Grants and Resources

Visit the Nonprofit Institute's COVID-19 Resource page for pandemic relief grant opportunities and resources.


Latest Resources: 


Opening the 990: Information and Tools for Driving Impact
Beginning this year, federal tax law requires electronic filing of Form 990 for most nonprofit organizations. The Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute created an introductory e-filing brochure. 
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Consultants: Need advice or guidance on strategic planning, financial management, board development, or marketing? The Nonprofit Institute can help. We can connect you with grant writers, attorneys, accountants, and insurance professionals. Some will offer services to nonprofits on a pro bono basis or for a reduced rate.

Contact us for more information via email: or call: 301-934-7544.


Coaching/Consulting Assistance from the Nonprofit Development Center: Access free technical assistance, consulting, training programs, and more. The NDC is appropriate for those in the early stages of running a nonprofit. The NDC is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Commerce and participants must certain eligibility requirements. Find out if your nonprofit qualifies - contact:



Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): Nonprofit organizations are needed to host the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties. Community residents age 55 and older who need training in order to re-enter the workforce are placed with a nonprofit, receive a state stipend, and help fill an organization’s needs. Contact: Alan Crawley, 301-374-1142 or



Funding Information Network: 

Southern Maryland Libraries provides access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, funding information databases from Candid.

The FDO is a database of thousands of foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.

Free remote access to the Essentials version of the FDO is available through participating library systems through 2021.

  • The Nonprofit Resource Center at the Charles County Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid. The library provides access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, funding information databases. For more information, contact Shannon Bland.
  • Grant seekers in St. Mary’s County can visit the Leonardtown Branch, a Funding  Information Network partner of Candid, to access the databases Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resourcesFor more information, contact Christine Biglin.
  • Calvert Library Prince Frederick Branch is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid. The library provides access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, funding information databases from Candid.  The library has a current print collection of materials on grantmakers and guides to proposal writing. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. For more information, contact Jen Seidel.

somdsbdc-logoMaryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region provides training and counseling services to new and existing businesses. Designed for all stages of business development, themed workshops range from business planning, to how to comply with legal and tax issues.




hrasm-logo.gifHuman Resources Association of Southern Maryland (HRASM) is a membership-based organization that provides networking, educational, advisory, and training opportunities to HR professionals in Southern Maryland.  Members are offered activities and programs for professional growth and improvement while meeting and networking with other locally based professionals.


Governor's Grants Office: The Governor’s Grants Office helps state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations find, win, and manage grants. You will find a host of information and training materials about grants and the life cycle of grants management on this site. You can search for an available state grant or foundation grant and click on links to take you to sites where federal grants are posted.

Maryland Nonprofits: Maryland Nonprofits is a membership-based organization that offers professional development opportunities and special events. Some resources are free, but most are available to paid members.

Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV): This is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. GOSV funds AmeriCorps State programs and recognizes volunteer service. They are also an advocate for effective volunteer program management on behalf of the Governor of Maryland.

The Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services (MCDVS): Volunteer administration organization that offers resource and leadership development for volunteer services professionals. Membership based, with some scholarships available for trainings.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates: Recognize volunteers throughout the year long by submitting a request for Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates. The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities. Organizations may request up to 250 certificates at a time. Submit a request at least three weeks in advance of when the certificates are needed. Contact Chiedozie Obi.

Business Volunteers Maryland: Brings the talents of local business professionals to nonprofit organizations seeking volunteers and board leadership

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

Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's County Government Grants: County governments award grants annually to nonprofits serving residents of their respective counties. The grant proposal processes, application procedures, and due dates vary among the counties. 

St. Mary's County >>   |   Charles County >>   |   Calvert County >>


The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a number of grants including the Inspire! Grants for Small Museums - a special initiative of the Museums for America program, designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. 

