The Charles County Charitable Trust is responsible for distributing $400,000 in CARES Act relief funds to nonprofit organizations experiencing revenue loss due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and/or incurring direct pandemic-related expenses for goods and services. 

The Charles County Board of Commissioners has turned over distribution of these federal funds to the Charitable Trust. This represents a third round of County-provided assistance to the nonprofit community in Charles County since the onset of the pandemic.

Application Deadline:  October 22, 2020
Notification of Awards: November 5, 2020
Grant Period: March 1 – December 30, 2020

A special Grant Information Meeting took place on October 14

Please view the meeting below:


  • Applicants must have IRS recognition as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and must operate in Charles County for the benefit of Charles County residents.
  • Applicants must have been in operation continuously since March 1, 2019.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the State of Maryland.

Grant Amounts

For grantees with operating budgets under $500,000:
Grants up to $6,500
For grantees with operating budgets between $500,000 and $1 million: Grants up to $12,500
For grantees with budgets over $1 million: Grants up to $20,000

Purpose of Fund

This fund is intended to provide relief to cover revenue loss and unanticipated expenses related to the pandemic.

It offers qualified nonprofit organizations an opportunity to recoup revenue lost from normal sources such as fundraisers and business support. It also offers assistance to meet increased demand for services related to the pandemic such as PPE and food distribution and it applies to costs involved in restructuring delivery of services, such as employing virtual platforms.

The criteria for use of this fund in each of three categories include: 

  • For actual revenue loss, the applying organization must be able to show at least a 20% loss due to the pandemic during the period from March 1, 2020, through August 31, 2020. If a grant is awarded, it can be used to support general operating expenses up to the extent of the revenue loss.
  • For anticipated revenue loss between September 1, 2020 – December 30, 2020, the applying organization must document rational of loss (for example cancellation of annual fundraising event, loss from space rental, proof of other revenue declines). If a grant is awarded, it can be used to support general operating expenses up to the extent of the revenue loss.
  • For direct costs of pandemic-related goods and services, the applying organization must provide details of the need and purpose. For this category of funding, the revenue loss requirement does not apply.  Funds may cover expenses incurred between March 1-December 30, 2020 that are not covered by other grants or sources of income, however funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. 

Applying organizations are free to request funding for any or all categories.

Expenditures covered by this request are not eligible for any other funding or reimbursement and cannot be used as a match for another Federal award.

Review Process

Each application is reviewed for completeness and an evaluation starting with small panels and culminating in a detailed discussion of all the applications by the Charitable Board of Directors. Key factors include:  

  • For general operating funds: Evidence of revenue loss caused by the pandemic, including clear provision of relevant financial documents
  • For direct expenditures for pandemic-related goods and services: Clear explanation of need, purpose and breakdown of expenses

Questions? Contact Susan Petroff at

Application Instructions

Please view the application instructions here:

Questions? Contact Susan Petroff at