Fiscal Year 2025 Grants will be due April 11, 2024



Application Deadline: January 9, 2024 at 3 pm


Grant Orientation Workshop:  December 12, 2023 [10:00 am]
Application Deadline:  January 9, 2024 at 3 pm
Notification of Awards: On or before February 15, 2024
Grant Period: March 3, 2021 – July 31, 2024
Grant Amount: The maximum grant amount is $15,000

Grant Orientation Workshop– Tuesday December 12, 2023 at 10:00 am. The workshop will be held virtually:

The Charles County Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the availability of $285,000 for nonprofit organizations serving Charles County. The funds are provided by the County through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that was passed by Congress.

The purpose of the funds is to provide grants to Nonprofits to respond to COVID-19 or the negative economic impact of the pandemic, covering a broad range of services and/or to respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 emergency, training and/or work incentives to eligible workers.

Eligible uses of awarded funds may include reimbursable expenses for the period March 3, 2021 through January 1, 2024 as long as those expenses have not already been supported by COVID relief or other funding. Funds must be expended no later than July 31, 2024

Grant Orientation Workshop

The workshop was held virtually on December 12th at 10:00 am. See the recording below or click the button to watch on YouTube.


  • Must have IRS recognition as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization no later than December 1, 2021.
  • Must have been in operation continuously since December 1, 2021.
  • Must be in good standing with the state of Maryland.

Criteria for Use of Funds

Grants are available to respond to COVID-19 or the negative economic impact of the pandemic. Organizations may request funding from Category A and/or Category B. The criteria for use of funds in each category include: 

Net Revenue Loss during the period March 3, 2021 to July 31, 2024 that was or will not be covered by other revenue sources.

Expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2021- July 31, 2024.

All other expenses may be reimbursed retroactively from March 1, 2021 and forward to July 31, 2024.  A broad range of expenses and services are covered in this category including:

  • Covid-19 Mitigation & Prevention
  • Assistance to Households
  • Educational Disparities Exacerbated by COVID-19
  • Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Disorder Services
  • Organizational Workforce Assistance for Nonprofits
  • Assistance to Unemployed Workers
  • Technical Assistance, counseling, or other services to assist with nonprofit
  • Organizational planning

Refer to the Instructions tab for more detailed information.

 Evaluation Criteria
Each application is reviewed for completeness by staff and is evaluated, starting with a small panel of the Board of Directors, and culminating in a detailed discussion by the full Charitable Trust Board of Directors.

Key factors include:  

  • For Category A: Evidence of revenue loss caused by the pandemic
  • For Category B:  for pandemic-related expenses and services: Clear explanation of need and purpose
    • Preponderance of need in the county to the extent that need can be determined
    • Goals, objectives, and outcomes are clearly defined and achievable, given available financial and staff resources
    • Potential impact program(s) will have on the quality of lives of underserved populations, such as those living in poverty or from low-income households, those experiencing hardship because of unemployment during the pandemic and individuals with disabilities
    • Potential impact on the quality of life for residents of Charles County at large, such as arts and culture, the environment and education
    • The extent to which partnerships are formed with other organizations to better target services, improve programs and reduce costs

Questions? Contact Christie Burnett at