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Capacity Building Grants

Grants to Central Virginia Nonprofits to
Strengthen Organizational Capacity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation (TCF) Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations operating in Richmond or the Central Virginia region for capacity building activities. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. This program is intended to help nonprofits secure timely and professional assistance in order to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.

Examples of Capacity Building projects include:

-Planning activities such as organizational assessments, strategic planning, fund development, communications/marketing, or business planning.

-Board development activities such as leadership training, defining the role of the board, and strengthening governance.

-Strategic Relationships - Funds may be used to provide technical assistance or consultant support to help two or more organizations work through collaboration and strategic restructuring, positioning for merger or affiliation, or business planning for social enterprise.

-Internal operations that may include improvements to financial management, human resource or volunteer management, or facility planning.

-Technology Improvements through upgrades to hardware and software, networking, websites, and staff training to optimize use of technology.

-New for July 2018 - Leadership development: supporting a leadership training experience for two or more members of the organization’s leadership/ management team.

Funds previously used to support the Stettinius Awards for Nonprofit Leadership will now be used to help support leadership development grants through the capacity building grant program. This change is intended to bring greater value to local organizations. Not only is the application process simpler, but engaging a larger team fosters bonding between participants and extends the educational value beyond a single leader.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166170

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding preference is given to nonprofit organizations that have received a Community Impact grant from The Community Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

Requests may be submitted at any time. Applications received by January 25 will be reviewed in February and those received by July 26 will be reviewed in August.

Before submitting a Capacity Building proposal, organizations must contact a member of the Community Engagement team. Please contact Kathleen Demro (details below) to discuss an appropriate timeline and detailed grant guidelines for your Capacity Building request.

More information regarding grant opportunities may 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.

Kathleen Demro, VP, Community Engagement

The Community Foundation (TCF) Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23225

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Richmond and Central Virginia