

  • The Nonprofit Resource Center at the Charles County Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid. The library provides access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, funding information databases. For more information, contact Daniel Rheingrover.
  • Grant seekers in St. Mary’s County can visit the Lexington Park Branch, a Funding  Information Network partner of Candid, to access the databases Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. For more information, contact Jen Cavanaugh.
  • Calvert Library Prince Frederick Branch is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid. The library provides access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, funding information databases from Candid.  The library has a current print collection of materials on grantmakers and guides to proposal writing. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. For more information, contact Jen Seidel.

SOMDSBDC logoMaryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region provides training and counseling services to new and existing businesses. Designed for all stages of business development, themed workshops range from business planning, to how to comply with legal and tax issues.

HRASM logoHuman 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.

State Resources

GovernorsGrantsOffice logoGovernor'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.

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.

GOSV logoMaryland 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.

MCDVS logoThe 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.

Maryland Volunteer CertificateGovernor’s Volunteer Service Certificates: You can recognize volunteers all year long by submitting a request for Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates. The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities.

Organizations may request up to 250 certificates at a time. Submit a request at least three weeks in advance of when the certificates are needed. Contact Chiedozie Obi.

National Resources

Grantspace logoGrantSpace: A service of Candid (formerly the Foundation Center) that provides training, tools, and many other resources for nonprofits.

National Council Nonprofits logoNational 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. 

NCCS logoNational Center for Charitable Statistics: Features high quality data on nonprofits and their relationships to other sectors.

Boardsource logoBoardSource: A go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices.

AFP logoAssociation 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 is a portal where organizations and individuals can find and apply for grants from the federal government.

Start a nonprofit using federal guidelines.

Nonprofit Startup Resources

Starting a nonprofit? We can help. Contact us to begin the conversation. And check out these resources:

Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool

Assess your readiness with this tool from GrantSpace by Candid. It offers free expert guidance and directs you to resources.

Maryland Secretary of State

Charitable Organizations Division >>

Starting a Nonprofit in Maryland >>


IRS for Charities and Nonprofits >>

Legal Resources

Community Law Center >>

Workshop & Course Resources

Annual Grants Training: Grant Prospecting, Proposal Writing & Resources
Sept. 12, 2019

Handout: Candid Resources

Handout: GuideStar Profile

Handout: Finding Grants

Handout: Proposal Writing

Handout: Proposal Writing Worksheet

Annual Grants Training: Logic Models
Sept. 21, 2018

Download the PowerPoint presentation

Annual Conference Resources

10th Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference
Feb. 20, 2020

IRA Charitable Distributions: Baby Boomer Relationship Building Strategy
Presenter: Christine Parker, CFP®

Charitable Distribution from IRA Template Letter to Charity >

Charitable Distribution Request Template Letter to IRA Trustee >

Cultivation Basics for Nonprofit Sustainability
Presenter: Rachel Werner

Funder Engagement Basics Presentation >

Mindfulness for Nonprofits: Got N.U.T.S.? Get the Tools to Crack 'Em!
Presenter: Linda Lee Plank-Morgan

Got N.U.T.S.? Presentation >

Got N.U.T.S.? Worksheets >

Creating Infographics for Social Media
Presenter: Rebecca Teaff

Infographics in Social Media Presentation >

Much at Stake – A Short Course in Stakeholder Mapping
Presenter: Linda Howard

Much at Stake Presentation >

Recruiting the Board You Really Need!
Presenter: Dr. Jim Wilson

Recruiting the Board You Really Need Presentation >

Recruiting the Board You Really Need Handout >

Strategic Planning (Gasp!): How do you Know When the Time is Right and Where to Start?
Presenter: Christy Parque

Strategic Planning (Gasp!) Presentation >

Vision to Victory: Strategic Engagement for Social Good
Presenter: Tom Morley

Vision to Victory Presentation >