Grants and Resources

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

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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. 

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New Rural Maryland Council Grants: The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) grant provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) supports the Rural Maryland Council’s operations and activities, and it also supports the states’ five regional councils, rural entrepreneurship development rural health care organizations, and regional infrastructure projects. A Letter of Intent is due Friday, May 20. (Full application is due Friday, July 15.)



Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards: The True Inspiration Awards™ grant program celebrates and supports nonprofit organizations making an impact in their local communities. Grants range from $30,000 to $350,000. Applications for the 2023 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards will be accepted through May 20.



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



 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.




ACT® Work Ready Community: The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is paving the path for Southern Maryland to become an ACT® Work Ready Community (ACT WRC). This initiative will boost economic development, develop a strong workforce pipeline, and improve Southern Maryland’s workforce. Communities are certified as “work ready” when they meet established goals in both the number of individuals earning the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) and the level of employer participation. CSM seeks local area employers to join in this effort to achieve the Work Ready Community designation in Southern Maryland. 



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.


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



Foundation Directory: Grant seekers in St. Mary’s County can visit the Leonardtown Library, a Funding Information Network partner of Candid, to access the databases Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. For more information, contact Christine Biglin.


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.

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
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A free, self-paced online course where you will learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit.

Maryland Secretary of State

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IRS for Charities and Nonprofits >>

How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland

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