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Program Support and Capacity Building Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Northeastern States for
Community Programs for Underserved Populations

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NY Nanum Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations in the Northeastern region for capacity building and a wide range of programs that address the needs of underserved populations. The Foundation prefers to serve communities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Funding is intended to serve the elderly, immigrants, at-risk youth, women, individuals with disabilities and their families, and those community organizations that focus on Asian culture (including language) and arts (including performing and visual arts). The Foundation prefers programs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Grants will be available in two categories: (1) Program Support OR (2) Capacity Building. 

  1. “Program Support” is defined by the NY Nanum Foundation as any program serving the Korean/Asian American community and beyond in one or more of the Foundation’s priority groups: the elderly, women, at-risk youth, immigrants, individuals with disabilities and their families, and Asian culture and arts programs. The NY Nanum Foundation supports a wide array of programs from direct service programs to educational programs to advocacy programs, all designed to serve one or more of the five targeted groups mentioned above.
  2.  “Capacity Building” is defined by the NY Nanum Foundation as organizational activities and initiatives that enhance the organization’s ability to work towards its mission and to sustain itself over the long term. This includes activities and initiatives such as:
    1. Board development and governance
    2. Needs assessments, strategic planning and program planning
    3. Staff development, leadership training and human resources development
    4. Resource/Fund development, including from individual and/or institutional funders
    5. Community outreach and membership development
    6. Communications, marketing and public relations
    7. Developing collaborative partnerships
    8. Volunteer management 
    9. Effective management and operational practices, including financial and fiscal management
    10. Feasibility study for new programs
    11. System and data management of donors and clients
    12. Program and organizational evaluation

Please note that for both Program and Capacity Building Support, although priority has traditionally been given to those that are serving Korean and greater Asian American communities, the funding is not limited to particular ethnic groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159675

Estimated Size of Grant:

The NY Nanum Foundation will award grants 1) up to a maximum of $20,000 for organizations seeking support for programs, and 2) up to a maximum of $5,000 for capacity-building support.

Term of Contract:

The grant period lasts for one year only, beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the 2020 Program Support and Capacity Building Grants, your organization must:
1. Be a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in good standing or provide documentation that the organization is fiscally sponsored by an organization that has 501(c)(3) status;
2. Be a US-based organization providing services to underserved members in eligible communities, namely, seniors, women, at-risk youth, immigrants and people with disabilities;
3. Have programs devised to serve the population in the Northeast region (preferably but not limited to: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut).
4. Have programs devised to serve ethnic minorities including but not limited to Korean Americans and Asian Americans.
5. Be able to provide a two-year track record of providing public services in the Northeast region.
6. Have received a NY Nanum Foundation grant for 2 consecutive years or less. Please note: If your organization has received a NY Nanum Foundation grant for 3 or more consecutive years, you are not eligible for a grant for a 4th consecutive year. You are free to apply again after a 1-year break.

The NY Nanum Foundation does not support:
1. Political parties or partisan political action committees – this, however, does not exclude programs devised for advocacy efforts on behalf of the 5 targeted groups stated above.
2. Programs for religious purposes – this, however does not exclude programs run by faith-based organizations as long as the primary purpose of such organization is to promote a particular religion.
3. Organizations outside of the aforementioned geographical area
4. Fundraising event sponsorship, such as being a sponsor for an annual fundraising dinner
5. Projects that directly benefit a particular individual
6. Capital campaigns and building projects

Pre-Application Information:

- Please note that the deadline for submission is October 31th, 2019.
- The final grant recipients will be announced no later than December 2019.

Due to limited funds, please note that applicants must choose between applying for Program Support OR Capacity Building Support; the NY Nanum Foundation will not accept applications for both Program and Capacity Building Support.

Contact Information:

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

Send your completed proposal to:
NY Nanum Foundation
190D Sylvan Ave #12
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Additionally, kindly send an email copy of your application with all attachments to

Should you have any questions, please contact the Foundation via the email address above or tel:201-568-5500.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania