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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. 

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of Charles County

Thursday, Dec. 10, 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

Workforce Re-Entry Toolkit: From UST, by nonprofits, for nonprofits. 

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


COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund: An additional $20 million in funding is now available to nonprofits and small businesses through the Maryland Department of Labor. The award -- up to $50,000 per applicant -- is designed to help minimize the need for layoffs. Applications will be accepted until funding is exhausted (or 30 days after the State of Emergency ends).

New: National Environmental Education Foundation: Restoration and Resilience COVID Recovery Fund: This fund is for public lands impacted by increased use due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public lands include parks, nature areas, and other green spaces. Nonprofit organizations, state or federal government agencies, federally recognized tribes and local governments, and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500. Deadline: Dec. 1, Feb. 1, April 1, and June 1.

St. Mary's County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund: Applications are still being accepted for this relief fund designed 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. Deadline: Dec. 4.

Check our Resources and Grants page for traditional grant opportunities.

Also see information about state and federal funding opportunities below.

Webinars, Meetings & Workshops

New:  Reimagining Nonprofit Fundraising
Moderated by Maryland Nonprofits' Heather Iliff, this virtual panel discussion features three nonprofit leaders who will share how they are successfully reimagining fundraising during COVID-19.
Monday, Dec. 7, 12 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

New:  How to Prepare a Grants Strategy during Uncertain Times
From Bloomerang, a review of grant strategy methods that still work, what might need to be changed, and what remains unknown. Join Rachel Werner to prepare your organization for 2021.
Thursday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

New:  PPP Forgiveness and Payroll During Year-End for Your Nonprofit
It's that time again to prepare for year-end payroll reporting. And this year, many nonprofits are also applying for Payroll Protection Program loan forgiveness. Finding the needed reports can be challenging, and knowing what can be included for forgiveness is even harder. This webinar from TechSoup offers a step-by-step guide. 
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

Nonprofit Institute Affinity Group meetings focusing on volunteer coordination, fundraising/development, and public relations/marketing/communications are held regularly.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy offers free webinars on a variety of topics.

Check our Upcoming Training page for Nonprofit Institute classes and workshops, as well as classes offered by the Small Business Development Center, the Charles County Public Library, the St. Mary's County Library, and the Calvert Library. Additional training opportunities are occasionally posted to this page as well.


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.

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 free 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.

Techsoup offers numerous resources for remote work.


MD Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: A nonprofit organization offering pro bono legal services for arts organizations.

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 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

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 Department of Labor's Work Sharing Program provides an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a temporary, non-cyclical decline in business due to lower economic activity.

New Employment Law Takes Effect Oct. 1: The new law amends Maryland’s existing Equal Pay for Equal Work (EWEW) law. Its requirements, which will apply to all private, state, and local government employers in Maryland, add to existing provisions that set nondiscrimination and equal pay standards and prohibit employers from requiring employees to keep their pay information confidential.

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 Health Connection's special enrollment period for health insurance is available until December 15. Seedco navigators can help in Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties.

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 

    Paycheck Protection Program: A simpler PPP forgiveness application is now available for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. Learn more >>

Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program: This program offers loans to nonprofit organizations experiencing cash flow problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans are designed to help small-and medium-sized nonprofits that were in sound financial condition prior to the pandemic. Eligible nonprofits must employ at least 10 people and have been in operation for at least five years.

Other Federal Resources:

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

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

Charles County Health Department offers free PPE. Fill out the request form
The Charles County Health Department also offers a PPE reimbursement program. Learn more

Maryland Manufacturing Network is a 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 >>

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