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.

 

The Nonprofit Institute co-hosts two community calls. Nonprofit organizations throughout Southern Maryland are invited to join either call. 

Wednesday, May 12, 1 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of Charles County

Thursday, May 13, 1:30 p.m., in partnership with the United Way of St. Mary’s County

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

Resources

 

New: The Maryland RELIEF Act of 2021 provides funding for new grant programs for nonprofits to be administered by several state agencies. More details in this FAQ.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering nonprofit grants through county agencies:

St. Mary's County: Department of Economic Development ($375,00.00) - application opens May 7
Charles County: Charles County Charitable Trust ($540,078.00) - application opens TBA
Calvert County: Department of Community Resources ($306,086.00) - application opens TBA

Per DHCD, priority goes to those organizations that did not receive NORI funding in 2020. Details and application information are pending from Charles and Calvert counties. 

 

From the National Council of Nonprofits, an analysis of the key provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

New: Humanities Organizations emergency relief grants provide up to $500,000 to cultural organizations and educational institutions to support humanities projects across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research for one year. Applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. Relief funding may be used for activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff at cultural organizations across the country. Applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. Deadline: May 14, 2021

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application is open.

 

The PPP Extension Act of 2021 extends the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and provides an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. Read more

 

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: June 1.

 

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.
Wednesday, June 9, 4 p.m.
Details and Registration

 

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.

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. 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

New: The Maryland RELIEF Act of 2021 provides funding for new grant programs for nonprofits to be administered by several state agencies. More details in this FAQ.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering nonprofit grants through county agencies:

St. Mary's County: Department of Economic Development ($375,00.00) - application opens May 7
Charles County: Charles County Charitable Trust ($540,078.00) - application opens TBA
Calvert County: Department of Community Resources ($306,086.00) - application opens TBA

Per DHCD, priority goes to those organizations that did not receive NORI funding in 2020. Details and application information are pending from Charles and Calvert counties. 


 

New: As part of the Maryland RELIEF Act, the Maryland State Arts Council will distribute $5 million to independent artists, arts organizations, county arts Agencies, and arts and entertainment districts. Per the legislation, MSAC will prioritize grants to organizations that have not received prior funding from MSAC or do not qualify for funding under other MSAC programs.

 

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.

 

New: From the National Council of Nonprofits, an analysis of the key provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

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

  • New: If you applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you may be eligible for the employee retention credit (ERC). Under section 206(c) of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, an employer who is eligible for the employee retention credit can claim the ERC even if the employer has received PPP. Read more
  • New: The Paycheck Protection Program is extended through May 31 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Read more
  • The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is extended through December 2021. Read more
  • The SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program is an emergency assistance grant program for eligible venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application portal opens on April 8. Read more

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.

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