Grants and Resources

This section offers information about grants and resources for nonprofit organizations, including new opportunities noted in our monthly newsletter.

New Philip L. Graham Fund
The Philip L. Graham Fund supports nonprofit organizations providing both essential and enriching programs to the communities in and around the nation’s capital. Established in 1963, the Fund is named for Philip L. Graham, who was the publisher of The Washington Post and president of The Washington Post Company. Grants are awarded across four interest areas, including arts and humanities, community endeavors, education, and health and human services. The next Letter of Inquiry application deadline is April 24. Nonprofits serving Charles County are eligible to apply. Learn more.


New Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Progam
The Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program (SNLP) seeks nonprofits to host full-time interns for 10 weeks this summer. Interns are selected, placed, and paid for by SNLP at no cost to your organization. Applications are due March 24Learn more


Maryland Nonprofits Seeks Your Support for $100 Million Grant Fund
Maryland Nonprofits proposes a new state-funded $100 million general operating grant fund to support small and mid-sized nonprofits. The funding would be open to charitable nonprofits, with operating expenses between $50,000 and $10 million, physically located in Maryland, with limited exclusions. Maryland Nonprofits requests nonprofits sign its letter.


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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 Charles County's annual grant program is open through April 13. This program is administered by the Charles County Charitable Trust. A virtual orientation is scheduled for March 8


New Chesapeake Bay Trust Capacity Building Grant Program is open through March 16.  This program seeks to increase the effectiveness of organizations that work at the nexus of natural resource and community health issues, within the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River watersheds by addressing organizational capacity needs. Organizational capacity is defined as activities that strengthen an organization to help it better fulfill its mission. Grants will be awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations to either a) strengthen their internal capacity, or b) strengthen the capacity of other nonprofit organizations.

The Calvert County Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) has funding to supply nonprofit and public behavioral health providers with COVID-19 testing and mitigation supplies. Supplies are available to nonprofit and public (government) behavioral health providers who serve individuals with Medical Assistance, Medicare, or who are uninsured. Fill out an order form.

For more information, contact Sarah Bailey

The Calvert County Health Department has grants available for programs that help with eliminating health disparities in the county, specifically as they relate to COVID-19. For more information, contact:

Meka Robinson, MSN/Ed., RN
Program Supervisor/Project Manager
Minority Health & Health Equity 
Calvert County Health Department
410-535-5400, ext. 470 

BHE GT&S (A Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company) invites grant applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on education, environment, culture and the arts, civic and community development, and health and human services.

Neighborhood BusinessWorks The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is administering Maryland's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds. Of these funds, the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program is open to nonprofit organizations. The program provides financing (loans) to new and expanding small businesses impacting and operating within Maryland’s designated Opportunity Zones, Priority Funding Areas, and Sustainable Communities and Community Development Financing Institution (CDFI) Investment Areas.

Target Circle Community Giving Program: Discover how to be a nonprofit partner in the Target Circle Community Giving Program.

Maryland Governor's Grants Office: The Governor’s Grants Office helps state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations find, win, and manage grants. 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. 

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

Project Greenlite: SMECO donates energy-saving LED light bulbs to food pantries and organizations that support low-income households. Contact Veronica Aguirre to place an order.

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 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  

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. Use code NPI30 to receive 30% off the membership fee.

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.

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 on GuideStar, you can receive a free year of access to Foundation Directory Essential.

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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