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Capacity Building Grant

Grants to Los Angeles, California Nonprofit
Homeless Service Providers and Agencies

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United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way’s Home For Good Funders Collaborative and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

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Grants to Los Angeles, California homeless service agencies and nonprofit homeless service providers to improve the effectiveness of their organization. Funding is intended for organizations and developers to strengthen their internal processes and operational infrastructure. The goal of the grant program is to help providers improve the quality of their service delivery and further advance their mission.

The Capacity Building RFP is a competitive application process for homeless service providers and non-profit housing developers in Los Angeles County that would like to apply for funding to strengthen their operational infrastructure and internal processes. The overall goal of this RFP is to help organizations providing housing services to enhance service delivery to unhoused individuals in the community and progress towards achieving their missions.

Examples of Eligible Funding Requests (additional justified expenses may be considered):

  • IT system upgrades (computers, laptops, software, databases, and licenses)
  • Fundraising and resource development
  • Design of contracts and grants management systems
  • Development of policies and procedures related to human resources and finance
  • Leadership development and specialized training for board and organization staff
  • Implementation of program reporting and data management systems
  • Funds for partial staff time essential to completion of the capacity-building project may be considered. No more than 10% of the total requested budget may be allocated to staff time.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133386

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awarded agencies qualify for up to $100,000 in Measure H public funding and private funding to invest in capacity building projects that strengthen service delivery and improve internal systems.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Los Angeles County homeless service agencies and nonprofit housing developers that have not previously received funding through this RFP are eligible to apply. The goal is to create a low-barrier funding opportunity for eligible organizations to access capacity-building support.

However, given that the number of applications may exceed the amount of funding available, special consideration may be given to agencies who are connected to LA’s coordinated systems to end homelessness. Additional consideration may also be given to low-capacity and high needs regions of Los Angeles County.

Examples of Ineligible Funding Requests:
- Hiring of recruiters, grant writers or consultants as temporary staff
- Purchase of land or office space
- General operating and administration costs
- Reserve funds

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional, informational webinar is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in signing up for the webinar can email with their name and organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: All applications are due by 8 a.m. PDT on Monday, February 17, 2020 via email. Applications are no longer accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions about the RFP can be submitted until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2020. In the coming weeks, a Frequently Asked Questions document will be posted to this site. Any relevant questions and responses will be added to the FAQ list throughout the application process.

Award notices and 18-month contracts are anticipated to be sent in April and May 2020. Funding will be provided by June 30, 2020.

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

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