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Charles County
Cara Fogarty
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Michelle Sullivan
240-988-3096

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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

New and Emerging Solutions that Improve Access to Healthier Food: Walmart.org seeks Letters of Intent from community-based organizations offering programs that increase access to healthier food in innovative ways. The programs should reach regions and/or populations that have higher than average rates of food insecurity. Community-based organizations are given priority consideration.

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2019



Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium Seed Grants: The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium is accepting applications for its Seed Grants (formerly known as mini grants). Funding up to $5,000 is available.

Nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the borders of the Certified Southern Maryland Heritage Area (comprised of significant portions of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties) are eligible to apply. Request an application by sending an email to SMHAC Executive Director Lucille Walker.

Deadline: Sept. 20, 2019



SMECO Corporate Charity: Nonprofit organizations working to end the opioid epidemic in Southern Maryland are invited to apply for consideration to be selected as SMECO’s 2020 Corporate Charity. SMECO’s main fundraisers are the SMECO 75 Bike Ride in June and the Annual Charity Golf Outing in October.

To be considered, organizations must be located in SMECO’s service area and working to address the opioid epidemic through education, prevention, or treatment. Organizations that have received contributions from SMECO’s charity events between 2015 and 2019 are not eligible.

SMECO may select a single organization that provides services throughout Southern Maryland or disburse the funds among multiple organizations located in each county served by the Co-op.

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2019



Community Arts Development Grants: The Charles County Arts Alliance offers two types of Community Arts Development Grants: General Operating grants for arts organizations, and Special Project grants for nonprofit organizations that present activities in the performing, visual and literary arts.

Deadline: Oct. 4, 2019

For more information, contact the Charles County Arts Alliance or call 301-392-5900.



Grant 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: 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 October 15, 2019



Nonprofits Needed to Host Senior Training Opportunities: 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. 

Nonprofits partnering with SCSEP are able to grow with their support, fulfilling various on-site needs, for example, reception area/registration, entry-level booking, inventory assistance, customer service, etc.

For more information, contact Jody Cabi or call 301-374-1162.



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


Funding 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.

Maryland 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.


Southern Maryland SCORE is a nonprofit 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) and offers mentoring services and workshops.

Download the SCORE Guide to Starting a Nonprofit

Download the SCORE publication - Business Planning Tools for Nonprofit Organizations


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.



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.

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 Candid (formerly 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. 

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.

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.

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

Grants.gov Community Blog features content and resources to assist with applying for federal grants.

BusinessUSA.gov provides information on grants and financial assistance for nonprofits.



Workshop & Course Resources

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

Handout: Candid Resources

Handout: GuideStar Profile


Annual Grants Training: Logic Models
Sept. 21, 2018

Download the PowerPoint presentation


Social Media Platforms: It's More than Just Posting-How to Create an Effective Social Media Communications Plan
Sept. 25, 2018

PowerPoint presentation

Sample Social Media Calendar

Social Media Strategy Framework