Please note that this is an archived page that contains relevant COVID-19 resources for nonprofits from 2020.



We take a stand against all forms of hate, racism, and xenophobia. Nonprofits have an important role to play in keeping communities free of hatred and violence, and ourselves making equitable decisions in this time of crisis. COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen. It is therefore incumbent upon all of us to stand together as a community of neighbors, colleagues, and leaders. This time calls upon all of us – our members, friends, and partners – to be generous, safe, and kind.


Government Funding for Nonprofits

Maryland Recovery Act, $20 million Grant Fund for Nonprofit Organizations:

• Prioritizes organizations that did not already receive Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) funds.  If the organization did receive NORI funds, they can still be eligible but are not “prioritized”.

• Local program be open to ANY nonprofit (including 501c3s and other c types like 501c4 and 501c6)

• Applicant has to have a physical address in that county (it could be a chapter).  Organizations may apply to more than one county if they have more than one location.

• A primary location may be a home office address if that is the official address of the nonprofit.  , A nonprofit that has a physical office in one location and a staff member’s home office in another county does not qualify as a second location in that jurisdiction.

• Application form will ask the nonprofit to provide information on the need for funding.  The need does not need to be directly related to the economic impact of COVID.

• Application form will ask the nonprofit to provide info on grants received related to COVID

• Eligible expenses include reimbursable expenses from March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021.  There is no state-wide limitation on the type of expenses that can be included (i.e. salaries, rent, program and office expenses as well as capital expenses).  Individual counties may specifiy qualifying expenses.

• Grants must be disbursed by September 1, 2021

• Counties have to announce the funding and application round at least 10 days prior to the application opening.

• Grant amounts may vary.  Some counties are setting a single maximum amount, some are using an amount based on the nonprofit’s operating budget.

• Counties must submit reporting to DHCD on reporting on the grants awarded.

• No requirements on a number of years in operation as a nonprofit.

Small Business Administration:
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant – Emergency Assistance for eligible venues affected by the pandemic.

Grants for COVID related Funeral Expenses.
FEMA is offering grants to individuals who have acquired funeral expenses as a result of losing family members to COVID-19. Learn More.

American Rescue Plan

Maryland Nonprofits Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ben Cardin
• United States Senator Ben Cardin’s State and Local Guide
• National Council of Nonprofits: Information on The American Rescue Plan article

Recursos en Español/Resources for Spanish Speakers
Equity Resources and Perspectives in Relation to COVID-19


State Resources on Maryland's Reopening
  • As our communities continue to meet benchmarks required for reopening, such as declining COVID-19-related hospitalization rates and a decrease in COVID-19 deaths, Maryland State is following the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan. We recommend that you refer to the resources compiled in this blog post to stay updated on Maryland’s recovery and reopening process.
  • The Nonprofit Working Group convened by the Governor’s Office met six times to discuss and generate recommendations for the phased reopening of nonprofit organizations in accordance with the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery Plan. The group made broad recommendations that are included in this report.
Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-Engagement
Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Labor and Employment Information

The Department of Labor has also released guidance for employers and employees. Find this guidance in Spanish. 

FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act):
The US Department of Labor has published their initial guidance on the Families First Act. Undoubtedly more information will be available soon, but these documents offer clarification on some aspects of the Act. 


All Federal Government Relief

There are currently three types of federal loans available to eligible nonprofits, and while organizations can apply for all, funds awarded from multiple sources cannot be overlapped to cover the same expenses.

1) The United States CARES Act SBA Loans: Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program that allows nonprofits with less than 500 employees to borrow up to 250% of average monthly payroll, for use over 8 weeks from loan origination on payroll, rent, mortgage and utilities. These loans are forgivable with certain terms and conditions.

The application is now open. 

This is the $350 billion program for employers including nonprofits with no more than 500 employees – SBA now has an informational webpage including a sample application form.  This also referred to a the 7(a) loan program in the CARES Act. 

2) SBA Low-Interest Disaster Loan

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply for low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help alleviate economic injury resulting from the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the pandemic’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.7 percent. Businesses and nonprofits apply directly to the SBA, which will determine loan terms on a case-by-case basis based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Find more information and apply

3) Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) portal restricted to agricultural businesses only. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has released a guide for small businesses navigating the CARES Act

The National Council of Nonprofits has also released information on loans available to nonprofits through the CARES Act.

Inc: Blog on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

FROM THE IRS: Information on the Economic Impact Payments (Dated 3/30)

  • Press Release: IRS extends more tax deadlines to cover individuals, trusts, estates corporations and others
  • COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs



The National Council of Nonprofits wrote a comprehensive Review and Recap of Nonprofit Provisions in the HEROES Act. Learn more.

Summary: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), on May 16th and is awaiting a vote from the Senate. The HEROES Act would provide significant funding for state, local, and tribal governments, including another round of checks to adults making up to $75,000, establish mortgage and rent relief and provide funding to repair financial damages to the Postal Service. It would also promote voting by mail and enhance election security, provide relief for pension plans, and, for two years, restore the ability of taxpayers to fully deduct state and local taxes.
See also this one-pager, a Section-by-Section Summary, and the Manager’s Amendment filed on May 14.

Paycheck Protection Program

• The Small Business Administration Shuttered Venues Operating Grant Application is now open. Learn more:

• The deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to May 31st, 2021. Learn more.

• PPP FAQs: The U.S. Treasury Department posted an updated set of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). See also: Updated FAQs on PPP loans; guidance on second draw PPP loans.

MD Relief Act: In late February, Maryland Nonprofits held a meeting on information regarding the State’s Relief Act. Click here to view the program’s slides.

• The employee retention credit is now available to nonprofits who received the PPP.
Learn More.

• Information Page from the National Council of Nonprofits
  • What’s in the New Covid Relief Law for Nonprofits?

•Information from Maryland Nonprofits 1/6 Paycheck Protection Program Webinar with Goldin Group LLC:
• Maryland Nonprofits and Goldin Group LLC Paycheck Protection Program Webinar Slides
  • Maryland Nonprofits and Goldin Group LLC Paycheck Protection Program Webinar Recording

• Information on Accointing for PPP Loan Forgiveness
Accounting for PPP Loan Forgiveness Fact Sheet Published by Hogan Taylor CPAs and Advisors

• AICPA PPP Loan and Forgiveness Calculators
Loan and Forgiveness Calculators can be found here.



The PPP is open to 501(c)(3) non-profits with 500 employees (who reside in the US) or fewer.  Section 501(c)(19) veterans’ organizations and Tribal business concerns are also likely eligible.

Loan amount:

Eligible nonprofits can receive up to $10,000,000 or 2.5 times the average total monthly payroll (including benefits) costs from the one-year period prior to the date of application. 

Applying for PPP Loans:

Nonprofits can apply through any participating SBA lender, but should start by contacting your own bank, which may be prioritizing its own customers. Different banks are handling the application process differently and asking for different kinds of documentation.  Nonprofits may want to contact more than one financial institution.

To apply for forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, the Borrower must complete the Loan Forgiveness Application below and submit it to the Lender servicing their loan. Borrowers may also complete this application electronically through their Lender. Download the application: SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

Loan Forgiveness

For the loan to be forgiven,  you must use at least 75% for payroll and no more than 25% for rent, mortgage interest or utilities, and you must use it within 8 weeks following the loan award, and you must use it before June 30, 2020.  Borrowers can choose which 8 weeks they want to count towards the covered period, which can start as early as February 15, 2020.

See our Frequently Asked Questions and other resources below for more information. 

Information on SBA Approved Lenders

Applications for the PPP will be processed through local banks. Contact your current bank first to see if they are able to accept your application.  

Other Resources: 

  • Find an SBA approved lender near you.
  • Lendistry is an approved SBA lender and and have a platform to apply for PPP. They do not require a prior relationship and are attempting to get back to all of their applicants within 48 hours.
    • Baltimore Nonprofits and Businesses: The city has teamed up with Goldman Sachs for a loan program. Find the application for the program here
  • How to calculate Business Loan Types from the SBA can be found here.
PPP Application
Frequently Asked Questions


Office of the Governor
Office of the Secretary of State

The Governor of the State of Maryland has proclaimed a State of Emergency and a catastrophic health emergency related to COVID-19.  On March 12, 2020, an order was issued extending state licenses and registrations until 30 days after the State of Emergency and catastrophic health emergency is terminated. Find more information

Department of Labor

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund – Additional funding is now available through the Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. Businesses undergoing financial stresses due to the pandemic can apply for up to $50,000 in flexible and customizable funding to maintain their workforce. Applications are currently being accepted and the program will remain open through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends or until funding has been fully exhausted. Learn more.


Request Personal Protective Equipment
  • This page contains multiple resources, including HHS Relief Funding, clinician guidance, and a PPE Request form.
  • Order supplies like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer from Maryland manufacturers using the Maryland Manufacturing Network portal.

Legal Advice

If your nonprofit organization is incorporated in Maryland and would like to discuss a legal matter with an attorney, please click here to sign up for brief legal advice and the Community Law Center will schedule a time for an attorney to talk with you.

If your nonprofit organization is in need of legal representation, please download the Community Law Center Application For Services and find out more information here:

Other Resources for Marylanders


Upcoming Webinars from Maryland Nonprofits

Find our entire calendar of events here.

Recorded Webinars from Maryland Nonprofits

We are recording every webinar and providing the slides here. Bookmark this page so you don’t need to fill this out more than once! 


Maryland Philanthropy Network

Our partners at the Maryland Philanthropy Network have developed their own COVID-19 outbreak resources page, which includes responses from philanthropy, funding resources in our state, best practices in disaster grantmaking, and more.


Candid has created a webpage with a summary of funds being distributed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as resources for your organization to find funding. 

Instrumentl Aggregate List of COVID-19 Grants

Instrumentl is leveraging their grant discovery tools to aggregate all COVID-19 related grants for 501c3 nonprofits. Search for national, international, and Maryland-specific relief funds.

Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) Grant
Learn more about the PHSSEF. Under the CARES Act, $100 billion in total funds is available to hospitals, health systems, and other providers. Subsequent legislation increased the funds available by an additional $75 billion. Eligible providers include public entities, Medicare- or Medicaid-enrolled suppliers and providers, and other non-profit and for-profit entities specified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
City of Annapolis Business Resources

City of Annapolis has summarized the following state and national business resources for:

1. Workforce Assistance
2. Small Business Relief

Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund

The Nonprofit Relief Fund supports 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore area that have seen unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Relief Fund is open to all Baltimore nonprofits with 501(c)3 status, including those who operate under a fiscal sponsor. Human services organizations will be prioritized. The Nonprofit Relief Fund is reimbursement only. This $5-million fund will grant awards up to $75,000. Join an info session at 5 PM on November 5 to learn more. Find the full RFP and more information here. The application deadline is November 20, 2020.

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund

Additional funding is available through the Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. Businesses undergoing financial stresses due to the pandemic can apply for up to $50,000 in flexible and customizable funding to maintain their workforce. Applications are currently being accepted and the program will remain open through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends or until funding has been fully exhausted. Learn more.


Maryland Nonprofits Letter to Elected Officials
  • Together, Maryland Nonprofits, the Maryland Philanthropy Network, and the United Way of Central Maryland have drafted a letter to state leaders on thing they can do to support the nonprofit community during this time. You can read that letter here.
  • This Letter signed by members of Maryland’s nonprofit community advocates for more relief resources for nonprofits.
National Council of Nonprofits
  • The National Council of Nonprofits released an analysis of the Families First Act on March 19 and described the effect it will have on nonprofits. You can read it here.
  • On March 31, NCN held a webinar on federal relief bills – you can find the links below:
    • Recording of webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
    • Slide deck from webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”
    • This is a letter from nonprofits nationwide asking Congress to include us in any stimulus package they release related to this crisis. 
Healthcare for the Homeless

This Healthcare for the Homeless discusses needed policy responses for a high-risk group in monthly policy briefs: 

The Internal Revenue Service

On March 31, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Learn more. 


World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
Mental Health Resources
Other Health Resources



General Business Functions
Remote Work
Standards for Excellence

The Standards for Excellence Institute has made their Administrative Policies Educational Packet, Guide to Remote Work, and Crisis and Disaster Planning Resources free during this time. 

Guidance for Board of Directors
  • One-pager from Maryland Nonprofits on remote gatherings.
  • Maryland Nonprofits Model Board Resolution.
  • BoardSource: What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation.
  • This document provides an overview of Maryland law related to voting rights for nonprofit board members and nonprofit general members (such as in a membership organization or association). The document outlines proxy voting rights, and addresses why it is not appropriate or consistent with Maryland law to allow proxy voting by members of the board of directors (assigning your vote to someone else) and how proxy voting in membership organizations by members (not board members) is permitted.
Loyola Crisis Navigators

The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of stress and extreme market conditions for small businesses, nonprofits, and startups. The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s Loyola Crisis Navigators is a volunteer team we’ve brought together to advise you in these uncertain times. Learn more.

Article on Avoiding Burnout



In these unprecedented times, many nonprofits are adapting their programs and services in creative ways. If you know of an organization doing great work during this crisis, please let us know.

Business Volunteers Maryland

Business Volunteers Maryland has compiled a website to submit needs and find opportunities to help. 

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland have set up Virtual Badge Workshops, with science experiments and art projects for every day of the week while children are home from school.

House of Ruth Maryland

House of Ruth Maryland remains committed to providing services to victims of intimate partner violence.

House of Ruth Maryland’s 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter will remain open.  Protective and Peace Order protections are also still available through Court Commissioners.  For immediate assistance, contact 410-889-7884 and you can find information on additional services available at


KSS Solutions

Visit this page to find ways to give and get help in Baltimore. 

Maryland Citizens for the Arts

Maryland Citizens for the Arts has created a page to 1) share ways people can help artists/art organizations during this time and 2) collect resources for artists and art organizations.

Open Works

With medical professionals nationwide in need of personal protection equipment, Open Works identified a way to help when they saw a design online for face shields that can be made using 3D printers. Read more from the Baltimore Sun.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center

In addition to food resources, St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore is providing students out of school with laptops so they can complete their work during this extended closure period. 

Volunteering Untapped

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, more businesses, schools, and individuals are encouraged to avoid crowded places. The effects of this are hardest felt by some of Baltimore City’s most vulnerable residents. Volunteering Untapped has created a page for organizations to ask for help and for people to find organizations to volunteer at. It also includes resources for the Baltimore COVID-19 Food Security Fund and the American Red Cross. 

Sign Up for Maryland Nonprofits Updates

A-Z resource on nonprofit best practices

Advocating for the interests of families and youth

Unifying efforts across Maryland to support all Latino and immigrant populations.

Promoting a thriving and effective nonprofit sector