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Small Capital Grants Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Capital
Expenditures to Improve Organizational Capacity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/21/18 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Massachusetts nonprofits in the Greater Boston area or gateway cities to support one-time capital projects that will strengthen organizational capacity. Preference will be given to organizations working in the areas of human services, health, youth development, and economic mobility.

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation’s Small Capital Grants Program supports one-time capital expenses that directly enhance a nonprofit organization’s ability to serve its clients and achieve its mission. Grants may be used for such purposes as facility improvements, vehicles, equipment purchases, and other non-expendable assets. The Foundation targets this assistance to nonprofits that would otherwise find it difficult, if not impossible, to meet this type of need through their operating budgets.

Please note: Single, coherent, high-impact projects tend to compete more favorably than requests for a variety of unrelated items. The requested grant must cover the entire cost of the proposed capital project.

Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be used in evaluating grant requests:
-Does the organization and project address a well-defined need that aligns with the Foundation’s mission?
-Will the project, when completed, have a significant impact on the quality or reach of the program?
-Is the project innovative, well thought out and ready to implement? Can the project be completed in a reasonable period of time (generally within one year)?
-Does the organization have strong and creative leadership? Can it point to significant accomplishments?
-Going forward, will the applicant be in a position to manage, maintain, staff or otherwise well-use the asset(s) acquired with Foundation funds?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177471

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that in each round of small capital grants, eight to ten organizations may receive a grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may receive grants ranging in size from $10,000 - $50,000. The requested grant must cover the entire cost of the proposed capital project.

Term of Contract:

Many of the Foundation’s grants are structured as multi-year commitments that are contingent upon agreed upon performance benchmarks.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)3 public charity.
-Agencies or programs within agencies that serve people in the Greater Boston area (roughly defined as within Route 128) and/or in the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, or New Bedford. Preference is given to agencies working in low-income communities.
-Agencies with annual operating budgets of approximately $5 million or less. Preference is given to agencies with operating budgets under $3 million.
-Agencies working in any issue area may apply. Typically, organizations whose primary mission falls into one or more of the following areas tend to have a higher likelihood of funding: economic mobility, health, human services, or youth development.

General Eligibility:

In general, organizations looking to receive funding from the Foundation must demonstrate:
-Strong and creative leadership;
-A transformative program model with a track record of success;
-Evaluation capacity;
-The potential for increased impact in Greater Boston or select Gateway Cities; and
-Alignment with the Foundation’s mission and areas of giving.
 
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)3 public charity; and
-Agencies or programs within agencies that serve people in the Greater Boston area (roughly defined as within Route 128) and/or the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, or New Bedford.
 
The following entities are ineligible for a grant from the Foundation:
-Individuals
-Endowments or private foundations
-Religious organizations, where the grant is to be used for sectarian purposes
-Federal, state, or municipal agencies (with rare exceptions)
-Political campaigns

Ineligible applicants include: individuals; endowments or private foundations; religious organizations, where the grant is to be used for sectarian purposes; federal, state, or municipal agencies (with rare exceptions); or political campaigns.

Ineligible projects and expenses include, but are not limited to: undesignated contributions to larger capital campaigns, program support, staff salaries or other administrative costs, website development, annual software licenses, service/support plans, warranties, insurance/fuel/maintenance for vehicles, contingency fees, etc.

Funding is not retroactive, so projects that have already been started or completed are not eligible for consideration.

Repeat Applicants:

The process for consideration of repeat applicants will be as follows: Organizations that receive a Small Capital Grant from the Foundation will not be eligible to apply for another Small Capital Grant for a period of at least two years from the date of the previous application. They would then be eligible to apply for a subsequent Small Capital Grant if the project for which they previously received funds has been successfully completed and a final report concerning the project has been received by the Foundation. There is no waiting period for organizations whose applications were not selected for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting an application to determine whether their organization and/or proposed project are good candidates for funding under this program.

The next deadline to submit a proposal for the Small Capital Grants program is 5:00 PM ET on Friday, September 21, 2018.

First-time applicants must register in the online grants system before starting an application. You will be asked to take a brief eligibility quiz before you may begin the application process. If you have applied to the Smith Family Foundation in the past, please email Amy Hampe to receive a login and password.

Final grant award decisions for the fall 2018 round of applications are expected to be made in January 2019.

For the recent March 2018 deadline, the final grant award decisions are expected to be made by mid-June 2018.

FAQ:
https://www.smithfamilyfoundation.net/faqs/

Eligibility and Guidelines:
https://www.smithfamilyfoundation.net/eligibility/

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://smithfamilyfoundation.smartsimple.com/

Amy Hampe
857-404-0705
ahampe@smithfamilyfoundation.net

Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
One Newton Executive Park, Suite 104
Newton, MA 02462

Main Office: 857-404-0700
Fax: 857-404-0719
info@smithfamilyfoundation.net

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston area (roughly defined as within Route 128) and/or in the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, or New Bedford