Nonprofit Capacity Grants
Each grant cycle, the Foundation will award a small number of grants to improve the strength of the nonprofit sector.
In most cases, the Foundation’s nonprofit capacity grants will be single-year awards. But the Foundation will also consider multiyear awards up to three years in length, depending on the nature of the specific request.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a qualified public charity, and be providing services in the Foundation’s geographic focus areas. The Foundation will award two kinds of capacity grants:
- Mission-focused grants
- To be eligible, an agency must have a mission lying within the Foundation's priority funding areas:
- Aging population
- Arts, culture, and history
- Children and youth
- The Foundation will consider applications for any strategic internal investment that the agency believes will strengthen the agency’s administration, financial management, governance, or program delivery, and be sustainable after the Foundation’s support ends. "(Expansion of an existing program is not considered a nonprofit capacity grant.)"
- Applicants have the flexibility to identify for their own agencies which capacity-building efforts would be most beneficial. Examples of the types of projects that could be funded include:
- Board development, including training or retreats
- Financial management systems or training
- Information technology systems
- Planning efforts, such as development of strategic or fundraising plans
- Program evaluation and accountability systems
- Staff development, including staff training or adding staff in core functions
- Consultants to assist in any of the foregoing areas
- Sector-focused agents. Any nonprofit management organization, nonprofit member service organization, or similar nonprofit entity offering training and professional development
services to agencies operating in the Foundation's geographic focus areas may apply for program funding for those services.