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Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Capacity Building Grant Program

Grants to Help Non-Profits in Massachusetts
Expand their Programming

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Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

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Grants are available for non-profit organizations for programs and projects that benefit youth, alleviate poverty, or that focus on cultural enrichment in Massachusetts. The Foundation seeks to help these non-profits expand their programming, and also enable these organizations to expand their ability to sustain their programs through capacity building.

The Foundation expects that the majority of funds will not be used to support immediate program offerings, but will take the form of strategic investments that build the organization’s capacity for sustainable program expansion in the future. The Foundation provides grantees substantial leeway in defining their capacity building needs, but some examples of activities that have been or could be funded include:

*Development of strategic business plans (i.e. professional services for growth planning, organizational
assessment and design, community needs assessment, market studies, etc.)
*Program development planning (What programs are needed and feasible? What facilities resources
and/or capabilities are needed to develop these programs?)
*Development staffing and fund development plans (identification of potential donors and structuring of
fundraising campaigns)
*Board development
*Staff development (providing training that addresses perceived organizational weaknesses or the
development of personnel policies and procedures)
*Information technology systems and expertise
*Program evaluation: staffing, outside expertise, software associated with outcomes measurement
*Financial management systems
*Communications and/or public relations system

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GrantWatch ID#: 126612

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Pre-Application Information:

Annual budget less than $1,000,000: a grant of $100,000 per year for up to three years.
Annual budget more than $1,000,000: a maximum grant of $200,000 per year for up to five years.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Lynne Doblin at:
Joyce McDonough at:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts