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Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's County Government Grants: County governments award grants annually 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 >>

New:  LSM Emerging Leaders Program Scholarships: Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders (LEAP) program provides educational programming opportunities to new or emerging leaders in the Southern Maryland region. Through a series of six "experiences," young leaders will facilitate, foster, and refine their individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum and a focus on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking. Scholarships are available for the 2021 class.
Deadline: Friday, Sept. 25

Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids for Our Future Initiative: These grants seek to improve the health and well-being of children. Food Insecurity Grants focus on programs, in and outside the school environment, that attempt to address gaps in delivering food and nutritional education to children. Mental Health Grants focus on programs that foster collaboration between stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits, to address mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children. U.S. nonprofit organizations and school systems are eligible to apply.
Deadline: September 30, 2020

New:  Delaplaine Foundation: This private family foundation is dedicated to the enrichment of communities and families within Maryland, nearby states, and the District of Columbia by supporting programs to strengthen the arts and sciences, historical preservation, educational advancement, spiritual enlightenment, and well-being.
Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 1

New:  Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium Seed Grants: Seed Grant applications are available from the Southern Maryland Heritage Area/Destination Southern Maryland. Funding is available up to $5,000 for projects and organizations within the certified heritage area of Southern Maryland.
Deadline: Friday, Oct. 9

New:  Truist Foundation: Focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities, or educational equity.
Deadline: November 30, 2020

New:  CSX Philanthropy: Military and First Responders: CSX Community Service Grants assist organizations within the CSX service network that make a strong, quantifiable impact on their greater communities.
Deadline: Applications may be submitted Jan. 1 - Dec. 15

New:  Corina Higginson Trust: The Corina Higginson Trust makes grants to organizations based in or benefiting the greater Washington Metropolitan area. Typical grant awards are about $5,000 to $7,500. The Trust does not fund scholarships or brick and mortar projects.
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 is a portal where organizations and individuals can find and apply for grants from the federal government.

Local Resources

Southern Maryland Nonprofit Directory: The Nonprofit Institute is developing an online, searchable database of the 2,600+ nonprofits serving those who live, work, and play in Southern Maryland. We anticipate launching the directory in advance of Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020. Your input to the development of this new tool is welcomed. Please send your questions and suggestions about the Southern Maryland Nonprofit Directory to

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 Shannon Bland.
  • Grant seekers in St. Mary’s County can visit the Leonardtown 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 resourcesFor more information, contact Christine Biglin.
  • 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.

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 >