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Resources for Nonprofits During COVID-19

We are working remotely and available for consultation. Please reach out via email: or phone: 301-934-7544.

Below you will find a curated list of new and updated grants, free webinars, tools, articles, links to helpful websites, and more. This page is updated frequently.

Nonprofit COVID-19 Community Response Conference Calls

The Nonprofit Institute co-hosts two community calls. Nonprofit organizations throughout Southern Maryland are invited to join either call.

Weekly - Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of Charles County
Biweekly -Thursday, July 23, 1:30 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of St. Mary’s County  

To join the calls, contact

Reopening & Recovery Resources

Grants | Webinars & Meetings | Tools | Guidance

Southern Maryland Resources | State of Maryland Resources | Federal Resources

Additional Support

Reopening & Recovery Resources

Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery/Nonprofit Working Group Recommendations: A set of broad recommendations for the phased reopening of nonprofit organizations in accordance with the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery Plan. These recommendations do not have any authority or legal significance. Announcements by the governor as well as local implementation in your jurisdiction will ultimately inform the official policies as we move forward.

Charles County: Framework for Opening

St. Mary's County: Roadmap to Recovery

Calvert County: Navigating Our Recovery

Going Forward: Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement: From the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, a nonprofit-specific resource guide and set of recommendations to help inform your organization’s reopening decisions.

Additional Reopening Resources:

Small Business FAQs on Reopening, Safety, and Other Employment-related Topics (NFIB)
Printable pdf >>

Reopening Checklist (Workest)

Cleaning/Disinfection Decision Tool (CDC)

Visit the Additional Support section for information about securing PPE and other supplies


St. Mary's County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund: St. Mary’s County has established this relief fund to support businesses and nonprofits that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Grants may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. 

Calvert County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund: Nonprofit organizations serving Calvert County are eligible for $10,000 grants. Funds may be used for expenditures related to business interruption or expenses due to the public health emergency. The application portal has now closed. After processing this round of applications, another round of grant funding may be offered. Contact the Department of Community Resources: 410-535-1600, ext. 8803 or

Charles County: Plans have not yet been formalized for Charles County's remaining $400,000 in CARES Act funds for nonprofits. We will keep you apprised as we learn details.  

New: TD Bank Group: TD Ready Challenge: This annual initiative provides support to catalyze innovative solutions for a changing world. Grants are awarded to organizations that have impactful and measurable solutions that will help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. The theme of the 2020 Challenge focuses on addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for communities that are experiencing these impacts disproportionately. Grants will range from $350,000 to $1 million (CAD). The application deadline is August 13, 2020.

Craft Futures Fund: This is a new grant supporting creative responses to COVID-19 for craft communities. The Fund will provide one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. The application deadline is monthly through October.

The Red Backpack Fund: Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen communities, the foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis.

New: Check our Resources and Grants page for traditional grant opportunities including the Chaney Enterprises Foundation Fund.

Also see information about state and federal funding opportunities below.

Webinars, Meetings & Workshops

New: Volunteer Programs During COVID-19
Join the Catalogue for Philanthropy for a discussion about best practices and learn about ways organizations shifted their volunteers to online tasks.
Tuesday, July 14, 11 a.m.
Details and registration >>

New: Virtually Amazing: Get Your Message to the Masses Without Leaving Home
Storytelling is a proven fundraising strategy for engaging supporters and donors—but how do you do it during COVID-19? The short answer: embrace virtual technologies to share your mission and recruit new followers.

  • Create engaging videos that make your organization stand out from the crowd
  • Write memorable and effective stories about those impacted by your mission
  • Share your stories and successes using multiple communications channels
  • Establish a communication cadence to help you connect with your largest audience to date

Learn tips and watch demos to help your donor and supporter communications sizzle this summer.
Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Details and registration >>

New: Become Less Dependent on Government, Program, or Event Revenue
2020 proved to be overwhelming, to say the least. This is especially true for those of you who are leading your nonprofit’s fundraising initiatives. Has this time made you face the fact that your funding model was too dependent on government funds, large foundations, program revenue, or event donors? With all the programmatic and operational stress you’ve faced these last few months, how do you even think about what a stronger funding model looks like in the years ahead? Discover the things you should stop doing that will help you prepare for a better future of funding.
Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m.
Details and registration >>

Nonprofit Institute: PR/Marketing/Communications Network
Our regular monthly gathering is now held weekly in a Zoom room. Come share information, get ideas, form collaborations, and more. Anyone involved with public relations, marketing, communications and/or promotions for nonprofits is welcome. Zoom room details are available in our weekly email sent on Tuesdays or send an email to
Thursday, July 16 12 p.m. 

