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.

Note: Applications are due at 5:00pm on the first Friday of March and September. If you do not create a login by 4:00pm on those days, you will not be able to access the portal to submit your application.


NEW ONLINE PORTAL!  The Foundation is now utilizing an online portal for the Community Grants application process which allows organizations to save and return to applications, view past applications, and view the status of their applications. Click here to register for the portal and begin the application.

To view a PDF version of the application prior to accessing it within the online portal, click here. Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online portal to be considered. If you have trouble accessing the portal or have limited access to a computer, please contact


INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR: We recently offered a webinar for organizations that would like more information on the application process. Click here to view a recording of that session.


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