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CBO Capacity Building Grants

Grants to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
for Organizational Development and Planning Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/17/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania nonprofits for organizational development projects that will enhance an organization's capacity to fulfill its mission. Funding may be used for strategic planning, marketing planning, development planning, and endowment planning.

Community benefit organizations (CBO’s) are encouraged to utilize services offered by Leadership Lancaster and PANO, or professional consultants who can assist in enhancing the organization’s impact on the community.

Examples of Capacity Building:

- Strategic Planning
- Board Development
- Succession Planning
- Marketing Plans
- Development Plans
- Establishing shared administrative services

Evaluation criteria include:

1. Project Vision – Does the vision for the project position the organization to better fulfill its mission in the community?
2. Organizational Sustainability – Does this capacity building effort increase the organization’s long-term sustainability?
3. Need/Opportunity – How effectively are the organizational needs, opportunities, and timeliness of this capacity building initiative communicated?
4. Implementation Plan – Does the application outline a plan for project coordination, utilization of funding, strategies, and a timeline?

NOTE: A best practice for typical capacity building efforts includes a combination of consulting services and an organization’s staff time. Staff time (salaries and benefits) should not exceed 30% of the application’s budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180241

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The funding period runs from July 19, 2018 – July 19, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must come from current 501(c)(3) community benefit organizations that are registered with or exempt from the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Community Foundation staff will verify these requirements utilizing Guidestar and other online resources.

The Community Foundation will not typically fund the following:

- Creation of new organization
- Schools
- Capital campaigns/capital costs (equipment, building costs, maintenance)
- Political campaigns
- Expenses incurred before the grant is awarded
- Cemetery associations
- Religious causes that further a specific belief/agenda
- Individuals

Projects must benefit residents of Lancaster County, PA. Organizations are not eligible to receive grants from the Capacity Building Fund for more than three consecutive years. Organizations are limited to submitting one (1) Capacity Building application per year, and the Community Foundation will accept only one application, regardless of the year it was submitted, per project concept.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to have a conversation with Fran Rodriguez prior to submitting an application.

Community Foundation staff will review and comment on application drafts submitted by May 3, 2018. Application drafts must be submitted through the grant portal. Drafts that are saved, but not submitted, will not be considered for feedback.

On or before May 10, 2018, staff will issue comments and revert your application back to “draft” status. You then can make revisions and re-submit by the final deadline of May 17. Award notification will take place July 19, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

Grant Resources:

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:

Fran Rodriguez
397-1629, ext. 115

Lancaster County Community Foundation
24 W King Street, Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17603

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County