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Resources for Nonprofits During COVID-19

The College of Southern Maryland is operating remotely and access to CSM's campuses is restricted to authorized employees only, through April 3. Visit the CSM Ready website >>

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

All of the Nonprofit Institute's regularly scheduled meetings are canceled through April 30. The Protect Your Organization class will be rescheduled at a later date.

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

Grants | Webinars | Tools | Guidance

Southern Maryland Resources | State of Maryland Resources | Federal Resources

New - Nonprofit COVID-19 Community Response Conference Call

The Nonprofit Institute and the United Way of Charles County invite nonprofits throughout Southern Maryland to join us on Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. for the next video conference call.

Last week's call proved to be helpful in many ways. As promised, we are gathering virtually again this week to discuss needs and develop ongoing partnerships as we all seek to assist our communities during this crisis.

Join the Zoom meeting >> or call 301-715-8592 / Meeting ID: 528-194-653


WesBanco Community Partner Relief Fund: Nonprofits in Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties providing vital relief services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000.

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation: Nonprofits in Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties providing immediate human needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply.

New: Charles County Tourism Grant: The deadline for the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism grant application has been extended through April 15.

Charles County Charitable Trust: The deadline for FY21 grant proposals from organizations serving Charles County has been extended until April 30.

Also see information about state and federal funding opportunities below.


Catalogue for Philanthropy: Hosting a Virtual Board Meeting
Discover how to manage engagement and keep quality meetings going online or on the phone.
Tuesday, March 31, 2 p.m.
Details and registration >>

The Catalogue for Philanthropy is temporarily offering its webinars and virtual workshops for free.

New: National Council of Nonprofits: Understand the Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills
Designed to help the charitable community understand what various provisions of the two federal coronavirus relief bills - Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) - mean for nonprofits.
Tuesday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.
Details and registration >>

New: Southern Maryland Veterans Collaborative
The April meeting will be held virtually. Hear about resources available for veterans.
Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m.
Join the GoToMeeting >> or call 786-535-3211 / Access Code: 554-778-277

New: Independent Sector: Navigating the CARES Act
Find out how to navigate the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Thursday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Details and registration >>

Nonprofit COVID-19 Community Response Conference Call - March 25
The United Way of Charles County and the Nonprofit Institute at CSM hosted its first virtual conference call for Southern Maryland nonprofits. Hear what the United Way and the Nonprofit Institute are doing to assist nonprofits and the community; hear from nonprofits about concerns, immediate needs, and updates about what is happening - or not happening - in their respective areas.

Listen to the recorded call >>

Read the chat transcript of the call >>


Boardable is offering 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.

Zoom offers free accounts and tutorials for online video conferencing.

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


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.

BoardSource Blog: What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation

Eventbrite Resources for Event Creators: Information, articles, suggestions, and decision-making guidance for managing your event during the pandemic.

Network for Good: Things to Think About When Canceling a Fundraising Event

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: Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland nonprofits and small businesses with disrupted operations due to COVID-19.

Maryland Department of Commerce FAQ with business-related information.

Maryland Department of Labor FAQ about COVID-19 and unemployment for businesses and employees.

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.

Federal Resources

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers several loans and grants for nonprofits. The National Council of Nonprofits offers a helpful chart detailing information on loan options, eligibility criteria, terms, and application information. Includes the Paycheck Protection Program, Expanded EIDL and Emergency Grants, and the Mid-Size Loan Program.

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ >>