Capacity-Building Grants

Capacity-Building Grants up to $40,000.

Capacity-Building Grants Timeline

  • December 1, 2017: Preliminary application available, RFPs on website and emailed to agencies

  • February 1, 2018: Preliminary application due

  • March 2, 2018: Invitations/denial letters mailed to grant applicants

  • April 3, 2018: Full grant application due (by invitation only)

  • April 12, 2018: Grant decisions made

Capacity Building Grant Form

  • Capacity Building Grant Online Application
  • Grants are made to support capacity building efforts that increase a nonprofit’s sustainability and effectiveness by strengthening management systems and governance. The Community Foundation can assist grantees with referrals to consultants and educational opportunities. 
Projects that may be eligible for Capacity Building grants include: 


  • Fund development education and planning
  • Diversification of revenue streams
  • Board training and development
  • Staff training and development
  • Additional staffing to strengthen management systems (must provide a detailed plan    for financial sustainability of new staffing) 
  • Organizational assessment and evaluation of overall effectiveness 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Strategic marketing plans (not marketing materials) 
  • Strategic IT system improvements (not general IT upgrades and maintenance that   should be included in the organization’s operating budget) 

    NOTE: Eligible organizations must have at least one paid staff and an annual operating budget of at least $100,000.

    Special consideration will be given to grant applicants that invest some of its own funds (or funds from an alternate source) toward capacity building costs.

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