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Grief Reach - Capacity Building Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits Serving Bereaved Youth
for Organizational Development Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Life Foundation, National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/26/18 8:00 PM EST


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Grants of $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations serving bereaved youth and their families for organizational development activities. Funding is intended to help organizations enhance their overall operations, efficiency, and capacity. Proposals should fit one of the following five categories:

-Planning activities: organizational assessments; strategic planning; fund development; communications/marketing; recruiting or maintaining volunteer support; business planning.

-Staff/board development: leadership training; defining the role of the board; recruitment of new board members; strengthening governance.

-Strategic relationships/collaboration: technical assistance; consultant support; restructuring; mergers; or business planning.

-Internal operations: improvements to financial management, human resources, or volunteer management; development of evaluation systems and training; facility planning.

-Technology improvements: improving IT capacity through upgrades to hardware and software; networking; updating websites; and staff training to optimize the use of technology.

Your capacity building project should have an impact on your organization first, and then on the clients your organization serves. (Please note: These grants do not fund staff salaries.) In thinking about capacity building needs, an organization may ask:

-Does this activity allow my whole organization to operate more effectively, or does it have a limited effect on a program or initiative? For example, improving fundraising skills affects the entire organization over a long period. However, having a fundraising dinner for a program only affects that program for that fiscal year.

-Which major operational areas need attention and will help the organization grow and achieve its mission? For example, there may be a need for financial management software, a donor database, and upgraded communications materials. Not being able to do them all, an organization must select one that is going to move them forward strategically.

-Is there a bottleneck in the organization that is stalling growth? For example, an organization may need to recruit new volunteers, but not have a way to reach the local community, such as a website.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173693

Number of Grants:

A total of 20 organizations will be selected through this RFP, with 10 grants being awarded during each grant cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are $10,000. Applicants may not request an amount not greater than 20 percent of organization’s most recent fiscal year actuals.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made on a one-time basis. Goals must be achievable in a 12-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
-Be a private, nonprofit organization, with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and not a private foundation
-Be in operation as a 501(c)(3) for at least one year
-Currently serving bereaved youth
-Have at least one paid staff person

Excluded organizations and areas:
-Individuals or government agencies
-Organizations or activities whose services are limited to members of one religious or sectarian group
-Fraternal, social, professional, athletic, or veterans' organizations.
-Seminars, conferences, trips
-Endowments, memorials, or capital campaigns
-Fundraising events, telethons, races, or other benefits
-Goodwill advertising
-Basic or applied research
-Organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, or national origin

Grants do not fund staff salaries.

Pre-proposal Conference:

It is highly recommended that applicants attend a Q/A webinar.

A webinar will be held on July 12, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Register for the July 12, 2018 webinar:

RFP Q & A Webinar, Cycle 1 took place on March 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern.
Watch the previously recorded webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Grant Cycles:
-Cycle 1: March 5 - April 5, 8:00 PM EST
-Cycle 2: June 28 - July 26, 2018, 8:00 PM EST

Please note: Organizations can only submit to one RFP cycle per calendar year.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Megan Lopez
(866) 432-1542

National Alliance for Grieving Children
3500 North A Street, Suite A-2
Midland, TX 79705

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming