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Grants to Texas Nonprofit Organizations for Capacity Building Programs

ToolBox Grants

North Texas Community Foundation (NTCF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #152169

Grant Description

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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations for capacity-building programs to better serve the community in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Consideration will be given to organizations that serve the neighborhoods with the highest poverty levels in Tarrant County. Program areas include education, employment, mental and physical health, and housing.

ToolBox grants will provide Tarrant County-based nonprofits with capacity building support to address board governance, fundraising, or strategic planning in order to improve their strength and stability for the long run. These capacity building grants are intended to be one-time, transformative gifts that make a significant difference in the way the organization works.

Specific neighborhoods in the Tarrant County community are affected disproportionately by the compounding impacts of poverty, including lack of income, low-performing schools, poor health, and transportation barriers. The Centers for Disease Control’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) uses indicators such as these to determine community susceptibility to the impacts of disasters. ToolBox grants aim to strengthen nonprofits so they can more effectively support, uplift, and strengthen residents of Tarrant County’s most vulnerable communities.

Organizations may apply for funding in one of the following categories:

  • Board Development: Board assessment (structure, composition, performance, culture, etc.), Bylaw review, ED/CEO assessment and support, Effective board meeting training, Governance or educational workshops
  • Fundraising: Board fundraising, Coaching, Development planning, Fundraising assessment, Grant writing consultation
  • Strategic Planning: Strategic plan development, Strategic plan update

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit Eligibility:
- 501(c)(3) organizations located in Tarrant County
- Demonstrated impact serving residents experiencing poverty in priority communities
- Minimum annual operating budget of $25,000

Target neighborhoods include: Como, Central and East Arlington, Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Everman, Forest Hill, Haltom City, Historic Southside, Las Vegas Trail, Morningside, Northside, Rosemont, Stop Six

Ineligible organizations:
- Organizations with no prior community support (through grants or donations)
- Religious organizations seeking funds to support evangelism
- Organizations that are not designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS

ToolBox Grants do not fund programs or general operations.

Ineligible Requests
- Certificates that benefit a single staff member (e.g. Certified Fund Raising Executive training/fees)
- Conferences
- General operations
- Programming
- Software
- Staffing
- Outsourced grant writers (grant writing consultation should build your organization’s capacity to apply for grants independently)

Additional Geographic Information:

Map of eligible vulnerable communities:

Pre-proposal Conference:

2022 ToolBox Orientation for Nonprofits

January 18, 2022 2:00 PM Central Time

Register online:

Pre-Application Information:

- January 18, 2022: Virtual nonprofit orientation (2:00 PM)
- February 16, 2022: Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (5:00 PM)
- February 24, 2022: NTCF invites finalists to submit proposals
- March 16, 2022: Proposal deadline (5:00 PM)
- April 11, 2022: Award notification
- Mid-April: Checks mailed

ToolBox has a two-step application process: Letter of Intent and Proposal.

Applicants submit a Letter of Intent via the Community Foundation’s grants portal. Letters of intent will be screened and select organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. A grants committee comprised of NTCF board members and local community members will review proposals and makes final funding decisions.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Board Development: up to $7,500
Fundraising: up to $7,500
Strategic Planning: up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed by January 2023.

Contact Information:

Submit Letter of Intent and apply online:

For questions concerning eligibility:
Garrett March, Associate Director of Community Impact

For questions regarding the grants portal:
Susan Van Meter, Community Impact Associate

North Texas Community Foundation
777 Main Street
Suite 2850
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

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