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Charles County
Cara Fogarty
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Michelle Sullivan
240-988-3096

St. Mary's County
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Professional Services Hub

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The Professional Services Hub is 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 this pro bono service, please contact:

Michelle Sullivan, Program Specialist
Cara Fogarty, Coordinator, Charles County




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 >>



Maryland Heritage Areas Authority logoMD Heritage Areas Authority Grants: The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) awards capital grants of up to $100,000 and non-capital grants of up to $50,000 for projects related to the preservation of historical, archeological, natural, and cultural resources and support economic development through heritage tourism. Nonprofits, local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal agencies are eligible to apply.

Contact Lucille Walker, Executive Director, SMHAC to determine eligibility.

Deadlines:
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020:
Mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) due

Friday, April 3, 2020: Completed grant applications due. Applications reviewed by Southern Maryland Heritage Areas Consortium and sent to MHAA by May 1.



Catalogue for Philanthropy logoCatalogue for Philanthropy: The Catalogue's mission is to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes. For nonprofits‚ it means increased visibility through the distribution of the annual print Catalogue‚ events‚ and campaigns. Participating nonprofits also have access to resources and educational workshops throughout the year to help elevate their capacity to do good.

Please note, for the Southern Maryland region, nonprofit organizations headquartered in Charles County with an annual operating budget between $100,000 - $4 million are eligible.

Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020



Southern Maryland Women's League logoSouthern Maryland Women’s League 2-Year Grant Project: The Southern Maryland Women’s League Foundation, Inc. is accepting applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations for its Two-Year Project Grant Funds.

Applicants should use the SMWL Mission Statement (to promote, strengthen and support women in our community through fellowship, education, service, and mentoring programs) as the basis for their projects.

Deadline: Friday, Jan. 31, 2020



Scott Circle Purpose PRogram logoThe Purpose PRogram: Scott Circle Communications, a Washington, DC-based public relations firm with a mission to make the world a better place, offers a no-cost professional development program for area nonprofits. The customized, six-month training program aims to help nonprofits strengthen skills to boost their public profile.

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020



GOCCP logoGrant Funds to Support Security Enhancements for Houses of Worship: The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has funds available for houses of worship and religious institutions. The Protecting Religious Institutions Grant provides financial support for religious congregations of all faiths to make security enhancements to houses of worship in Maryland and protect religious institutions from hate crimes.

The application process is open to nonprofit, faith-based entities with appropriate tax status, and applications will be considered and awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available. Eligible entities may only submit one application. GOCCP will not consider requests for capital improvements or information technology projects in excess of $200,000 under this grant.

Deadline: May 1, 2020

For more information, contact Robyne McCullough or call 667-967-9022.



Philip L. Graham Fund logoPhilip L. Graham Fund: The Philip L. Graham Fund awards grants to organizations providing programs and services in the areas of education, health and human services, community enrichment, and the arts. Communities served span the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties.

Deadline: The next Letter of Intent (LOI) due date is April 15, 2020



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.

Additionally, 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 services, please contact:

Michelle Sullivan, Program Specialist
Cara Fogarty, Coordinator, Charles County


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 must complete an online form, providing contact information and number of certificates needed. 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.



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