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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.

Biweekly -Thursday, Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of St. Mary’s County  
Twice Monthly - Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of Charles 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


New: Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI): The State of Maryland will be re-opening the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) application for the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) on Monday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in non-affiliated, non-owned acute settings that provide services to people with disabilities licensed by BHA or DDA are eligible (other eligibility requirements apply). The application now has updated funding criteria to include grant assistance for basic operating support and an increase in the maximum grant request amount for all applicants. Eligible nonprofit organizations can receive up to $75,000 in grant assistance for operational support. Deadline: Friday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m. (The application portal may close earlier if grant requests exceed available funding.)

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. 

Charles County: The remaining $400,000 in CARES Act funds for nonprofits will be disbursed by the Charles County Charitable Trust. Details are pending/tba as of Sept. 22.

Grantmakers for Girls of Color: Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund: The Grantmakers for Girls of Color G4GC) Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund seeks to support U.S. coalitions and organizations that have been fighting historical inequities and the marginalization of girls of color well before COVID-19. The Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations (including those with fiscal sponsorship) and coalitions led by women or girls of color and/or with a primary mission to reach girls of color, fem(mes), and gender-expansive youth of color. Applications will be accepted by invitation only through November 2020; however, interested organizations can submit an interest form for consideration.

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.

New: MOVE Maryland: MOVE Maryland is a virtual day of wellness to move Maryland's nonprofits forward. It's a statewide community event to support nonprofits' important missions and amplify their voices.
MOVE Maryland is Saturday, Nov. 7.

Check our Resources and Grants page for traditional grant opportunities.

Also see information about state and federal funding opportunities below.

Webinars, Meetings & Workshops

Nonprofit Institute: PR/Marketing/Communications Network
Come share information, get ideas, form collaborations, and more. Anyone involved with nonprofit public relations, marketing, communications and/or promotions is welcome to join this biweekly meeting. Zoom room details are available in our monthly newsletter or send an email to
Thursday, Sept. 24, 12 p.m.

New:  Virtual Nonprofit Fundraising Q&A
The pandemic has shaken even the most financially stable nonprofits. With health restrictions preventing galas, benefits, and other in-person events, nonprofits are facing new fundraising challenges in the COVID-19 era. Join Vince Connelly, president of Connelly & Assoc. Fundraising, LLC, and Ernie Paszkiewicz from Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates will answer your toughest questions on how to fundraise in today’s constantly shifting economic, political, and cultural landscape.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

New:  New Law on COVID-19 Paid Leave & Back to School: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know
The networks of the National Council of Nonprofits are hosting a free webinar with speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor. This nonprofit-specific session will walk you through the requirements of the laws:

  • Explain which nonprofit employees and employers are and are not covered
  • Discuss the concept of intermittent family leave in the context of school reopening
  • Address the recent federal court decision and changes to Labor Department regulations effective Sept. 16

Thursday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

New:  Giving Tuesday & Welcome Wednesday: Tips, Strategies, and Templates to Help You Gain & Retain Donors
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, digitally connecting with donors is more of a necessity than ever before. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to stand out on Giving Tuesday and turn new donors into long-term advocates by celebrating Welcome Wednesday with the same enthusiasm through a dynamic and engaging new donor welcome series. Topics include:

  • Discover the impact of Giving Tuesday as a global day of giving
  • Craft a campaign that rallies your community and reaches new donors
  • Adopt strategies to expand the reach of your Giving Tuesday campaign
  • Make an awesome first impression with a dynamic new donor welcome series

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

New:  Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits
Join Candid and guests for a panel discussion with global nonprofit leaders as they share data-driven insights to understand the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits in the U.S. and around the world. They will also discuss how organizations are responding to the pandemic and lessons learned about navigating a crisis.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Details and Registration >>

Nonprofit Institute: Volunteer Coordinators
People who work with volunteers at nonprofits throughout the Southern Maryland region are welcome to network and share resources and best practices. We offer this meeting every other week. Zoom room details are available in our monthly newsletter or send an email to
Friday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.

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 monthly meeting. Zoom room details are available in our monthly newsletter or send an email to
Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.

New:  Maryland Nonprofits/MARFY 2020 Virtual Annual Conference
#MANOAC20 is a two-day virtual conference with more than 30 speakers sharing their expertise in serving youth and families, board development, fundraising, leadership development, collaboration, public policy, human resources, marketing, and more – plus two exciting keynote speakers and the opportunity to earn up to eight CEUs. This year's theme is Rising to the Challenge. Use discount code Partner10 to receive 10% off the registration fee.
Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 15
Details and Registration >>

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 and the Charles County Public Library.


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 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.

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


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.

New: 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: 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:

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 >> 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:

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