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College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Fax: 301-934-7704

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County
Harriet Yaffe

Grants & Opportunities

Leadership Southern Maryland Seeks Projects for Class of 2019: Nonprofits in St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties are invited to submit project proposals for the next Leadership Southern Maryland class. The projects enable LSM class members to connect with local nonprofits and become a part of lasting change in the region. Previous projects include marketing plans, data analysis plans, board development plans, transportation solutions study, and many more. 

The deadline to apply is noon, July 31, 2018.

Maryland Historical Trust Non-Capital Grants: The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) will soon begin accepting applications for the next round of Historic Preservation Non-Capital grants. Non-Capital grants provide support for a wide variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archeological, or cultural resources. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and local jurisdictions. A dollar-for-dollar cash or in-kind match is required of all local jurisdictions, but not of nonprofits or state agencies. However, those projects that do include funding from other sources are more competitive in the grant selection process. The maximum grant award for each application is $75,000 and total funding for FY 2019 is $300,000.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) due date is July 9, 2018.

Washington Nationals Community Ticket Grant Program

The Washington Nationals offers complimentary tickets to community groups and charities. Tickets are granted based on the organization's mission, the individuals they serve, and their ability to fully utilize any donated tickets. Consider giving your volunteers tickets to a Nationals game as a way of thanking them for their service to your organization!

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Blue Crabs Ticket Vouchers Available for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are welcome to request ticket vouchers for Blue Crabs baseball games. Once you receive the ticket voucher, you'll redeem it at the box office for the game you want to attend. The tickets are available first come, first served and are available all season (or until all vouchers are claimed).

Contact Julie Muster Bryson, Executive Office & Citizen Response Manager, Commissioners' Office, Charles County Government: or call: 301-645-0695

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. 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

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. 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.