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Strengthening Nonprofits Grants

Grants to San Antonio Area, Texas Nonprofits
for Organizational Development and Resources

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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San Antonio Area Foundation

Conf. Date:

03/08/18

LOI Date:

04/02/18

Deadline Date:

05/04/18 - Midnight CST - Deadline is for Phase II applications; Phase I applications are due on the first business day of each month throughout the year.

Description:

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Grants to San Antonio Area, Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for capacity building initiatives. A Phase I application may be submitted on the first business day of each month. Eligible counties are Bexar County and the surrounding counties of Frio, Atascosa, Karnes, Wilson, Guadalupe, Gonzales, Comal, Blanco, Kendall, Gillespie, Kerr, Bandera and Medina. Funding is intended to build the organizational capacity of nonprofit agencies and help them better fulfill their missions and serve their clients.

Grants are awarded in a two-phase process.
1. Organizational Assessment (Phase I) grant:
Nonprofit agencies submit a Phase I grant to apply for funding to conduct the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), an online assessment to identify the agency's strengths and opportunities for improvement.

2. Strengthening Nonprofits (Phase II) grant:
Nonprofit agencies that conduct the CCAT from the Phase I grant will convene their Board of Directors and senior staff members to develop a plan for strengthening their agency that aligns with the assessment results, which forms the basis for the Phase II funding request. Nonprofit agencies may then apply for a Strengthening Nonprofits Phase II grant to implement the project.

Funding is available for:
-Leadership training, coaching, professional/staff development
-Strategic planning, consulting services, technology resources
-Peer learning, learning communities
-Other areas that will build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, enabling them to better fulfill their mission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173836

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of the organizational assessment grant will be $250. This covers the cost to take the CCAT and a small amount to purchase snacks or refreshments to convene your board of directors and leadership staff to review the results. In terms of the SNP Phase II grants, organizations should ask for the amount needed to fund the program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

There are two types of grant applications available through the Strengthening Nonprofits grantmaking initiative – the Organizational Assessment (Phase I) grant and the Strengthening Nonprofits (Phase II) grant. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Bexar County and surrounding counties are eligible to apply for the Phase I Organizational Assessment grant.

501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Bexar and surrounding counties that participate in the CCAT and develop a corresponding plan for strengthening the agency may apply for a Phase II Strengthening Nonprofits grant.

Nonprofit organizations that provide training and consulting services to help strengthen nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for this funding; however, only if the funding is to build their own agency’s capacity. The Foundation will award grants to nonprofit agencies that allow them to access training and consulting services.

Newly-formed agencies should wait one-two years after being incorporated to submit a grant application to ensure that survey respondents are able to answer the questions in the CCAT.

Universities are not eligible for these grants. Because the initiative is designed to build the capacity of the nonprofit community, it is not a good fit for higher education institutions.

Not funded:
- Current operating budgets
- Programs or direct service delivery
- Computer hardware
- Capital projects
- Endowments
- Debt reduction
- Operating deficits
- Indirect costs
- Programs for individual churches, parishes, or congregations that do not benefit the community-at-large
- Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two information meetings are scheduled for Monday, March 5 and Thursday, March 8. Registration will open soon.

Pre-Application Information:

Nonprofit agencies submit a Phase I grant to apply for funding to conduct the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), an online assessment to identify the agency's strengths and opportunities for improvement. Phase I applications can be submitted any time throughout the year, with deadlines occurring at midnight Central time on the first business day of each month. Funding will be announced by the end of each month.

2018 Phase I deadlines are:
Tuesday, Jan. 2
Thursday, Feb. 1
Thursday, March 1
Monday, April 2
Tuesday, May 1
Friday, June 1
Monday, July 2
Wednesday, Aug. 1
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Monday, Oct. 1
Thursday, Nov. 1
Monday, Dec. 3

Nonprofit agencies that conduct the CCAT from the Phase I grant will convene their Board of Directors and senior staff members to develop a plan for strengthening their agency that aligns with the assessment results, which forms the basis for the Phase II funding request. Nonprofit agencies may then apply for a Strengthening Nonprofits Phase II grant to implement the project. Review the list of Strengthening Nonprofit Phase II grant awards from inception to date.

2018 Phase II deadline:
Phase II applications can be submitted from Monday, March 5 through Friday, May 4 at midnight CST.

All Strengthening Nonprofit applications and required attachments must be submitted electronically. Faxes or hard copies will not be accepted.

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated response stating the Area Foundation has received your application. If you do not receive an automated response in the form of an email immediately after submitting, please contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez.

SNP II grants will be awarded approximately three months after the application deadline.

Agencies that have already taken the CCAT may submit the report to apply for a capacity building grant and avoid another organizational assessment so long as it is not more than one year old.

FAQs:
http://www.saafdn.org/Nonprofits/Grants/StrengtheningNonprofits/StrengtheningNonprofitsFAQs.aspx
Preview Application: https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=saafdn
Grant Info: http://www.saafdn.org/Nonprofits/Grants.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=aBcdzT88ciohd8DeQqSwuQ2

For questions and information, contact:
Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Director, Capacity Building
210.242.4730
spalomogonzalez@saafdn.org

Gavin Nichols, Director, Grants & Programs
210.242.4720
gnichols@saafdn.org

For questions about purchasing or taking the CCAT, contact:
Erin Britton, CCAT Manager
ebritton@tccgrp.com
212.949.0997

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: San Antonia Area including Bexar County and the surrounding counties of Frio, Atascosa, Karnes, Wilson, Guadalupe, Gonzales, Comal, Blanco, Kendall, Gillespie, Kerr, Bandera and Medina