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Healthy Kids/Bright Futures Initiative - Rebound to Resiliency Capacity Building Grants

Grants to Salem County, New Jersey Nonprofits to
Improve Organizational Capacity to Promote Health

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Salem Health and Wellness Foundation

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Salem County, New Jersey nonprofit organizations to enhance their organizational capacity to promote health. LOIs are due by January 2. Funding will be provided to support opportunities to build infrastructure for a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit organizations. Capacity building grants will allow nonprofits to secure the professional and timely assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.

The first step in the process of requesting funding for capacity building is to take the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). The Core Capacity Assessment Tool is a 146-question online survey that measures a nonprofit organization's effectiveness in relation to four core capacities—leadership, adaptability, management, and technical capacities as well as organizational culture. Additionally, the tool helps organizations identify their lifecycle stage and provides a real-time findings report, a prioritized capacity-building plan, and the technology to generate self-selected benchmark reports from a national database of 3000+ nonprofits. The CCAT is the most comprehensive, valid, and reliable tool of its kind, and has been used by funders and nonprofits as a planning, capacity building, research, and evaluation tool. Nancy Burd, The Burd Group, will work with organizations completing the assessment to help them understand the results. As an incentive, the foundation will cover the cost of the CCAT.

Once an organization has completed the CCAT, they can submit a request for funding to work on a specific area as evidenced by the results of the assessment. The CCAT will help an organization to identify where they may need or want to build capacity. A consultant of the Foundation, Nancy Burd, will confer with the organization about its results and may offer recommendations on the priority areas to be addressed.

Supporting What Works:

It is the Foundation’s goal to provide support for effective capacity building programs, those that “work”, activities to help the organization acquire new and lasting knowledge and the necessary skill sets to achieve mission goals. The request should be based on priorities established by the organization and that are derived from the prioritized recommendations from the CCAT and discussions with the Foundation’s staff and consultant. Applicants should be able to describe, in detail, why the intended work addresses key issues in organizational effectiveness and comes at a strategic point in time. Projects that are one-time events such as facilitated board retreats, trips to skill building conferences, etc. that are not part of a larger project will not be funded. These one-off activities do not generally lead to longterm learning or effectiveness.

Criteria for Successful Capacity Building Projects to be Addressed in your Applications:

- Management and leadership issues that affect the organization as a whole, rather than a single department or program;
- Come at a strategic moment for the organization, such as a leadership transition, a period of rapid growth or expansion, or significant change in demographics, program demand or income streams;
- Are focused on a single problem or issue, rather than a patchwork of unrelated problems or needs;
- Are critical to the organization’s long-term success in achieving its mission;
- Are focused on building results that are long-lasting; and
- Are a result of an organization that values learning

The Program Design:

Most capacity building programs are meant for leaders and occasionally individuals with specific skill sets like marketing or development. Rebound to Resiliency is meant for all staff from middle management to top leadership and key board members. Building bench strength is essential to the ongoing sustainability of an organization. If only top leaders are trained, when they leave they take this knowledge with them. This program ensures that there are opportunities for lasting change.

The program is both tailored to the position of the organization in its lifecycle stage and wide-ranging in its offerings so all nonprofits will be able to attend.

The Foundation is offering support to participate in a self-assessment exercise to pinpoint the key priority areas to address in an organization’s lifecycle stage. Organizations will know what sessions to attend and when to request additional help from the Foundation in the form of a grant.

Advanced skill building sessions will be held over the course of the coming year and led by known leaders in their fields and offered to all staff and board members in key areas:

- Financial Literacy
- Strategic and Business Planning
- Fundraising
- Board Management

Those organizations that attend all of the sessions will be given a Certificate designating completion.

Organizations will be given opportunities to apply for grants in specific areas where more intensive need is required. These grant requests will be tied to the self-assessment exercise to help determine the areas of priority the nonprofit wishes to address.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162103

Estimated Size of Grant:

Capacity Building Grant Award Amount: Grant awards will be up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Project Timeline: Capacity Building Grant projects must be started and completed within one year of award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

1) Organization must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
2) Organization must have completed the CCAT.
3) Organization must be in good standing with the IRS.
4) Organization must be located in Salem County providing direct services to residents.

Capacity building grants will not fund:

- Program expansion
- Building construction or renovation
- Core operating costs or existing positions
- New positions with no credible plan for sustainability after the grant period
- Endowments
- Loans

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submitting the LOI, you must meet with Nancy Burd and Foundation staff to discuss your proposal.

Complete List of Submission Deadlines:

The Grantmaking Committee will review requests bi-monthly. The following deadline dates are for the 2018 grantmaking program:

Deadline: Letters of Intent:
January 2, 2018
March 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
July 2, 2018
September 4, 2018
November 1, 2018

Deadline: Proposal Submissions:
Friday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, March 15, 2018
Friday, May 15, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
Thursday, September 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 15, 2018

Meeting: Board of Trustees:

February 12, 2018
April 9, 2018
June 11, 2018
August 13, 2018
October 22, 2018
December 10, 2018

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Capacity Building RFP.

Application Information:

The Foundation offers tutorials to help applicants navigate the online application system. You can watch these tutorials to learn more about applying online:

- Regular Applicant Registration Page:

- Applicant Workflow with decision information:

- More information on deadlines can be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Technical Assistance:

If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the application system, do not create a new account. Please contact the Grant Administrator, Judy Foley, at to receive your username and password.

Please direct all other inquiries and correspondence to:

Brenda L. Goins, Executive Director

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation, Inc.
91-A South Virginia Avenue (Rte 130)
Carneys Point, NJ 08069

Phone: (856) 299-4460 / 299-4430
Fax: (856) 299-4474

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Salem County

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