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2021



 Chesapeake Bay Trust Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grant: Designed to engage Maryland residents in activities that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources. The Trust seeks to engage groups that have traditionally been under-engaged with environmental issues but also new applicants and organizations from a diverse array of communities. 


Deadline: Rolling (through the fiscal year until funds expended)



CSX Philanthropy: Military and First Responders: CSX Community Service Grants assist organizations within the CSX service network that make a strong, quantifiable impact on their greater communities.

Deadline: December 15, 2021



 Maryland Governor's Grants Office: Excellent resource for state grants as well as numerous others too. A portal where organizations and individuals can find and apply for grants from the federal government.




GrantSpace: A service of Candid (formerly the Foundation Center) that provides training, tools, and many other resources for nonprofits.

National Council of Nonprofits: This site contains useful tools & resources. The Council is a central coordinator, identifying emerging trends and sharing proven practices. Free reports are available on the site. 

National Center for Charitable Statistics: Features high quality data on nonprofits and their relationships to other sectors.

BoardSource: A go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices.

Association of Fundraising Professionals: (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions.

Starting a nonprofit? We can help. Contact us to begin the conversation. And check out these resources:

Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool

Assess your readiness with this tool from GrantSpace by Candid. It offers free expert guidance and directs you to resources.

Maryland Secretary of State

Charitable Organizations Division >>

Starting a Nonprofit in Maryland >>


IRS for Charities and Nonprofits >>

How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland

Step-by-step instructions >>

Legal Resources

Community Law Center >>

Annual Grants Training:  Budgeting and Planning: Improve Grants Proposals and Accountability
Sept. 17, 2021



Protecting Your Organization's Hard-Won Assets
May 20, 2021

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Legal Presentation (Samuel Baldwin)
Financial Presentation (Mary Ann Murray)
Data Breach Liability Coverage (Dan Burris)
Employment Practices Liability Insurance Coverage Endorsement (Dan Burris)


Special Events Success: Friendraiser/Fundraiser
April 15, 2021

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Friendraising vs. Fundraising Overview (Susan Vogel)
Friendraising vs. Fundraising Deep Dive (Susan Vogel)
Event Fundraising 101 (Kristin Kauffman)
Dragonboat Festival (Kristin Kauffman)


Social Media Platforms: Tracking Your Traffic
March 18, 2021

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Grant Proposal Writing
Jan. 14, 2021

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Vision in Fundraising: Nonprofit Sustainability
Nov. 17, 2020 

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Managing in Today's World: Fiscal Clarity
Oct. 20, 2020

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Annual Grants Training: Nonprofit Roadmap to Success
Sept. 25, 2020

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10th Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference
Feb. 20, 2020

IRA Charitable Distributions: Baby Boomer Relationship Building Strategy
Presenter: Christine Parker, CFP®

Charitable Distribution from IRA Template Letter to Charity >

Charitable Distribution Request Template Letter to IRA Trustee >

Cultivation Basics for Nonprofit Sustainability
Presenter: Rachel Werner

Funder Engagement Basics Presentation >

Mindfulness for Nonprofits: Got N.U.T.S.? Get the Tools to Crack 'Em!
Presenter: Linda Lee Plank-Morgan

Got N.U.T.S.? Presentation >

Got N.U.T.S.? Worksheets >

Creating Infographics for Social Media
Presenter: Rebecca Teaff

Infographics in Social Media Presentation >

Much at Stake – A Short Course in Stakeholder Mapping
Presenter: Linda Howard

Much at Stake Presentation >

Recruiting the Board You Really Need!
Presenter: Dr. Jim Wilson

Recruiting the Board You Really Need Presentation >

Recruiting the Board You Really Need Handout >

Strategic Planning (Gasp!): How do you Know When the Time is Right and Where to Start?
Presenter: Christy Parque

Strategic Planning (Gasp!) Presentation >

Vision to Victory: Strategic Engagement for Social Good
Presenter: Tom Morley

Vision to Victory Presentation >

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