Grants and Resources

This section offers information about grants and resources for nonprofit organizations, including new opportunities noted in our monthly newsletter. Grant opportunities appear below. Be sure to click on the Resources tab to see new and existing opportunities and the Nonprofit Startup Resources tab for pertinent information.

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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. 



New! The Southern Maryland National Heritage Area’s Seed Grant is open. This grant program is designed to further the mission “to enhance the economic activity of Southern Maryland through combining quality heritage tourism and small business development with preservation, cultural, and natural resource conservation and education." Nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the borders of the Certified Maryland Heritage Area (comprised of significant portions of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties) are eligible
to apply. 

Applications are due May 17. Learn more and apply.



New! The Rural Maryland Council's fiscal year 2025 grant cycle is open.  RMC offers two grant programs: The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) provides grants to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning; economic and community development; and agricultural and forestry education. The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) provides grants that help raise the overall standard of living in rural areas to a level that meets or exceeds statewide benchmark averages by 2030 while preserving the best aspects of cultural heritage and rural way of life. 

Phase I (Letter of Intent) applications are due May 17. Learn more and apply. A portal where organizations and individuals can find and apply for grants from the federal government.



Consultants: Need advice or guidance on strategic planning, financial management, board development, or marketing? The Nonprofit Institute can help. The Institute is staffed by Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants, representing the highest standards of responsible governance, sound management, and accountability. We can also 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. 



New! CSM Faculty, Staff, and Students Give Back to Community, Volunteer 450 Hours During Inaugural 'Day of Service'

Nearly 150 faculty, staff, and students volunteered more than 450 hours in Southern Maryland nonprofit agencies and parks as part of its inaugural CSM Day of Service event. Between March 27 and April 6, CSM volunteer teams went into the community to organize pantries; work on media strategies; sanitize toys; sort artifacts; assist with fundraising; clean a horse barn; tidy up parks and beaches; and pack nearly 8,000 diapers for distribution to parents in need.

The next CSM Day of Service will take place in the spring of 2025 (date TBA) and the Nonprofit Institute will be soliciting specific volunteer opportunities next winter.

Additionally, the Nonprofit Institute is often asked by community members and CSM staff if it knows of any volunteer opportunities. To that end, Institute staff is soliciting generic service opportunities for a master list on our website. The webpage will launch in the summer of 2024.



New! Nonprofits and Elections 2024

The National Council of Nonprofits' webinar recording, "Nonprofits and Elections 2024: Why and How You Should Engage (and Stay Nonpartisan)," and presentation slides are available.
The organization also has a new resource page, "Voting and Community Engagement," offering additional resources including IRS guidance, permitted nonpartisan activities, voter registration, ballot information, and state-by-state information. 




CSM Work-Based Learning (WBL) provides students with real-life work experiences to develop their employability skills. Employers can help shape the future workforce, evaluate potential employees in work settings before hiring, and grow talent with quick and reliable skilled labor. Learn more



Southern Maryland Media Resources: This guide includes contact information and basic instructions for contacting media in Southern Maryland. Updates and new entries may be sent to



Maryland Service Year Option and Maryland Corps Host Partnerships
The Maryland Department of Service and Civic Innovation was established by the Serving Every Region Through Vocational Exploration (SERVE) Act of 2023 with the purpose of promoting service and volunteerism in the state. The SERVE Act also launched two new service pathways for eligible youth and adults: the Service Year Option and the Maryland Corps. Nonprofits can apply to host Service Year Option or Maryland Corps members. As a host partner, you agree to provide high-quality and consistent supervision and skills that can enable the member to successfully transition to employment, an apprenticeship, or college after successful completion of the program. Learn more



St. Mary’s County Department of Health Digital Portal for Community Services
The St. Mary’s County Health Department has launched the St. Mary’s Health & Wellness Portal for community services. Community members can now be easily connected to local services supporting their health and overall well-being. Community service providers can enroll in the system and have their eligible services included. Learn more


New Meeting Room Opportunities - Free for Nonprofits!
The College of Southern Maryland offers meeting room space for use by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. These Community Rooms are classroom spaces that, when not being used for academic purposes, are available for use by nonprofit organizations free of charge.  Learn more


Did You Know? Nonprofits can post employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities on the College Central Network, the go-to career resource for CSM students, alumni, and community members of the greater tri-county region.


Maryland Secretary of State Charitable Division Town Halls: Occasional town hall meetings from the Maryland Secretary of State Charitable Division offer insight on topics of interest to nonprofits. 

Retired and Senior Volunteer ProgramThe Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Mary’s County helps to place persons 55 years of age and older in rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling volunteer opportunities with local county agencies, nonprofits, and community organizations. Contact: RSVP Program Manager Monika Williams at 301-475-4200, ext. 1653 or 

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 to re-enter the workforce are placed with a nonprofit, receive a state stipend, and help fill an organization’s needs. Call 301-374-1142. 


Free Foundation Directory Essential via Candid: If your nonprofit’s annual revenue or expenses total less than $1M and you earn a Gold Seal of Transparency or higher, Candid’s Go for the Gold program offers a free year of access to Foundation Directory Essential. Learn more



Maryland 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. 

Human 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.

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. 

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 meet certain eligibility requirements. To find out if your nonprofit qualifies - contact:

Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV): This unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives funds AmeriCorps State programs and recognizes volunteer service. You can recognize volunteers throughout the year by requesting Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates. You can also submit nominations for the Governor's Service Awards. The office offers other ways to recognize volunteers.

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.

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. 


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