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Fall Cycle Capacity-Building Grants

Grants to Spartanburg County, South Carolina Nonprofits for
Organizational Development and Capacity-Building Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Spartanburg County Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/28/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to Spartanburg County, South Carolina nonprofits for organizational capacity building projects. Funding will be provided for a wide range of capacity building activities, including those focusing on fundraising and funding diversification, technology and social media, strategic planning, and organizational development.

Organizations applying for a grant must be working to address the goals and/or priorities set forth by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project. A particular emphasis will be placed on Education and Social Environment. For more information about the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project or to download the reports, please visit

Capacity-building projects are defined as activities that strengthen an organization’s ability to improve its performance and impact, and must be used specifically to build a nonprofit’s capacity in the area of fundraising/funding diversification, technology/social media, or organizational development. Projects may benefit a single organization, a collaborative initiative, and/or a system of services that address social issues as defined above. Strategic planning grants must specifically be used for one organization to create a strategic plan uniquely for that organization.

The Spartanburg County Foundation gives priority consideration to:

- Projects that clearly provide innovative responses to the goals identified by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project; but do not unnecessarily duplicate other efforts.
- Projects that are collaborative in nature, involving two or more organizations.
- Projects that enhance the internal stability and growth of a receiving organization.
- Projects likely to attract support from matching fund arrangements.
- Projects with a plan for continued funding from other sources.

The Spartanburg County Foundation Trustees are inclined to favorably consider:

- Projects that affect broad segments of the community.
- Projects that demonstrate good planning in light of overall community needs.
- Projects for which partial funding is required rather than total funding by the Foundation.
- Projects with appropriate measurement and evaluation tools in place.
- Projects that promote volunteer participation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179879

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant sizes generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. (Larger grants may be considered at the discretion of the Trustees.)

Term of Contract:

Except in unusual circumstances, multi-year grants are not considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Spartanburg County Foundation considers only those organizations and institutions that are recognized as 501(c) (3) nonprofit and/or tax exempt entities providing services to the residents of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. By meeting these criteria, certain institutions and organizations located outside of Spartanburg County may be eligible for funding; however, funding is restricted to benefit Spartanburg County only. Organizations that serve multiple counties must clearly show that the funds will remain in Spartanburg County.

Organizations that receive a grant through one of the Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Cycles are not eligible to apply for a grant in any other Responsive Grantmaking Cycle within 12 months.

The Spartanburg County Foundation does not generally provide funding for:

- Annual fund campaigns.
- Annual operating support, other than for start-up purposes.
- Recurring requests from a grantee for the same purpose for which a Foundation grant has been previously awarded.
- Endowments.
- Film projects.
- Publication of books or reports.
- Fundraising events, celebrations, or dinners.
- Individual schools unless the proposed project is district- or county-wide and is supported by the District Superintendent(s). Requests from public school systems must come from the superintendent’s office and include a letter of support from the superintendent.

The Spartanburg County Foundation does not provide funding for:

- Lobbying activities, political organizations, or candidates for public offices.
- Individual projects.
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes.
- Research that is of a non-community nature or that does not have promise of near term benefits to the citizens of Spartanburg County.
- Debt reductions, deficits, or previous obligations.
- Retroactive expenses/activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Download the full Fall Cycle Request for Proposals from the Supporting Documents section below.

Grant Application Timeline:

Applications accepted starting Monday, June 26, 2017
Proposals and all attachments due Friday, July 28, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.
Awards notifications Tuesday, October 23 – Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Mid-Year Report Due Friday, May 4, 2018
Final Evaluation Report Due Friday, November 2, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

The Foundation uses an online grant submission process. Applications and required supporting documents must be uploaded using the online system; proposals submitted in any other manner will not be considered. The online grant portal will be open Monday, June 26, 2017 at:

Contact Information:

For questions regarding the grant cycle, please contact Tara Weese, director of grants and initiatives, at or (864) 582.0138. For questions regarding the online application portal, please contact Ashley Whitt, grants manager, at or (864) 582.0138.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Spartanburg County