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Children, Youth and Families (CY&F) Capacity Building Grant Program

Grants to Sudbury Area, Massachusetts Youth-Serving
Nonprofits for Capacity Building Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Sudbury Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/08/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Sudbury Area, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations working to promote positive youth development for capacity building activities. Concept papers are due August 4. Eligible locations are Sudbury and the contiguous communities of Concord, Acton, Hudson, Framingham, Marlborough, Lincoln, Natick, Maynard, Wayland, and Stow.

The CY&F Capacity Building Grant Program is designed to help young people realize their full potential and become caring, productive citizens. The focus is on underserved youth who face economic and/or personal barriers to success. The program provides proven youth-serving nonprofits in the Foundation’s geographic catchment area with funds for capacity building projects designed to strengthen the agency’s core capacities.

Applicants must be seeking funding for a project that fits one of the following Capacity Building grant tracks:

Strategic or Business Planning:
-Examples: professional services for growth planning, organizational assessment and design, community needs assessment, market studies, business plans

Board or Staff Development/Training:
-Examples: board skills and leadership training, staff professional development training, executive coaching, succession planning (for current board and staff)

Fund Development Plans and Systems:
-Examples: professional services for structuring of fundraising programs, support systems and training

Communications Plans and Systems:
-Examples: professional services for a marketing and communications assessment and the development of a comprehensive plan, support systems and training

Program Evaluation:
-Examples: professional guidance to develop or enhance evaluation tools, systems and training

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168790

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Organizational Eligibility Criteria:

1) Agencies must serve children and youth (birth to age 22).

-Primary focus: Preference is given to organizations whose primary mission is youth development. Agencies who serve a broader age constituency may be eligible for a capacity building grant targeted toward youth-serving programs within the organization and will be asked to provide data on the percent of total programming directed to children and youth only.

-Content Areas: Successful grant applicants will be nonprofit organizations (or, in some cases, a program within an organization) who address such issues as early health and learning, literacy, academic enrichment and support, skill building, drop-out prevention, college/job readiness, or career exploration; or who focus on personal/behavioral enrichment including leadership development, self esteem building, mentoring, promotion of healthy behaviors, emotional health supports, etc. Agencies offering parenting education and support programs are also eligible to apply.

-Program Intensity: The Foundation supports organizations that offer a medium-to-high level of engagement with children and youth as determined by the number of hours and depth of contact the programming involves. The Foundation also supports programs featuring a continuum of supports that encourage strong relationships between youth and caring adults. Preference is for underserved populations.

2) Agencies must meet geographic criteria

-Nonprofit organizations must be located in Sudbury and the contiguous communities including Acton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Natick, Stow, and Wayland. Organizations based outside of these communities whose programming substantially benefits residents from one or more of the towns listed may also apply. They will be asked to provide data on the percent of total youth programming vs. youth programming in the Foundation’s catchment area.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions will include information on developing the Concept Paper, completing the Application as well as proposal writing tips and additional information on the Foundation’s initiatives.

The next information session is scheduled for June 22 at 9:30 AM at the Foundation office.

To attend, RSVP by the Monday prior to the session.

Pre-Application Information:

A Concept Paper is required and should be submitted via email by 5:00 PM on the due date. Staff will provide comments on Concept Papers as quickly as possible.

The Application’s cover page, proposal narrative and project/organizational budget must be submitted via email by 5:00 PM on the due date. Additional required materials can either be emailed, mailed as a hard copy packet to. Hard copy materials must be postmarked by the due date.

Spring Grant Cycle:
-Info Session: February 9
-Concepts Due: March 10
-Application Due: April 14
-Awards Announced: Mid June

Fall Grant Cycle:
-Info Session: June 22
-Concepts Due: August 4
-Application Due: September 8
-Awards Announced: Mid December

Programmatic Eligibility:

Grant Tracks:

More information about Capacity Building Grants may be found here:

More information about Positive Youth Development may be found at the following two links:

Contact Information:

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

The Sudbury Foundation
326 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Acton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlboro, Maynard, Natick, Stow, Wayland, and Sudbury

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