New: Capital Campaigns in the Midst of a Pandemic?: Stop, Yield, or Full Speed Ahead?!
Not sure how to proceed with your campaign or your campaign plans during these unprecedented times? Join Amy Eisenstein, CEO and Co-Founder of the Capital Campaign Toolkit, as she walks through how to make the most of your campaign plans, and modify them, during this crisis.
Thursday, July 16, 12 p.m.
Details and registration >>

New: Public Policy Advocacy During an Election Year: What Your Nonprofit Can Do and What You Must Avoid
Nonprofit and religious organizations with 501(C)3 tax-exempt status can, and should continue advocacy work throughout this year’s elections. But, leaders must be careful not to cross the line into partisan political activity that is strictly prohibited by federal law. Join Maryland Nonprofits for a review of these important rules and interpretations by the IRS. This discussion will explore what "partisan activity" means, and what actions are allowable in dealing with candidates and incumbents. Learn how you can protect your organization from threats of sanctions, penalties, or even the loss of charitable status.
Thursday, July 16, 2 p.m.
Details and registration >>

New: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits
This webinar promises practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. Learn about powerful no-cost or low-cost tools to manage your social media presence.
Thursday, July 16, 2:30 p.m.
Details and registration >>

Nonprofit Institute: Fundraising Network
This is a place to discover and share resources, learn best practices, and network with others. Anyone involved with fundraising and development for a nonprofit organization is welcome to join this biweekly meeting. Zoom room details are available in our weekly email sent on Tuesdays or send an email to
Friday, July 17, 10 a.m.

New: Nonprofit Institute Workshop: Protecting Your Organization
This free online workshop outlines the many forms of financial risk that nonprofits face and practical means to address these risks. Actions that can threaten an organization's charitable status and a board's obligation to carry out its fiduciary responsibilities will be covered. Executive directors, financial managers, and board members will benefit from this learning experience. Led by Christa Hood, CPA, Askey and Askey, CPA, LLC.
Thursday, July 23, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Details and registration >>

New: National Small Nonprofit Summit
Local nonprofits fill vital needs in our community, and often do so with small teams and limited resources. Especially now, you need advice and tips to use today. Actionable, realistic, and effective ideas on fundraising, communications, and more. And that's what this conference from the Catalogue for Philanthropy is 100% focused on.
Thursday, July 23 - Friday, July 24
Details and registration >>

The Catalogue for Philanthropy is temporarily offering its webinars free to any interested nonprofit. Recordings of recent webinars are available too. Both upcoming and previous webinars cover a range of timely topics including fundraising, board meetings, and shifts in funding, operations, and programming.

Recorded Webinars & Meetings

Tools, Tips and Tactics: A Webinar Series on Business Resilience During Times of Uncertainty
From the Charles County Economic Development Department and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, this webinar series is designed to provide businesses (and nonprofits!) of all sizes with information and resources that will assist in adjusting organizational operations and marketing efforts while working from home.
Webinar Recordings >>

New: Check our Upcoming Training page for Nonprofit Institute classes and workshops, as well as classes offered by the Small Business Development Center and the Charles County Public Library.


New: Charles County Back to Business Website: The Charles County Economic Development Department and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce have launched a GIS-enabled website that helps customers easily and quickly find businesses that are open and get more details about services, hours, links to business websites, and more. Nonprofits are welcome to add their information to this website.

New: Free Membership with Charles County Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber is offering free memberships to all nonprofits through August 31. Organizations that join will receive all of the regular membership benefits.

Virtual Fundraising Toolkit: From Network for Good, a guide to virtual fundraising and more.

Relief Wizard: Find the Right COVID-19 Support Resources
There are numerous local and national programs for nonprofits and businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your organization can be a challenge. A Relief Wizard has been established to provide an easy to use tool to navigate these programs. It will point you to the programs you are eligible for, based on your answers.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO): offers remote access to its Essentials version of the FDO through participating library systems. The FDO is a database of thousands of foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. The Charles County Public Library, Calvert Library, and St. Mary's Public Library offer access.

Boardable offers a free trial so nonprofits can continue meeting and communicating with their board and staff during this time. Use free for up to 90 days — no cost or commitment.

Techsoup offers numerous resources for remote work.

Templates to use and customize when fundraising and saying thank you in this difficult time.


New: MBAs Fight COVID-19: MBAs Fight COVID-19 is comprised of MBA students from business schools around the United States who offer pro bono consulting support.

SBDC Training: The Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center offers a range of training options that some nonprofits may find applicable.

SCORE Mentors: Available for free, remote consultations for any nonprofit or small business owner.

Jitasa: Free Consultations: Jitasa, a nonprofit accounting and bookkeeping service that works exclusively with nonprofits, is offering free 15-minute or 30-minute one-on-on consultations with experts about the SBA loan options for nonprofits.

Community Law Center: Brief Legal Advice: Community Law Center staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys are available to answer your legal questions regarding your nonprofit organization.

DonorPerfect: Offers 10 fundraising event alternatives, including templates and examples.

Tech Impact: Offers free advice to any nonprofit that needs help with remote work. Request a consultation via its website.

Ask-an-Expert from BoardSource is typically a member benefit, but during this time it is available free to all nonprofit organizations. Additionally, BoardSource compiled an FAQ with its Ask-an-Expert Team.

Council of Nonprofits: Policy updates about coronavirus (COVID-19). If your organization is involved in advocacy or follows federal and national legislative action, you may want to sign up for the newsletter.

Southern Maryland Resources

Small Business Development Center

Charles County Economic Development Department

St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development

Calvert County Economic Development Department

Maryland Resources

New: Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative
The Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative is designed to help organizations address revenue reductions and expense increases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Housing and Community Development will handle the majority of this $50 million initiative with the aim of helping to stabilize and sustain a range of nonprofit operations, including affordable housing and disability-focused nonprofits.

  • New: At least $30 million via DHCD to nonprofit organizations engaged in the economic recovery, health and human services and housing of underserved communities and underserved populations. Details are now available from the Department of Housing and Community Development and an application will be available by July 22. Read more >>
  • New: $10 million via DHCD for nonprofits licensed by Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Read more >>
  • Up to $8 million will be allocated to nonprofit applicants that have already applied for relief through the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund. This grant was available in the early days of the pandemic and funds dried up quickly; these funds will be used to help pending applicants beginning July 20. Read more >>
  • New: Another $3 million of the total will be awarded through the Maryland State Arts Council’s Emergency Grant Program. Read more >>

Learn more about the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative >>

Relief Wizard: Find the Right COVID-19 Support Resources
There are numerous local and national programs for nonprofits and businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your organization can be a challenge. A Relief Wizard has been established to provide an easy to use tool to navigate these programs. It will point you to the programs you are eligible for, based on your answers.

Maryland Department of Commerce covers business- and employer-related information.

Maryland Department of Labor offers specific information for employers and employees including an unemployment FAQ.

Maryland Unites: The office of Gov. Larry Hogan has provided this website as a resource with information about the Maryland Food Bank, the Red Cross, and more.

Maryland State Arts Council offers a resource page for arts organizations including information about grants, discipline-specific virtual gatherings, and more.

Federal Resources

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

    Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance Program:

  • Information and Application >> (New: The Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal on June 15 to all eligible applicants, including nonprofit organizations, experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

    Paycheck Protection Program:

Other Federal Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor offers details on COVID-19 specific leave policies for employees and employers.

IRS Extends Form 990 Filing Period: If your organization operates on a fiscal year ending Dec. 31, Form 990 needs to be filed by May 15. Due to the pandemic, the IRS has extended the deadline until July 15.

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide: A one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

Additional Support

As of 6/25, demand exceeds supply and applications are no longer being accepted: Free Cloth Face Masks are available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Available in cartons of 500. Delivery locations must be USPS deliverable addresses. Allow up to 10-15 business days for delivery. Order form >>

New: Maryland Health Connection's special enrollment period for health insurance is extended until July 15. Seedco navigators can help in Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties. Details >>

Maryland Manufacturing Network is a new state portal to find hand sanitizer, masks, and other PPE supplies. Details >>

Maryland Department of Health has a request form for Personal Protective Equipment that includes contacts in each county. If your organization needs masks, gowns, and other equipment, fill out this form to get on the priority list >> matches PPE requests with donations. Register your PPE needs >>

Blue Dyer Distilling is producing sanitizer and donating some to healthcare workers and organizations. Contact Walker Dunbar:

SOMD Mask Makers an all-volunteer force whose mission is to help Southern Maryland mask up against COVID-19. Make a request for masks >>

Also see the Guidance section (above) for pro bono assistance in the areas of accounting, IT support, and law.