Capacity-Building Grants

The Foundation defines capacity-building as activities and projects that help nonprofits enhance their internal workings in order to better fulfill their missions and achieve more impactful outcomes. We believe that strong governance, effective management, and regular adaptation are essential in order for nonprofits to thrive, and we are open to receiving funding requests from nonprofits in a variety of capacity-building areas.

Requests may include a wide variety of expenses, including consultants' fees and new staff salaries, with a maximum request amount of $25,000.

Capacity-Building Areas Examples of Capacity-Building Projects

Governance, Leadership, Staff Development

Board development
Succession planning
Professional development/staff training
Executive coaching
Human resource assistance
Learning, Adaptation, Evaluation Organizational assessments
Organizational restructuring
Program restructuring and/or realignment
Strategic planning
Merger exploration/assistance
Back office collaboration/shared services
Service/program collaboration
Feasibility analysis
Service/program evaluation
Technical Skills Financial analysis
Financial management
Information technology assistance
Marketing/communication plans/assistance
Outreach and advocacy skill development
Development plans/assistance
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Training/coaching for developing/using asset-based approaches
Participant inclusion training/coaching
Unconscious Bias training/coaching
Diversity, equity, and inclusion training/coaching


Capacity-building requests will be due on the first Friday of March and September, starting in 2018. 


The Foundation’s applications are fillable PDF files. All applications must be submitted via email as Adobe PDF files and be completed by using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. If you do not have this version of Adobe, please click here to download a free version.

*Note: Be sure to download and save this application to your computer before you begin to work on it so that you can save your information and return to it at any time. To view a brief video on how to download, save, and submit our online applications, please click here.


INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR: To view a past webinar providing more details about the capacity-building guidelines, click here.


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