Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants
We seek to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and performance of area nonprofits. Capacity building refers to activities that strengthen the ability of a nonprofit to achieve greater performance and impact.
Project examples include but are not limited to evaluation of core programs, staff or board training, improvement of technology systems, and merger or formal collaboration between organizations.
Typically, grants range from $5,500 to $40,000 with the majority of grants in the $15,000 range. Capacity building grants generally require the recipient organization to raise matching funds.
Click here for the list of 2013 Nonprofit Capacity Building grantees.
Please email Director of Grants and Initiatives Ashley Harper or call her at (901) 722-0022 for more information on grant opportunities.
The application process for 2014 capacity building grants will begin in June. All applicants are encouraged to attend pre-application information sessions. Attendance is mandatory for organizations that have not attended a session within the past two years.
June, July – Pre-application information sessions will be offered. Register here for a session.
August 1 – Letter of intent due; selected nonprofits will be invited to submit full applications
September 22 – Full applications due
October, November – Site visits
December – Grant awards announced
Eligible applicant organizations can demonstrate that they:
- Have operated as a 501(c)(3) agency for the last three consecutive years or longer;
- Provide significant community impact in and have solid relationships with the communities they serve;
- Have stable, demonstrated board and staff leadership;
- Operate under sound financial management and are financially stable; and
- Have a recent strategic plan (within the last three years) that is consistent with the current vision of the organization with evidence that staff, board, and other stakeholders (if applicable) were involved in the process. The strategic plan, as opposed to a business plan, should have a multi-year focus addressing the whole organization and not simply one program or project.
You may download a printable copy of the eligibility criteria and application timeline here.
Download a printable copy of questions.