Resources for Nonprofits During COVID-19

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.

Read about how the Nonprofit Institute has helped nonprofits in the region during the pandemic and listen to Charles County government's podcast which recently featured the Nonprofit Institute, The Arc Southern Maryland, and Pure Play Every Day.


The Nonprofit Institute's community calls provide time for the nonprofit community to share information, collaborate, and network. The calls resume in the fall as one regional call for nonprofit organizations throughout Southern Maryland. Calls are held on the third Wednesday of every month; Zoom details are published in our monthly newsletter.




Learn more about the American Rescue Plan in this analysis of key provisions from the National Council of Nonprofits.


New: Online Sales and Telework Assistance COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program

Funding for this grant is from the American Recovery Act via the Maryland Department of Commerce. Grants may be used for any costs incurred to establish or expand online sales and/or telework during the COVID-19 pandemic (since March 2020). 

  • The Calvert County Department of Economic Development anticipates opening this grant by the end of the month. 
  • The St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development awarded all available grant funds as of Sept. 8.


New: Project Restore 
Nonprofits are eligible to apply for the Rental Assistance Grant administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant provides financial support to businesses, including nonprofits, that plan on opening or expanding into previously vacant spaces. Learn more
New: Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Recovery Grants Fund
Grants will support organizations that have been adversely impacted by the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will support general operating expenses and will be for a minimum of $10,000 with a maximum of 91 grant awards. Deadline: September 30 Learn more

Check our Grants and Resources page for traditional grant opportunities.



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.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12 p.m. / Thursday, Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m. / Wednesday, Nov. 3, 12 p.m.
Details and registration



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

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 on this page as well.

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

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 County 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.

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.

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.

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