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La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-7544

Charles County
Cara Fogarty
301-934-7544

Michelle Sullivan
240-988-3096

St. Mary's County

Robin Finnacom
240-725-5458


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 >>




Volunteer Maryland logoLeverage your Volunteer Program with Volunteer Maryland: Volunteer Maryland and its partners mobilize volunteers to address critical community needs. Discover how a strategic partnership with VM can strengthen your volunteer program and increase community engagement. VM places AmeriCorps member who serve as Volunteer Coordinators full time for 11 months.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020



Chaney Foundation Fund logoChaney Enterprises Foundation Fund: Chaney Foundation grants support the work of nonprofit organizations serving within the Chaney Enterprises service area which includes Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties. Grants are given within the following priority giving areas:

  • Education and Workforce
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Arts and Culture
  • Safe Workplace

The Chaney Enterprises Foundation Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. Requests for $10,000 to $50,000 will be considered.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020



LSM logoLeadership Southern Maryland Info Sessions: Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month, tuition-based program to develop leaders from the Southern Maryland area for regional collaboration. Information sessions offer a thorough explanation of the program and the application process.

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Calvert County Services Plaza, Prince Frederick
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Askey, Askey & Associates, La Plata
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 9:15 – 10:15 am, Lexington Park Library
  • Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Charlotte Hall Library

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2020



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
301-374-1161
josephine.cabi@maryland.gov



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.

LSM logo

We also offer the Professional Services Hub, a resource for local nonprofits to tap into the professional expertise of Leadership Southern Maryland alumni. This partnership between LSM and the Nonprofit Institute offers 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 services, please contact:


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

grants.gov logoGrants.gov 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

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