We believe that when capacity building is successful, it strengthens and improves an organizations ability to achieve its mission, sustain itself over time, and have a quantifiable impact on the community in which it serves.
An important message regarding Capacity Building Grants application process in 2020:
In response to emergency needs due to COVID-19, the Community Foundation of Greenville is suspending the Capacity Building Grant application process this year. We are expediting awards to a number of longstanding partners that provide housing, crisis assistance, and medical care to Greenville County’s most vulnerable neighbors. We fully expect to return to an open application process in 2021.
To see a list and descriptions of last year’s recipients, click here.
The Community Foundation allocates funds for Capacity Building Grants based on income generated by the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment. Organizations may apply one time per year.
The Community Foundation of Greenville welcomes grant requests from established 501(c)(3) tax-exempt agencies (operating two or more years), located within or offering services to the citizens of Greenville County, South Carolina. The Foundation encourages grant requests that support an organizations ability to establish and/or maintain a solid operating structure, and develop and sustain good governance practices.
Application opens: SEE IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOVE!
Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000
Please click here to access the grant application.
Please click here for required grant budget template.
Capacity Building funding opportunities may include:
Projects designed to improve the organization’s ability to monitor and respond to the needs of its clients and supporters
- Projects involving adoption of management innovation, process improvement and accountability
- Strategies to form collaborative ventures with public, private or other nonprofit institutions
- To support technology audits and analyses of information management systems
- Purchases of computers (hardware or software) or other equipment necessary to improve the organization’s ability to achieve its mission
- Efforts to diversify the organization’s revenue streams
Examples of Capacity Building include:
- Financial planning
- Organizational assessment
- Strategic and long-range planning
- Program evaluation and planning
- Developing marketing plans
- Leadership development
- Feasibility studies
The Community Foundation will follow these guidelines in evaluating grant requests:
- Thoroughly review the requesting organization’s ability to succeed, including evaluation of its budget, Board of Directors, staffing capability, and experience
- Evaluate each request carefully to ensure that projects do not overlap and services are not duplicated
- Require post-grant evaluation to determine whether the funded project met outlined objective
- We will not make grants to individuals
- We will not fund tuition for degree programs, fees and other costs to attend conferences, capital campaigns, campaign consultants (other than initial feasibility study), recurring staff or board training expenses, and endowments
To report a problem or make inquiries contact Debbie Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.