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Resources for Nonprofits During COVID-19


Resources for Nonprofits During COVID-19

We are working remotely and available for consultation. Please reach out via email: nonprofit@csmd.edu 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, March 10, 1 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of Charles County

Thursday, March 11, 1:30 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of St. Mary’s County

To join the calls, contact nonprofit@csmd.edu.



Grants & Funding | Webinars & Meetings

Reopening & Recovery Resources | Tools | Guidance

Southern Maryland Resources | State of Maryland Resources | Federal Resources

Additional Support



Grants & Funding

New: The Maryland RELIEF Act of 2021 provides funding for new grant and loan programs for businesses and nonprofits to be administered by several state agencies. The RELIEF Act also provides funding for grant and loan programs to be administered by local governments. Specific details about how these funds will be administered in Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties are pending. FAQ >>


From the National Council of Nonprofits, a summary of the nonprofit provisions in the $900B COVID-19 relief legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021). (More details in the Federal Resources section.)


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: April 1 and June 1.


Check our Resources and Grants page for traditional grant opportunities.


Also see information about state and federal funding opportunities below.


Webinars, Meetings & Workshops

New:  COVID-19 Sustainability Course
Helping businesses and the nonprofit community navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19 is the goal of a new course offered by CSM. Business Sustainability During COVID-19 is virtual with live instruction to provide the latest information about COVID-19, compliance with the guidelines, reopening strategies, and skills for ensuring a resilient workforce.

This course is a part of a CARES Act collaboration between the WorkForce Center at CSM and the Charles County Department of Health. Please note the course fee is subsidized for Charles County participants. For entities outside of the county there is a $99 course fee.
March 3 - 17
Details and Registration >>


New:  Supporting Nonprofit Sustainability During a Crisis
From UST, discover tools and resources that can help you streamline human resources processes and stay compliant with state and federal regulations. Also, get your questions about federal COVID-19 relief legislation answered.
Wednesday, March 10, 1 p.m.
Details and Registration >>


New:  Understanding the Newest COVID Relief Package
In this recorded webinar from the National Development Council (NDC), get an overview of new and expanded funding streams, policy changes, and other key provisions of the recently-passed COVID-19 relief legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021). The slide presentation and other resources are also available.
Recorded Webinar and Presentation Slides >>


New:  Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program
This grant program is part of the recently passed Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and is for live venues, live performing arts organization, or cultural institutions that have been impacted by COVID-19. Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program. The Small Business Administration is holding a webinar to provide information about the grants, eligibility, and applications.
Recorded Webinar >>


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

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.



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



Tools

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): Candid.org 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.



Guidance

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.

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.

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

New: The Maryland RELIEF Act of 2021 provides funding for new grant and loan programs for businesses and nonprofits to be administered by several state agencies. The RELIEF Act also provides funding for grant and loan programs to be administered by local governments. Specific details about how these funds will be administered in Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties are pending. FAQ >>

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.

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

New: From the National Council of Nonprofits, a summary of the nonprofit provisions in the $900B COVID-19 relief legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021).

  • New: The Paycheck Protection Program resumed on Jan. 11, for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Learn more >>
  • New: The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is extended through December 2021. Learn more >>
  • New: The SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program is an emergency assistance grant program for eligible venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more >>

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

    Paycheck Protection Program: 

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

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.